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ODI Match Today: PAK vs NZ – Match 1
Match Date: Thursday, April 27
PAK vs NZ Match Timing: 6:30am | 10:30am GMT | 3:30pm Local
Match Venue Today: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
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Series Schedule: PAK vs NZ Schedule, Match Dates & Venues
Pak vs NZ Match Preview
Pakistan and New Zealand will face off in a five-match ODI series following their thrilling T20I series, which ended in a 2-2 tie. The first match is set to take place today, with the action kicking off in Rawalpindi. The final match will be played on May 7 in Karachi.
In a closely contested T20I series, New Zealand managed to level the score after trailing 0-2, with the fourth match being abandoned due to a hailstorm. This intense competition has set the stage for an exciting ODI series, starting in Rawalpindi today and continuing with the second match at the same venue. The last three matches will be held in the bustling port-city of Karachi.
As both teams focus on their preparations for the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, Pakistan is nearly at full strength, while New Zealand is missing some key players due to the Indian Premier League. New Zealand currently leads the Cricket World Cup Super League standings with 16 wins in 24 matches, while Pakistan is in fifth place with eight wins in 13 matches.
Since 2022, Pakistan has won nine out of 12 ODIs and three out of four series. However, their only loss came against New Zealand earlier this year in a 1-2 bilateral series defeat. Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, emphasized the importance of each match leading up to the Asia Cup and the World Cup. He expressed confidence in his team’s ability to perform well in the coming months.
New Zealand’s skipper, Tom Latham, praised his team’s comeback in the T20I series but acknowledged the tough challenge the ODIs will present. He emphasized the need to adapt quickly to the new format and hopes his team will rise to the occasion.
Both Pakistan and New Zealand have the opportunity to reach the top of the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings with a series victory. Currently, New Zealand is tied with Australia and India, while Pakistan sits in fifth place. A 5-0 sweep for Pakistan would propel them to the top of the rankings.
PAK vs NZ Head-to-Head Record
In the head-to-head ODI statistics between Pakistan and New Zealand, the two teams have displayed a closely contested rivalry. Out of the total matches played, Pakistan has come out on top 56 times, while New Zealand has secured 50 victories. There has been one tied match, and three matches have ended with no result. These numbers reflect the competitive nature of the encounters between these two cricketing nations.
|New Zealand||50 win|
Pak vs NZ Match 1 Weather Report
Today, Rawalpindi will experience a warm day with a high temperature of 31°C and a low of 19°C. The sky will be mostly clear, with periodic clouds making an appearance. There is a chance of up to 24% precipitation throughout the day. Wind speeds will range between 10 km/h and 14 km/h. So, overall, it will be a pleasant day with moderate winds and very little possibility of showers.
PAK vs NZ Match 1 Pitch Report
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium is known for its balanced pitch, providing a fair contest between the bat and the ball. The pitch usually offers some assistance to the fast bowlers early on, with the new ball providing seam movement and bounce. As the match progresses, the pitch tends to slow down, offering more assistance to spinners, particularly during the middle overs. The pitch is likely to provide an exciting contest, with opportunities for both batsmen and bowlers to showcase their skills. Teams winning the toss may consider bowling first, capitalizing on the early assistance for seamers before the pitch eases out for batting.
Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI Squads
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Haris Sohail, Ihsanullah, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Haris (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Usama Mir.
New Zealand: Tom Latham (c), Adam Milne, Ben Lister, Blair Tickner, Chad Bowes, Cole McConchie, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Jimmy Neesham, Mark Chapman, Matt Henry, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Blundell, Will Young.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Series schedule (ODIs to begin at 3.30pm local time):
- 27 Apr – 1st ODI, Rawalpindi
- 29 Apr – 2nd ODI, Rawalpindi
- 3 May – 3rd ODI, Karachi
- 5 May – 4th ODI, Karachi
- 7 May – 5th ODI, Karachi
Check out full Series Schedule, Squads and Match updates during New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2023 here.
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