Final ODI: New Zealand win toss, elect to bat first against Pakistan
KARACHI: New Zealand have won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan in the final match of the PAK vs NZ ODI series here at Karachi’s National Bank Cricket Arena on Sunday.
Babar Azam is playing his 100th match today.
As per the team combination, Pakistan has made one change in Playing XI as Shadab Khan comes back replacing Mohammad Haris, while there are some seven bowling options today with 2 front-line leggies, 3 pacers, and 2 part time off-spinners.
Experts say Imam Ul Haq is currently top ODI ranked batter but benched in the fifth ODI against NewZealand whereas Shan Masood picked to open along Fakhar Zaman. He was about to become number 3rd in ICC ODI batsman rankings by the end of series but surprisingly, PCB decided to drop him after 3rd match.
It may be mentioned here that this is a must win game for Pakistan to sustain their number 1 ODI position.
Pakistan: Shan Masood, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Haris, Agha Salman, Usama Mir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf
New Zealand: Will Young, Tom Blundell (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c), Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Cole McConchie, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Ben Lister, Blair Tickner