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Pakistan continued to exhibit contrasting performance in ODIs as compared to the other two formats of the game as they slumped to a 47-run defeat to New Zealand in the opening game of the series. The fans were anticipating a better performance from Pakistan especially after their dream run in T20s, but they not only recorded their ninth loss this year but also their 12th consecutive loss to the Kiwis. The Kiwis, on the other hand, will be particularly happy with their first win of this tour coming after a humiliating 3-0 defeat in the T20s. The two teams will now lock horns on 9th November at the same venue where both the teams are expected to come out all guns blazing.
With ICC World Cup 2019 not too far, this was the series where Pakistan could test their bench strength and figure out the combination for the marquee tournament. Instead, their old set of problems continue to divert the think-tank's attention.
Pakistan's story of their loss in the first ODI was quite characteristic to Pakistan. It followed the usual pattern of top-order collapse and then some valiant efforts from their lower middle order to take them home. Babar Azam rare failure acted as a catalyst to their collapse from which the men in green never recovered.
Unlike their batting, Pakistan's bowling did decently on a surface which had little assistance for the bowlers. Shaheen Afridi dismissed two Kiwi batsmen upfront before hurting them again in the middle overs. Shadab Khan, as seen in T20s, was deadly accurate and picked up four wickets including that of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham. With Imad Wasim, too, available at their disposal along with Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez to bowl, their bowling attack is pretty much settled.
Their batting did pretty well in the shortest and the longest format of the game, but they somehow find pacing their innings a bit too tough in the ODIs. With not much time left in the ICC event, their batting needs to step and adapt quickly. If they can do that, there's no doubt that Pakistan could replicate their T20 success in the longer formats too.
Imam-ul-Haq, F Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, SI Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi.
Although New Zealand won the opening game, Kane Williamson won't be too ecstatic about the win considering the issues they still need to address. The opening pair could not carry them beyond powerplay as both Worker and Munro failed to get going.
As was the case in the T20s, New Zealand struggled in the middle overs when spinners were in operation. Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim tormented their middle order as the duo strangled them for runs which resulted in five important wickets. The form of Ross Taylor, who played an important knock of 80, is a big positive for the Kiwis. Taylor along with the likes of Latham, Munro, and Williamson will need to take it to the death overs where their hard hitters can capitalize.
The inclusion of Lokie Ferguson and Trent Boult worked wonders for the visitors as the speedsters picked up six wickets between them. The highlight of their defense was the Trent Boult's hattrick which wreaked Pakistan's top-order. Lokie Ferguson and Colin de Grandhomme bowled well thereafter as they defended a not-so-big total with considerable ease.
Going into the second ODI, the Kiwis will be looking to fine-tune their batting and if they can sort out their troubles with the spin, Pakistan will have a tough time yet again in the tournament.
George Worker, Colin Munro, KS Williamson, Ross Taylor, TWM Latham, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, TG Southee, IS Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, TA Boult.
With surface likely to get slower as the game progresses, batting second won't be easy. Therefore, we expect the captain winning the toss to bat first.
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The weather at Abu Dhabi is known to be hot and dry and we expect nothing different on Friday as well. The surface is expected to break and slow down as the game progresses making chasing a little difficult. As witnessed in the first game, anything in excess of 260 will require a decent effort to chase down.
Pakistan's poor form in the ODIs is highlighted by the fact that they have not registered even a single win against any nation other than Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, and Afghanistan. The Kiwis, on the other hand, are known to punch above their weight and did decently after a long pause from international cricket. While both teams have their set of problems to deal with, the Kiwis appear to be a better-settled unit with the likes of Williamson, Latham, Munro, and Taylor in fine form. The addition of Boult and Ferguson have further strengthened their bowling lineup which makes them firm favorites to win the second match of the series as well.
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