Sarfaraz and co. looking to bounce back from first ODI defeat in Nelson on Tuesday
Pakistan will be ken to put on a much better show than they did in the series opener when they will face hosts New Zealand in the second ODI of the five-match series on Wednesday.
In the first ODI, the Black Caps showed supremacy over their rivals courtesy 61-run win through D/L method on Saturday. Going into the series, there were some doubts over the visitors fragile batting department, which only strengthened after the first ODI and the team management will be looking to senior pro’s – Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali to make a big impact in the second match.
However, captain Sarfraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur will be hoping that opener Fakhar Zaman, who scored a brilliant unbeaten 82 before rain halt the play in Wellington, will continue his good form in Nelson as well.
In the bowling department, looking at the track traditionally, the role of young leg-spinner Shadab Khan becomes more significant, whereas it will be also interesting to see if Sarfraz will show some faith in veteran all-rounder Malik and give him a chance to produce some magic with his off-spin.In the pace department, even after a disappointing outing in the first match, left-arm pacer Rumman Raees is likely to get another go as there are no major alternatives available in the squad.
For New Zealand, things look comfortably at ease. In the batting department, the team management will be hoping that skipper Kane Williamson will continue his good form after scoring a brilliant century, whereas more will be expected of veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor, who had a disappointing outing in the last match.
In the bowling department, the focus will be on spin duo of Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner to make the most of the bowling conditions in Nelson.The pitch is expected to be slower in nature, whereas there are chances of rain throughout the day which means full match might not be possible.