NZ v PAK highlights today – Second one day international from Saxton Oval, Nelson (New Zealand) Tuesday 9th January 2018. Saxton Oval, Nelson cricket ground highest ODI total is 322 with 4 down scored by Bangladesh against Scotland in 2015, home team highest total of the venue is 285 with 6 down against West Indies which was scored in 2014. Pakistan team will play their first international match here (Pakistanies v New Zealand XI tour match was also played here and Pakistanis won by 120 runs target was 342). Which means this pitch will be batting friendly. Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman both openers scored their centuries here and both gone retired out.
Pakistan have won the toss and decided to bat first.
Pakistan team/playing XI
Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) †, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees.
New Zealand team/playing XI
MJ Guptill, C Munro, KS Williamson (c), LRPL Taylor, TWM Latham †, HM Nicholls, MJ Santner, TD Astle, TG Southee, LH Ferguson, TA Boult.
Match Timings: 11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30 Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45
Pakistan tour of New Zealand 2nd ODI Highlights
Umpires – Chris Brown, Richard Illingworth
TV Umpires – Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee – Sir Richie Richardson
Reserve Umpire – Wayne Knights
Match number – ODI no. 3947
The forecast in Nelson isn’t ideal, with rain expected throughout the week. Clouds may clear early enough for the game to begin on time, though stoppages would not be a surprise. As for the pitch, it has historically been slower than most New Zealand surfaces, and so the spinners may find themselves more in the game than they did in Wellington. New Zealand are expected to field an unchanged side. Pakistan, while disappointing on Saturday, will look to recreate the spark that saw them perform to their potential in Nelson – the venue for this ODI – in a tour game last week. They, too, are expected to field the same eleven.