2nd ODI (D/N), New Zealand tour of United Arab Emirates 2018, Watch NZ v PAK Cricket highlights today – Second one day international from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (U.A.E) Friday 9th November 2018. Five out of the six ODIs in Abu Dhabi this year have been won by the team batting first. Pakistan barely scraped through in a chase of 258 in the other game. And besides, with the prickly afternoon weather, most teams would prefer being on the field after the night sets in. Surfaces in the UAE have shown a tendency recently to not favour extremely high scores, so a total of 250 or thereabouts should prove competitive.
Legspinner Todd Astle has returned home without playing a single game on the tour to have his right knee examined. Astle’s absence, however, shouldn’t have much of an effect on a New Zealand team that won’t likely be swayed into making any changes. Hasan Ali is going through a rough patch, and it seems increasingly likely that Pakistan may soon turn to a replacement. Faheem Ashraf wouldn’t be a bad choice if they do choose to do so. And with the circumstances surrounding Hafeez, Faheem gives Pakistan that extra all-round option.
Pakistan have lost the toss and will bowl first.
Pakistan team/playing XI
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c) †, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Faheem Ashraf.
New Zealand team/playing XI
GH Worker, C Munro, KS Williamson (c), LRPL Taylor, TWM Latham †, HM Nicholls, C de Grandhomme, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, LH Ferguson, TA Boult.
Pakistan: LLLWL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
New Zealand: WLWLL