Pakistan will be taking on New Zealand in the first game of the five-match T20I series at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore on Friday. All of Pakistan’s first choice players, including skipper Babar Azam will be back in action against a depleted New Zealand side, after skippering their three-match T20I series against Afghanistan which they lose 2-1.
The Black Caps have been severely depleted with most of their players opting to play in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season. The Kiwis will be led by Tom Latham in the absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson, who may be ruled out for most of 2023.
Skipper Babar will be under pressure to perform after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi had confirmed recently that he had sought the opinion of Pakistan selection committee on retaining Babar as captain of the side. Pakistan, though, had an impressive run in the T20 World Cup 2022 last year in Australia, reaching the final only to lose to England.
Pakistan will be powered by an impressive pace battery led by Shaheen Shah Afridi along with Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf. Youngsters Ihsanullah and Zaman Khan will get another opportunity to put the disappointment of the Afghanistan series behind them.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I Match Details
Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Date & Time: April 14, 930pm IST onwards
Live Streaming and TV details: Sony Sports Network and SonyLiv website and app.
PAK vs NZ 1st T20I Match Dream11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Tom Latham
Batters: Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Daryl Mitchell
All-rounders: Shadad Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, James Neesham
Bowlers: Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Adam Milne
Captain: Muhammad Rizwan
Vice-captain: Daryl Mitchell
Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I Match Prediction 11
Pakistan: Shan Masood, Babar Azam (C), Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi
New Zealand: Chad Bowes, Will Young, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Henry Shipley, Tom Latham (C), Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Adam Milne