About the Match
After winning the T20 series against Pakistan, New Zealand is geared up to take on the visitors in the 3-match ODI series that starts with the 1st ODI at Wellington on 25th January. While Pakistan started the series with a shocking win in the opening T20 match, they were unable to keep the winning momentum going and lost the next two matches to lose the series. They will definitely try to make a comeback with all their firepower in the upcoming ODI match on Monday; on the other hand, the Kiwis who are known for their aggressive approach will leave no stone unturned to emerge victorious again.
Kane Williamson, who is in very good form with the bat, will lead the side from the front and he definitely looks confident to get the big runs; Tom Latham who is also in good nick with the bat will come in for McCullum while Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls and Watling will also feature in the batting line-up. Ross Taylor will be out of the squad due to injury but Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott and Luke Ronchi bring a lot of experience on the table.
The pace attack consists of Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matt Henry and Adam Milne; Corey Anderson, Elliott and Munro will bring variety to the attack and their all-rounding skills provide a definite edge to the team. Mitchell Santner provides the only slow-bowling option for the Kiwis but he has time and again proved that he can be lethal against any opposition with his effective wicket-taking abilities.
They are a strong unit with a well-balanced bowling attack and an in-form batting line-up that has been performing well in the series and will definitely come out all guns blazing in the upcoming match.
Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Safraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik have immense experience playing away from home and helping the team win matches with their hard-hitting skills; the batting line-up also consists of Asad Shafiq and captain Azhar Ali.
Mohammad Amir has impressed with his fast-bowling and provides good support to Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Irfan with the pace attack; Babar Azam, Zafar Gohar, Asad Shafiq, Maqsood and Imad Wasim bring their spin bowling tactics to the table and depth to the squad. In the recent T20 series, the pace bowlers had better results than the spinners but the one-day format could give them enough opportunities to strike against the Kiwi batsmen.
Pakistan did well in the opening match of the series but their last two games exposed some weaknesses, which they must overcome here to bounce back. If the openers can build a strong foundation and the middle-order continues to keep the scoreboard ticking, then they can definitely put up a stiff challenge for the hosts on Monday.
New Zealand showcased their skills with both bat and ball to win the T20 series and they are a tough unit to crack; Pakistan has good resources to fight back here but we feel that the Kiwis who have a good combination of aggression and winning strategy will win the first one-day match