Past Records – Pakistan Vs New Zealand 2018!
New Zealand has won three matches out of the last 5 one-days played. While, Pakistan has been in the spotlight, on the moon, so to say because they won all the 5 previous one-day internationals. In fact, they are an unbeaten side since winning the Champions Trophy 2017 in the 50-over format. This has to count for something – Green Shirts will definitely be more confident, trying to win it and add this match to their winning streak.
Players Making a Difference
Martin Guptill, the destructive opener for New Zealand is back in the squad. What can you expect from him? It’s not easy to predict Guptill’s plan because as soon as he spends a bit of time on the crease, the gears automatically shift to beast mode, destroying the strongest of oppositions on any given day. Pakistani bowlers need to keep an eye out for this man if they want to keep New Zealand’s score under 250.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will be starting its proceedings with the likes of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman, the dynamic duo of Champions Trophy 2017 final. From the locals’ perspective, the pair was capable but not enough to become stars overnight. Well, they proved them wrong and passion took over their skills, damaging the opposition to a point from which they couldn’t come back.
Pakistan’s consistency is a big question mark. This winning streak is nothing less than miraculous. Giving them the benefit of doubt, if the openers are able to repeat that performance, it will turn more than a few heads and chances of Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018 series overshadowing the big fish (Australia vs South Africa) series will increase.
Trent Boult – The Lethal Factor!
Why are we not talking about Black Caps bowling attack? Trent Boult and the medium pacer Tim Southee will be leading it. Boult, the speedster is already making my screen hazy by the thumps of his feet running at full force. He has a record of throwing the ball at 143.3 km/h. He is lightning fast, given the fact more of the modern bowlers are slowing down. These two bowlers could be the deciding factors of Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018 series.
Captain Cool – Keeping the Nerves in tact
Kane Williamson, the innocent genius with a cool head on top will be leading the side into the Wellington one-day international. One thing to expect from the collected captain is consistency and not panicking even if a huge total pile up.
Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistani captain gives everything on the field as a wicketkeeper and a leader, constantly talking to the players and motivating them. Let’s see who can control the nerves and who panics on the day. Eventually, the less anxious side will control Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018 series.
Weather & Pitch Conditions
Basin Reserve, Wellington is the venue for the fixture. It has been 2 years since the ground hosted an international match. But stats have proved the pitch to be bouncy and offering swing to the bowlers after hitting the deck. A bit of drizzle is likely to happen during the match but to no or least affect, so hopefully, we will be able to witness a complete match. Also, those overcast conditions might give more control to the bowlers in Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018 series.
On a Logical Note
Black Caps are far more superior side to the visiting Pakistanis because they have won the last 11 matches out of the previous 12 encounters. This is an unbelievable winning ratio against the green shirts. It will give them the edge and might just help transfer the momentum on their side to beat the visiting team.