New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1st T20I: With no Babar Azam and Kane Williamson, teams look to identify next batch of players
|Martin Guptill||c: Khan b: Afridi||6||10||1||0||60.00|
|Tim Seifert||c: Ashraf b: Afridi||57||43||6||1||132.56|
|Devon Conway||c&b: Rauf||5||4||1||0||125.00|
|Glenn Phillips||c: Shah b: Rauf||23||18||2||1||127.78|
|Mark Chapman||lbw: Rauf||34||20||4||1||170.00|
|Jimmy Neesham||not out||15||10||0||2||150.00|
|Mitchell Santner||not out||12||8||0||1||150.00|
|Total||(18.5 Ov, RR: 8.28)||156/5|
|Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Martin Guptill, 2.1), 4-110 (Tim Seifert, 14.4), 2-21 (Devon Conway, 3.3), 3-65 (Glenn Phillips, 9.1), 5-129 (Mark Chapman, 16.2)|
|Mohammad Rizwan||c: Phillips b: Duffy||17||17||3||0||100.00|
|Abdullah Shafique||c: Chapman b: Duffy||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Haider Ali||c&b: Kuggeleijn||3||5||0||0||60.00|
|Mohammad Hafeez||c: Chapman b: Duffy||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Shadab Khan||c: Sodhi b: Duffy||42||32||2||3||131.25|
|Khushdil Shah||c: Guptill b: Sodhi||16||20||2||0||80.00|
|Imad Wasim||c: Tickner b: Kuggeleijn||19||14||2||0||135.71|
|Faheem Ashraf||c: Guptill b: Tickner||31||18||2||3||172.22|
|Wahab Riaz||c: Santner b: Kuggeleijn||9||5||0||1||180.00|
|Shaheen Afridi||not out||10||5||0||1||200.00|
|Haris Rauf||not out||0||1||0||0||0.00|
|Total||(20.0 Ov, RR: 7.65)||153/9|
|Fall of wickets: 2-20 (Mohammad Rizwan, 3.5), 1-8 (Abdullah Shafique, 1.4), 4-20 (Haider Ali, 4.1), 3-20 (Mohammad Hafeez, 3.6), 7-114 (Shadab Khan, 17.1), 5-39 (Khushdil Shah, 8.2), 6-79 (Imad Wasim, 13.4), 9-149 (Faheem Ashraf, 19.3), 8-136 (Wahab Riaz, 18.3)|
Pakistan will be without their regular skipper and no.2 ranked T20I batsman in the world, Babar Azam as they prepare to take on the Kiwis in their backyard in a T20I series, one that will ideally kickstart their preparations towards the T20 World Cup in India in 2021.
The New Zealand cricke team too are without some of their Test players – Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Daryl Mitchell – for the first T20I. While these players will join for the second and third game, the first one offers a chance for the hosts to test some of the talented players from the domestic T20 competition, the Super Smash.
Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy and Doug Bracewell are all in the mix for the first T20I and it’s likely that at least two of them will figure in the playing XI. Pakistan, meanwhile, have been in quarantine in New Zealand, but a breach of the bio bubble in between has meant that they are short on practice.
Team news: New Zealand
Mitchell Santner will skipper the Kiwis for the first game in the absence of Kane Williamson. They are likely to have Tim Seifert, Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway in the top-order with James Neesham, Doug Bracewell and Santner playing the all-rounder roles.
Todd Astle could get a game ahead of Ish Sodhi as New Zealand test their leg-spin cupboard in preparation for the T20 World Cup. Tickner, Duffy, Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn could form the pace attack. With Ross Taylor dropped from the side, it’s a massive opportunity for Conway and Seifert to nail down their spots.
Team news: Pakistan
Pakistan are without their skipper too and Shadab Khan, the leg-spinner is expected to lead them. However, he is fighting illness too and if he misses out, they will have to seek a new leader before the first game. Abdullah Shafique will likely open the batting for them alongside Mohammad Rizwan, the wicket-keeper.
Hussain Talat and Sarfaraz Ahmed, added to the squad for this series, will likely play in the XI. In Babar Azam’s absence, Pakistan will need a strong presence in the batting order and they will hope the young Haider Ali can step up. On the bowling front, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir and Shaheen Shah Afridi will be Pakistan’s premier attack. Imad Wasim will likely be the finisher and powerplay bowler.
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan, Hussain Talat, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Usman Qadir, Shaheen Shah Afridi
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert, James Neesham, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Todd Astle, Scott Kuggeleijn, Blair Tickner
Shaheen Shah Afridi: The new ball specialist in Pakistan’s pace attack, Shaheen Afridi is a terrific T20 bowler. With the New Zealand conditions aiding early movement and swing, Shaheen will be a handful and will be used to create early inroads in the New Zealand batting line-up. The left-arm pacer is a powerplay bowler and could be used in am extended spell of three overs at the start to try and get breakthroughs in the early half of the innings.
Glenn Phillips: Glenn Phillips might still be new to the New Zealand T20I setup, but a veteran at domestic level and with experience of franchise cricket from around the globe, the opener is a terrific player to have at the top. He recorded the fastest century in T20Is by a Black Caps player in the recent series against West Indies and will be watched out for yet again as the T20Is against Pakistan gets underway.