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|Colin de Grandhomme||4.0||0||41||2||10.25|
|Colin de Grandhomme||6||8||1||0||75.00|
Pakistan cruised to yet another win to mark their 11th T20I series victory after they hammered New Zealand comfortably in the second T20I of the series at Dubai. The Kiwis were perceived to be better contenders than Australia, but the way Pakistan have played them out has been commendable. New Zealand will have a clear goal in front of them when they take out the field in the 3rd T20I at Dubai on 4th October - to get back to the winning ways and redeem their lost pride. Kiwis have displayed glimpses of individual brilliance on many occasions in this series and a team effort is what they'll need in the upcoming contest.
To say the least, men in green have been relentless in the shortest format of the game in the last couple of years. They've lost just four out of their last 31 games. On top of that, it's only happened two times in their last eight games, that they've been stretched and one was the first match of the series where New Zealand faltered after getting within touching distance of a win, thanks to their bowlers.
The bowlers have done exceedingly well for Pakistan with the likes of Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim keeping things tight in the middle overs. The tall lanky fast bowler, Shaheen Afridi, has been brilliant both in the powerplay and at the death and almost every batsman have found him to be difficult to hit.
The return of Fakhar Zaman was a welcome change for their batting lineup which appeared to be a little wobbly in his absence. Mohammad Hafeez's return to the national setup has been nothing short of a fairy-tale. He's influenced the results of both T20 games after scoring a hundred in the test series against Australia. Although Pakistan have won the series and the management might be tempted to test their bench strength, they're unlikely to tinker with the combination which has yielded terrific results for them in the recent past.
F Zaman, Babar Azam, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, SI Wasim, Shadab Khan, Usman Khan, W Maqsood.
With ODI series coming up next, New Zealand have a plenty to play for in the upcoming match considering the vulnerabilities they exhibited in the two T20s. Despite Colin Munro scoring runs heavily, they failed twice with the bat as their middle order failed to capitalize on flying starts.
Unlike the last two games, Kane Williamson and Co. will need to take up more responsibility in the middle order to convert a good start into a big total. On both occasions in the series, their middle-order has thrown away the advantage of a set platform which they'll be keen to fix as soon as possible. Furthermore, Glenn Phillips' poor form hasn't helped them and in fact, has put extra pressure on the in-form Colin Munro to score runs quickly.
With batting struggling in unfamiliar conditions at Dubai, their bowlers have done a reasonable job in the two matches. They were terrific in the first match where everyone except Southee chipped in with the wickets and did well to stretch Pakistan in the second match. They'd, however, need to put up an even better performance to boost the team's morale and cover for their out-of-touch batting and if they can do it, Pakistan will have their work cut out.
Colin Munro, GD Phillips, KS Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme, Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Seth Rance.
Although batting first didn't go well for the Kiwis in the last match, the team batting first usually has the upper hand at Dubai, historically. In fact, Pakistan have had a terrific set of results batting first in their last few matches. Therefore, we expect the captain winning the toss opting to bat first.
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It's going to be yet another day where spinners will enjoy bowling. There are negligible chances of rain and the hot and dry weather really assists the spinners. As has been the case in the series so far, powerplay will be the best time to score and both sides will be looking to take advantage of the first six overs. Anything in excess of 165 will be difficult to chase here.
In spite of series being already conceded, no team is expected to take this game lightly with the ODI series coming up next. Momentum plays a huge role in cricket and a win here for the Kiwis could bring about the turnaround they want. However, considering the way they've gone in the series, a win for them appears to be unlikely. We expect Pakistan to win the final encounter as well to wrap up the series 3-0.
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