Men in Green will face Black Caps in first of the three-match series On Monday
Pakistan will be eagerly looking to bounce back in the new format when they will face New Zealand in the first T20I of the three-match series in Wellington on Monday.Sarfraz Ahmed-led unit faced an embarrassing whitewash in the recently concluded ODI series, and are yet to win a match on the tour.The Men in Green have already dealt a huge blow as veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik ruled out of the series following head injury.
In his absence, the burden of the batting department will be shared by in-form Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, and Fakhar Zaman, who will be given the responsibility to score the bulk of the runs.The batting department will be also hoping that young Babar Azam, who had a horrid outing in the one-day series, where he scored only 31 runs in five innings at an average of just over six, will return to form and provide that stability as well.
Impressive performance from all-rounder Aamir Yamin in the final match of the ODI series means that he is likely to get a chance, and his place in the final lineup means only one of Hasan Ali or Rumman Raees will be able to get a game alongside Mohammad Amir to share the pace bowling attack.
For the home side, the focus will be on prolonging the consistency from the ODI series and register another thumping win over the struggling visiting side.In the batting department, the team will be hoping that in-form opening partnership of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will continue to deliver just like they did in the 50-over format, whereas captain Kane Williamson and veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor will bring that stability in the middle-order.
In the bowling department, there will be no Trent Boult which means the added pressure will be on veteran pacer Tim Southee to deliver from the front in a relatively inexperienced lineup.The pitch is expected to be great for batting, whereas there are chances of rain as well.