With two consecutive wins, Pakistan is already leading against New Zealand in a five-match T20 series. What New Zealand are looking for is their first win as the two teams take field for the third T20I. The game will take place today at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Read more to find out PAK vs NZ Dream11 Prediction, Player Stats, Captain & Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Pitch Report, Playing XI, Injury and Weather updates.
After winning the first T20 by 80 runs, Babar Azam led side also managed to win the 2nd T20 by 38 runs in the second T20I on Saturday, April 15 at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
In the Second T20, Pakistan won the toss and was elected to bat first. Skipper Babar played a magnificent inning of 101*(58). And helped Pakistan to post a big target of 192. In reply, Kiwis were restricted to 154/7 as Haris Rauf took a four-wicket haul.
- Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand
- Venue: Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
- Date & Time: 17 April 2023, 09:30 PM IST
- Live Streaming: Sony Sports Network & SonyLiv app
So far 26 T20 matches have been played at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Out of them, 15 have been won by teams batting first. The average first innings score at the venue is 162 while the highest total recorded is 209/3. The highest successful chase is 176/8 by Pakistan against Zimbabwe. The Pacers have been very successful at this venue. They have taken 75% of the total wickets at this venue. Hence, the captain winning the toss will look to bat first and put runs on the board to put the opposition under pressure.
The weather forecast in Lahore on match day is not very good. There are some chances of rain. And the match might get interrupted.
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PAK vs NZ: Head-to-Head Records
New Zealand and Pakistan have faced each other in 31 matches in T20. Out of these 31 games, New Zealand has won 11 whereas Pakistan has won 20 times.
PAK vs NZ: Dream 11 Top Picks
Babar Azam (PAK)
The skipper is in good form and scored a ton in the previous match. The right-handed batsman has scored 101*(58) smashing 11 fours and 3 sixes. So far he has played 101 T20 matches and scored 3465 runs with 3 centuries and 30 half-centuries. He might be a good pick.
Mohammad Rizwan (PAK)
The wicket-keeper and opener batter scored a half-century in the second T20I – 50 off 34 balls. He also smashed six fours and a six in his innings. The right-handed batter recently finished as the highest run scorer in the Pakistan Super League with 550 runs. He got dismissed for just 8 in the first T20I and slowly found his feet hence, a big score is expected from the PAK opener.
Haris Rauf (PAK)
The right-arm fast bowler is in sensational form as he picked up a four-wicket haul in both matches. Rauf has eight wickets to his name in the first two games at an average of 5.62. The 29-year-old will look to add more wickets to his overall tally in the third game.
Mark Chapman (NZ)
In the last two matches, Mark Chapman has played a crucial knock. With 65* in 40 balls including 4 fours and 4 sixes maintained his form. Also, he might be a good pick as a Vice-Captain.
PAK vs NZ: Dream11 Prediction Team
- Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan
- Batters: Babar Azam, Daryl Mitchell, Fakhar Zaman, Mark Chapman
- All-rounders: Jimmy Neesham, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan
- Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Adam Milne
Dream11 Captain & Vice-Captain Choice for Today’s Match
- Captain: Babar Azam
- Vice Captain: Haris Rauf
Also Read: Top Knocks of the IPL 2023 so far!
PAK vs NZ: Probable Playing XI
Pakistan (PAK) :
Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Saim Ayub, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
New Zealand (NZ) :
Tom Latham (c & wk), Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Cole McConchie, Henry Shipley, Matt Henry, Ben Lister
PAK vs NZ: Match Prediction: Who Will Win?
Pakistan might win the match.
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