Venue: Karachi Cricket Stadium.
It will be warm with the temperature in the mid-high 20s during the first half of this game. Expect plenty of humidity the later this game goes.
Karachi’s National Bank Cricket Arena offers a batting-friendly surface with an average first-innings score of 247 runs. New Zealand managed to score 250-plus runs in the first ODI here but Pakistan easily chased the target with very little help for the bowlers in the second innings.
Match Preview: Pakistan (PAK) will clash against New Zealand (NZ) in the second ODI match at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi on Wednesday (January 11). Pakistan won the opening match by six wickets to take a crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The young pacer Naseem Shah took five wickets to restrict New Zealand to 255/9 while bowling first. For New Zealand, Michael Bracewell scored the highest 43 runs while Tom Latham contributed 42 runs.While chasing, Pakistan’s top-order started well with Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam smashing fifties but it was Mohammad Rizwan’s 77* off 86 balls knock which guided Pakistan to an easy win with 11 balls remaining. Pakistan have won three of their last five ODI encounters against New Zealand and are favorites to win this match as well.
Babar Azam(C), IU Haq, Agha Salman, FK Zaman, H Sohail, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Usama Mir
Kane Williamson(C), Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Finn Allen, DJ Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, HB Shipley, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Southee, LH Ferguson