New Zealand is scheduled to play Pakistan in UAE in the month of October and November. The side will play three T20s, three one-day internationals and three-match Test series. New Zealand will need to play their best game in order dislodge Pakistan in these conditions.
On the other hand, Pakistan clinched two-match Test series against Australia with a comprehensive win at Abu Dhabi. Pakistan Test Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be pretty relieved to get back to winning ways after a horrible Asia Cup campaign.
Hosts Pakistan will be pretty to continue their winning momentum against New Zealand. The green shirts will need to guard against complacency as New Zealand will certainly pose a bigger challenge than Australia in all three formats.
New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson will be keen to kick start their season on a positive note. Earlier this year, New Zealand completed 5-0 whitewash over Sarfaraz-led Pakistan in the one-day series played in New Zealand. The visitors will certainly be looking to exploit chinks in the Pakistan’s armor in the upcoming tour.
Fakhar Zaman really excelled with the bat after making his Test debut against Australia at Abu Dhabi. The left-hander certainly played with a lot of confidence and composure to earn the appreciation of cricket pundits and fans around the world. Zaman clearly showed that he can adjust to the conditions and work hard for his runs in red-ball cricket as opposed to his role in limited-overs cricket.
Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali are bankable players in the batting department. The trio did chip in with crucial performances during the two-match Test series played against Australia. Imam-ul-Haq also looked good with his form before being sidelined due to injury.
In the bowling department, pacer Mohammad Abbas was standout performer against Australia and really impressed everyone with his skills and consistency. Abbas will certainly pose a threat to New Zealand’s batting lineup in the coming Test series. Yasir Shah is Pakistan’s premier bowler in red-ball cricket. Bilal Asif and Mir Hamza also produced impressive performance against Australia.
On other hand, New Zealand has been a consistent side in world cricket over the past couple of years. The opening pair of Jeet Raval and Tom Latham has done a decent job for New Zealand in Test cricket.
Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and wicket-keeper BJ Watling are experienced players in the batting department. Ross Taylor did not do much in the two-match Test series played against England earlier this year. He will be keen to get back to his best in the upcoming series against Pakistan.
Williamson has topped the batting charts for New Zealand over the past two years. He has scored 810 runs from 11 matches at an average of 50.62 with four centuries to his name. He certainly will be one player to watch for New Zealand in the upcoming series against Pakistan.
Henry Nicholls is a promising player in the middle order that has done well for New Zealand in Test cricket.
In the bowling department, Trent Boult and Tim Southee are established new-ball pair for New Zealand. They will certainly pose a big challenge to Pakistan’s batting lineup in the series.
It certainly will be a close-contested series as both sides have good players at their disposal for the upcoming series in UAE.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018-19 Schedule
1st T20 – Pakistan vs New Zealand
Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at 16:00 GMT
2nd T20 – Pakistan vs New Zealand
Friday, November 2, 2018, at 16:00 GMT
3rd T20– Pakistan vs New Zealand
Sunday, November 4, 2018, at 16:00 GMT
1st ODI– Pakistan vs New Zealand
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 12:00 GMT
2nd ODI– Pakistan vs New Zealand
Friday, November 9, 2018, at 12:00 GMT
3rd ODI – Pakistan vs New Zealand
Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 12:00 GMT
1st Test– Pakistan vs New Zealand
Friday, November 16, 2018, at 06:00 GMT
2nd Test – Pakistan vs New Zealand
Saturday, November 24, 2018, at 06:00 GMT
3rd Test – Pakistan vs New Zealand
Monday, December 3, 2018, at 06:00 GMT