Probable Playing XI for Pakistan in the Second T20I Against New Zealand

Pakistan started their tour of New Zealand on a disappointing note, suffering a 46-run defeat in the first T20I against the hosts.

Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted a formidable total of 226 runs, thanks to outstanding performances from Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell. Despite a valiant 35-ball 57 from Babar Azam, Pakistan could only manage 180 runs in response.

Looking ahead to the second match at Seddon Park in Hamilton, Pakistan is eager to make amends and level the series.

Probable Playing XI for Pakistan in the Second T20I Against New Zealand
Probable Playing XI for Pakistan in the Second T20I Against New Zealand

Aside from lackluster fielding, the visitors were notably disappointed with the subpar performances of leg-spinner Usama Mir and pacer Aamer Jamal. Mir conceded 51 runs in his four-over spell, while Jamal disappointed by giving away 55 runs, contributing to his team’s downfall.

The visitors might consider making a few changes by including pacer Zaman Khan in this crucial fixture, possibly replacing Jamal. If this alteration occurs, the visitors may also opt to replace Usama Mir with the accomplished all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz to bolster the batting depth in their lineup.

The stylish left-handed batter, Saim Ayub, will maintain his position as the opener alongside Mohammad Rizwan. Following them in the batting order will be Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, and the wicketkeeper-batter Azam Khan.

Captain Shaheen Afridi will lead the pace attack, supported by Haris Rauf, Abbas Afridi, and Zaman Khan.

Pakistan’s likely playing XI: Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Azam Khan (WK), Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi (C), Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan, Abbas Afridi

Remaining matches:

  • 2nd T20 – 14 January 2024 at Seddon Park, Hamilton
  • 3rd T20 – 17 January 2024 at University Oval, Dunedin
  • 4th T20 – 19 January 2024 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch
  • 5th T20 – 21 January 2024 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch

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