Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20I- Key battles

Pakistan vs New Zealand has always been a nail biting battle to watch out. Both the teams are packed with amazing talent.

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By Dilpreet Singh Mand Mand | Apr 14, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Pakistan vs New Zealand is going to be a thriller competition for the cricket fans around the globe. There is going to be a series of 5 T20 Internationals, of which the first match will be played on 14 April, 2023. Pakistan recently completed their popular league, Pakistan Super League, which was a nail-biting tournament. Many New Zealand players were part of the tournament as well. Both the teams clashed against each other in the Test series of 2022-23. The series was played in Pakistan and the current T20 series will also be going to be played in Pakistan. The first match will be played in Gaddafi Stadium, which is situated in Lahore city. 

Babar Azam vs Ish Sodhi

It will be an interesting battle to watch out for between Babar Azam and Ish Sodhi. Ish Sodhi is a leg spinner and is capable of taking wickets of set batsmen. As it is seen earlier, Babar struggles against spin bowling. Although, New Zealand is going to play with only one spin bowler, because Pakistan’s strength lies in their pace bowling and to counter that, New Zealand will be playing with at least 4 pace bowlers. Babar Azam has stunning T20I records as he has scored 3355 runs in 99 matches. He was ranked no.1 by International Cricket Council (ICC) in T20 rankings. Ish Sodhi’s stats are no less, as he has grabbed 115 wickets in 94 T20I matches. It will be interesting to watch them against each other.

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Daryl Mitchell vs Shaheen Afridi

Shaheen Afridi is a renowned left arm fast bowler, who is known for taking wickets with his yorkers and fast pace. Whereas Daryl Mitchell is an all rounder who is capable of hitting boundaries easily and scoring quickly. It will be an interesting battle to watch out for between Shaheen and Dayrl. Shaheen creates problems for right handed batsmen by bowling round the wicket, but Daryl is a player who is in form. He has scored 969 runs in 47 T20I. On the other hand, Shaheen has also played 47 T20I and has grabbed 58 wickets with an economy rate of 7.52. 

Mohammad Rizwan vs Matt Henry

This is yet another battle to look forward to between Mohammad Rizwan vs Matt Henry. Rizwan is one of the most dynamic batsmen around the world. On the other hand Matt is one of the most fearsome bowlers in the New Zealand team. Mohammad Rizwan has played a total of 80 matches in T20 career and has scored 2635 runs. His stats are top class and he is capable of changing the tide of the game. Whereas Henry has played only 7 T20I and has taken 7 wickets. But his stats in Test and One Day International are outstanding. He has taken 119 wickets in 67 ODI matches and in Test cricket he has taken 72 wickets in 21 matches. Therefore, it will be interesting to see Mohammad Rizwan vs Matt Henry against each other.

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