Pakistan’s playing XI vs New Zeland: Babar Azam’s Pakistan cricket team is riding high on confidence after beating arch-rivals Team India by 10 wickets in their first game of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 here at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. The openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan chased down 152 set by Team India and no other batsman got the chance to showcase their talent. However, PSL star Haider Ali could replace Asif Ali in the playing XI ahead of the New Zealand game on Tuesday.
We at Insidesport will take you through probable playing XI of the Pakistan side for the New Zealand game.
Openers – Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan
Babar Azam revealed before the India game that he will be opening the batting for Pakistan along with Mohammad Rizwan in the T20 World Cup. In the very first match, the duo delivered in a great fashion by posting 152 runs opening stand. Both the opening batsmen scored the fifties in the game and are likely to continue at the top.
Middle Order – Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik
Pakistan’s middle-order has a combination of experience and youth. Fakhar Zaman has shown brilliant form in the warm-up games and will aim to continue the same however he will not be playing at his usual position that is opening the batting. Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik will be the number 4 and 5 for Men in Green. Both these batsmen have vast experience of playing T20 cricket around the world which would be useful for the team. However, their strike rate can be a thing of concern for the Pakistan team mangement.
Lower Order – Haider Ali in place of Asif Ali
Asif Ali was given the opportunity in the first game ahead of Haider Ali. Asif did not get any chance to showcase his talent however Haider could prove vital against the leg-spin of Ish Sodi in the New Zealand game. However, it would be a big decision for Pakistan team mangement as they will want to continue with the winning team.
All-rounder – Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan
Two spin all-rounder will be very crucial against New Zealand at Sharjah where spinners received big support from the pitch. Both these spinners will prove vital against the batting line-up of Blackcaps who have struggled against spin in the recent past.
Pacer – Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi
Except for Hasan Ali, all the bowlers on Pakistan’s side were impressive in the first game. Shaheen Afridi was economical and he took three wickets of India’s Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Haris Rauf picked just one wicket but was very economical. Hasan Ali needs to pull his game up as he leaked runs at an economy of 11 in the opener.
Pakistan’s Playing XI
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi