After drawing the Test series 0-0, Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the ODI series with a fairly comfortable 6-wicket win. Naseem Shah continued his good form and picked a maiden 5-fer, while fifties from Fakhar, Babar and Rizwan ensured the target was chased down with 11 balls to spare.
Most of New Zealand’s batters got starts but none could convert them into a big score and that is something they will have to do to keep the series alive. The pitches too become better for batting under lights in subcontinental conditions and for that the toss becomes a big factor. Is it once again going to be ‘win toss and chase’? Or something different? We’ll know soon.
Pakistan vs New Zealand Cricket Highlights today. 2nd ODI, National Stadium, Karachi, Wednesday 11-01-2023, New Zealand tour to Pakistan.
New Zealand have won the TOSS and chose bat first
Pitch Report and Condition
Weather in Karachi is very humid today, so a lot of due is expected in evening” — Which is why most of us aren’t sure why Williamson chose to bat first. Chris Harris sees no grass on the pitch, and thinks it will be full of runs. He thinks spinners will “play a massive role”, and it would be tough for the seamers.
New Zealand Playing XI
Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(w), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson
Pakistan Playing XI
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Haris Sohail, Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf