Pakistan survived an almighty scare from New Zealand in the first T20 international, and now they eye off an 11th straight series win in the game’s shortest format. The second T20 international between Pakistan and New Zealand will be contested on Friday November 2nd in Dubai and should provide another thrilling contest.
Pakistan know they have got a fight on their hands as the dynamic New Zealand team showed what they are capable of in the first T20. After a lengthy break from international cricket, the Kiwis bowled well with both pace and spin, they fielded brilliantly with several sharp chances and a run out, and their batting has the firepower to fire against any attack.
However Pakistan are the #1 ranked T20 side in the world for a reason as they got the job done. They do rely heavily on Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez with the bat, but their bowling unit is multi-dimensional and especially dangerous in the hot, dry conditions in Dubai.
Fantasy Players to Watch
It’s hard to look past Mohammad Hafeez when you’re constructing your fantasy cricket lineups. Coming off a 36-ball 45, Hafeez is dangerous with the bat, but also proved miserly with the ball with three tight overs of offspin in the last match. That’s great points for your team, so he is a must-include play.
The wicketkeeper position is an interesting one. Do you gamble on youngster Glenn Phillips, knowing he may open the batting? His record is modest when you compare to Sarfraz Ahmed who is far more experienced but will bat lower in the order. Knowing Pakistan do have a habit of losing quick wickets in the middle order, Ahmed is always a chance to find his way to the middle earlier than expected!
Ish Sodhi is worth considering for a point of difference in your cricket fantasy teams. Many may opt for the Pakistani spinners, but Sodhi is a talented bowler who is enjoying the favourable conditions in Dubai. He’s also capable in the lower order with the bat.
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Pakistan (probable XI): 1 Babar Azam, 2 Sahibzada Farhan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Asif Ali, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand (probable XI): 1 Colin Munro, 2 Glenn Phillips (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Mark Chapman, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Ajaz Patel, 11 Adam Milne