Pakistan vs New Zealand: With a draw in the first Test match, Pakistan and New Zealand are going for the final match of the 2-match Test series on 2nd January 2023, at National Stadium Karachi.
Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, Test 2 of 2
Date: 2nd January 2023
Time: 10:30 AM IST
Venue: National Stadium Karachi.
Pitch Condition: The second and final Test match will be played at the National Stadium Karachi. The pitch in Karachi will help batters well. The Karachi pitch will be pretty flat like Rawalpindi, and it will be hard toil for bowlers to score. 300 will be the average first innings score here.
Pakistan vs New Zealand – The Squad
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Abrar Ahmed, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Ghulam, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Noman Ali, Naseem Shah, Sajid Khan, Salman Ali Agha, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shahnawaz Dahani, Saud Shakeel, Shan Masood and Zahid Mehmood.
New Zealand: Tim Southee (c), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi,Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young.
Pakistan vs New Zealand – Team Performance in the Past Matches
A well-fought Test match as the last Test match of the year comes to an end with a draw. Winning the toss, Babar Azam led Pakistan to win the toss and decided to bat. The skipper scored 161 runs, but his departure in the first over of Day 2 has allowed New Zealand to make a comeback. But Agha Salman also scored a century and his expertise to bat with the lower order was one of the highlights of Pakistan.
For Kiwis, Tom Latham stroked a fabulous hundred. Then Kane Williamson put on an excellent show with the bat as he scored his fifth double-century in Tests.
Pakistan lost out on many chances as they were restricted under 450 on Day 2. New Zealand reached 612 at the end of the first innings and managed to earn a 174-run lead.
In the second innings, Pakistan managed to score 311 runs in an 8-wicket loss. Ish Sodhi took his confidence into bowling and then picked up a 6-wicket haul, his best bowling figures in an innings. But the other two spinners were disappointed in the second innings leading New Zealand to miss out on the series. Saud Shakeel’s 55-run knock in the second innings and his partnership with Mohammad Wasim saved the Test match for Pakistan.
Pakistan vs New Zealand – Face to Face
New Zealand and Pakistan have faced each other in 61 Test matches. Out of these 61 matches, New Zealand has won 14 whereas Pakistan has come out victorious 25 times. 22 matches ended with a draw.
Here our experts at FCL are giving a prediction for the coming match. Hope you could find it helpful by any means.
Wicket-Keeper: Tom Blundell.
Batsmen: Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Imam-ul-Haq, Tom Latham.
All-Rounders: Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Bracewell.
Bowlers: Abrar Ahmed, Ish Sodhi, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee.
Captain: Abrar Ahmed.
Vice-Captain: Babar Azam.
Wicket-Keeper: Tom Blundell, Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Batsmen: Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham.
All-Rounders: Michael Bracewell, Agha Salman.
Bowlers: Abrar Ahmed, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Captain: Babar Azam.
Vice-Captain: Kane Williamson.