AT A GLANCE
When is New Zealand vs Pakistan taking place? Friday, November 9th
Where New Zealand vs Pakistan taking place? Abu Dhabi
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
Captain: Kane Williamson
- New Zealand bounced back nicely from their whitewash in the T20 matches to win the first one-day international on Wednesday, and their composure and class in the batting line-up ensured they stayed focus even after losing some early wickets.
- The reliance on their experienced batsmen remains significant as Worker, Nicholls and De Grandhomme together combined for just a solitary run so there is still plenty of improvement to come even though they will likely name an unchanged team here.
- The bowling attack lived up to expectations with Trent Boult causing the early damage with a hat-trick that Pakistan never really recovered from and that will give them great confidence coming into this game with Boult’s superb record against the Pakistan batsmen in recent times.
Captain: Sarfraz Ahmed
- Pakistan’s poor recent record against New Zealand continued on Wednesday as they lost the opening match in this ODI series and they are struggling to transfer their T20 dominance into the longer format over 50 overs.
- Captain Sarfraz Ahmed was furious at Ross Taylor questioning the action of Mohammad Hafeez’s bowling action during the first ODI, so that will only serve as a motivational factor for the Pakistani team to fight back in the series after the opening loss.
- They will not make any kneejerk reactions from that opening defeat although they typically do make changes even when they win matches, so the likes of Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan may drop out after average bowling performances while the top order could also see a change after they crumbled early on to Trent Boult.
The 50-over format clearly favours New Zealand’s batsmen and bowlers in fairness as they have the quality, class and depth to produce the goods and to remain composed in difficult situations. Pakistan on the other hand are the opposite and the traits that make them an excellent T20 team can sometimes be their weakness in the longer format. There is plenty of bite between these sides after the controversy over Hafeez’s bowling action and Taylor’s complaints, and that may motivate the Pakistan team even more so. At the same time however, emotions may affect their performance even more so, and New Zealand look the stronger outfit coming into this game.