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PAK vs. NZ today match details:
Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand
Date: January 12, 2024.
Time: 06:10 PM LOCAL / 11:10 AM PST
League: Pakistan tour of New Zealand, 2024
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
PAK vs NZ 1st T20I Preview
Get ready for a fiery clash on Friday, January 12th, as Pakistan and New Zealand lock horns in the first T20I of their five-match series at Eden Park, Auckland. Both teams bring unique strengths and intriguing storylines to the table, promising a spectacle for cricket enthusiasts around the world.
Last Match Summary:
The recent memories of their T20 encounter remain fresh. In the Tri-Nation Series final held in Christchurch last October, Pakistan edged past New Zealand by a nail-biting margin of 5 wickets. Babar Azam’s masterful 79 runs anchored the chase, while Shaheen Afridi’s fiery spell of 4 wickets crippled the Blackcaps’ batting effort.
Head-to-Head in T20Is:
The head-to-head record in T20Is paints a close picture. Both teams have triumphed 12 times each in their 24 encounters, with the remaining matches ending in draws or no results. Notably, Pakistan enjoys a slight edge at Eden Park, having won two out of their four T20Is against New Zealand at the venue.
Key Points to Watch:
- Shaheen Afridi’s Captaincy Debut: All eyes will be on Shaheen Afridi, Pakistan’s new T20I captain, as he leads the charge for the first time. His strategic acumen and fiery pace will be crucial in containing New Zealand’s aggressive batters.
- Kane Williamson’s Return: New Zealand welcomes back skipper Kane Williamson after a year’s absence from T20I action. His calm presence and tactical nous will be vital in navigating the Blackcaps through the series.
- Eden Park’s Batting Paradise: The pitch at Eden Park is renowned for its batsman-friendly surface. Expect fireworks from both teams’ power hitters, with the likes of Babar Azam, Rizwan, Seifert, and Conway capable of clearing the boundaries with ease.
- Spin Factor: As the dew settles later in the game, the role of spinners will come into focus. Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner for New Zealand and Mohammad Nawaz and Abrar Ahmed for Pakistan will look to weave their magic and restrict the flow of runs.
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1st T20I, Auckland, January 12, 2024, 11:40 AM
New Zealand beat Pakistan by 46 runs
PAK vs NZ Team Squads
Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saim Ayub, Azam Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Aamer Jamal, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi (C), Haris Rauf, Usama Mir, Zaman Khan/Mohammad Wasim Jr
New Zealand Squad:
Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Adam Milne