New Zealand vs Pakistan – 3rd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is New Zealand vs Pakistan taking place? Sunday, November 11th

Where New Zealand vs Pakistan taking place? Dubai

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Pakistan? 28-30c with sun forecast all day

What channel is New Zealand vs Pakistan on? The match will be shown live on Star GOLD (Sky Channel 729)

Where can I stream New Zealand vs Pakistan? The match will not be available via streaming

Are tickets still available for New Zealand vs Pakistan? https://www.q-tickets.com/pakvnz2018/eventlist.aspx

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand lost in Abu Dhabi on Friday as the win for Pakistan sees them tied and one match apiece coming into this decider in Dubai and they will be looking to lift themselves and get back to winning ways here.
  • The reliance on Ross Taylor has been heavy in the first two matches as he has continued his outstanding form against Pakistan but they desperately need Williamson and some of the more inexperienced players to improve and contribute as they have lost early wickets in both matches so far.

  • After Trent Boult’s stunning bowling in the first ODI, they looked extremely flat in the second match as Pakistan looked remarkably comfortable against them and rarely under threat so they will hope to trouble them more here as they likely go unchanged for this match unless they throw another spinner into the team.

PAKISTAN

Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed

  • Pakistan’s poor recent record against New Zealand came to a halt on Friday with the comfortable victory and they come into this deciding match knowing a win would see them win their first series against them in seven years.

  • Imam-ul-Haq's scans came back all clear after being hit on the helmet by Lockie Ferguson but they will assess his condition and frame of mind before this game to decide whether he is fit enough to start once again.
  • Hasan Ali continues to struggle and the New Zealand batsmen look far more comfortable against him than most of the other Pakistani bowlers so he may be well be brought out of the firing line with Usman Khan potentially coming into the side in what is the only possible adjustment.

THE PREDICTION

After New Zealand had a clear edge in the first ODI, Pakistan were dominant in the second as the tourists’ batsmen struggled against their bowlers and then Pakistan were superb in the run chase. New Zealand have been losing early wickets in their innings and that is not helping them, while Pakistan rely on their openers getting off to a good start too. New Zealand may prefer the track in Dubai to Abu Dhabi, but Pakistan look comfortable against their bowlers now they have seen enough of them and they should have the firepower with the bat to win this deciding match and series.