Pakistan will take on New Zealand in the second double header match of the World T20 Cup in Sharjah on Tuesday, the 26th of October. While Pakistan registered a historic victory over India in their first match, New Zealand will begin their campaign in the World T20 Cup 2021 in today's match. Pakistan's record of winning in the UAE is still unbeaten and the Kiwis will try in all their might to break Pakistan's winning streak.
Pakistan's undying confidence
Pakistan broke the record of never winning against India in a World T20 Cup match in their first game when they registered a massive win of 10 wickets against India. Pakistan is filled with confidence after their win and looks strong with their bowling order. The very first ball by Shaheen Afridi that took Rohit's wicket stumbled India's opening order. Afridi is expected to bowl even better against the Kiwis.
Kiwis, the underdogs
New Zealand have not played too many T20 matches in the recent past. They will take on a team that is coming up with a big win today. New Zealand have also lost both the warm-up matches and will face a big challenge to beat Pakistan today. But New Zealand is a team that knows how to make a comeback. Martin Guptill's return will definitely give them strength in batting. The New Zealand team has a good number of young players who will be guided by experienced players like Kane Williamson.
The maximum and minimum temperatures at Sharjah will be 34 and 23 degrees respectively. The humidity will be around 32 percent with no chances of rainfall.
Sharjah's pitch is slow but the team batting first here in the last two matches has scored well. Dew can play an important role in the second innings so the team that wins the toss can opt for the bowling option. The score beyond 170 will be a challenging one.
Probable Playing XI For Pakistan
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
Probable Playing XI For New Zealand
Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson