Pakistan and New Zealand have played 2 matches in this series, and both teams have won 1 match each.
In the previous meeting of this series, Devon Conway became the Man of the Match and Mohammad Nawaz scored the most fantasy points for Pakistan with 137 fantasy points per match, while Devon Conway topped the fantasy points table for New Zealand with 130 fantasy points per match.
Although Pakistan showed decent bowling, limiting the Black Caps to an acceptable total of 261, and at one point the visitors were on their way to a grand total thanks to a 181-run stand in the second wicket between skipper Kane Williamson and Devon Conway, the Pakistan batsmen fell short of expectations during the chase.
Captain Babar Azam was the only warrior in the Green’s lineup, scoring 79 runs after 114 hits. In the second innings, the Kiwi bowlers showed outstanding ball-handling and worked in tandem to help their team stay alive in this ODI series.
Nasim Shah is on fire this series, showing consistent performances with the ball in hand in the last two games, registering a fielder (5/57) and following it up with three wickets (3/58). With eight wickets under his belt already, the young player hopes to distinguish himself in the wicket column more than once.
New Zealand, under Kane Williamson, fought hard and unsuccessfully in the Test series. They had a great campaign against India in the ODI series, where Tom Latham was at his best. Their trio of spin bowlers, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, will also be in the spotlight.
Devon Conway might have been removed for a golden duck in the series opener, but he was stellar for New Zealand with a winning century in his second ODI. The Southerner’s 101 balls with 92 balls helped the visitors put together a competitive total of 261 runs on the scoreboard, which ultimately proved fruitful. Conway was also recognized as the player of the match.
Last year Pakistan was phenomenal in ODI, losing only one game. Therefore, it would not be surprising if they start 2023 with a win as well.
Our prediction: Pakistan will win.