PAK vs NZ 1st ODI: Pakistan vs New Zealand preview, predicted XIs, live stream, all you need to know

PAK vs NZ 1st ODI: Pakistan will host New Zealand for the first time in 18 years as they gear up for the first ODI in Rawalpindi.
PAK vs NZ 1st ODI: Pakistan will host New Zealand for the first time in 18 years as they gear up for the first ODI in Rawalpindi.

PAK vs NZ 1st ODI: Pakistan vs New Zealand preview, predicted XIs, live stream, all you need to know – Pakistan and New Zealand will tussle in a limited-overs series which begins with three ODIs starting with the one in Rawalpindi on Thursday. The series provides Pakistan with the perfect opportunity to keep their players match fit and assess their strengths/weaknesses heading into the T20 World Cup next month. Meanwhile, New Zealand, who are touring with a second-string side will hope to put a fight after a good performance against Bangladesh.

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Pakistan have their full strength squad at its disposal as they look to get into the groove for the T20 World Cup. The series also provides interim coaches Saqlain Mushtaq and all-rounder Abdul Razzaq to make their mark on the squad, before handing over the reins to Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander. Pakistan have a well set XI, with Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan providing solidity, while their bowling attack has loads of spin and fast bowling options.

New Zealand tour of Pakistan: New Zealand meanwhile are fielding a second-string side with most of their regulars away on IPL duty. They will be touring Pakistan for the first time in 18 years, and a win would be a historic achievement for the Kiwis. Tom Latham led side failed to clinch a T20I series victory in Bangladesh but will hope that experience will prepare them better for the tour of Pakistan.

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PAK vs NZ 1st ODI pitch report

As witnessed during the Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan, the track at Rawalpindi offers assistance to the spinners, but variable bounce could also bring the pacers into play. Scores in the region of 270/280 are common ground, and teams batting first are likely to chase with dew being a considerable factor.

PAK vs NZ 1st ODI weather forecast

The conditions are likely to be sunny and humid, with temperatures ranging from a low 24 to a high 32 degree celsius. There is expected to be some cloud cover, but rainfall is not expected to play spoilsport, meaning a full match is on the cards.

PAK vs NZ 1st ODI: Playing XIs

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Saud Shakeel, Iftikar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Rachin Ravindra, Will Young, Tom Latham (captain and wicketkeeper), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Scott Kuggeleijn, Dough Bracewell, Ajaz Patel, Matt Henry

PAK vs NZ 1st ODI LIVE streaming: PAK vs NZ 1st ODI LIVE scores

Sony Sports Network has bagged the broadcasting rights of the New Zealand tour of Pakistan. Sony Six and Sony Six HD will live broadcast the PAK vs NZ 1st ODI LIVE streaming in India while the live stream will be available on the SonyLiv app. For PAK vs NZ 1st ODI LIVE scores you can check keep tabs on Insidesport.co

PAK vs NZ ODI Full Schedule

1st ODI – September 17 – 02:30 PM IST

2nd ODI – September 19 – 02:30 PM IST

3rd ODI – September 21 – 02:30 PM IST

PAK vs NZ 1st ODI: Pakistan vs New Zealand preview, predicted XIs, live stream, all you need to know