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Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018, 2nd ODI Match Prediction

Nov 09, Fri 11:00 GMT , Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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New Zealand 209/9
Pakistan 212/4 *
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

Pakistan won by 6 Wickets

ABOUT THE MATCH

Despite having won 3-0 in the T20 series, Pakistan looked lost at sea in the One Day format as they were beaten comfortably in the first ODI.

Match Preview

New Zealand look more at ease in the 50 over format as they registered their 12th successive win over Pakistan. It remains to be seen if they can win one more and seal the series.

iconPakistan Team News

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim did well in the chase but they received very little support. Pakistan need to bat like they do in the T20s if they want to start playing better in the ODI format.

Shaheen Afridi and Shadab bowled well, picking up 4 wickets apiece. More is expected of them in the second ODI. Hasan Ali has not been performing well and could be dropped with Faheem Ashraf brought in. Another major concern for Pakistan is that questions were raised yet again about Mohammad Hafeez's bowling action despite him being cleared by the ICC in May.

iconNew Zealand Team News

Opener Colin Munro needs to step up for the Kiwis as his partner George Worker is just 2 ODIs old and is a work in progress. Munro is still to bag a century despite playing 37 innings now. The pick of the New Zealand batsmen were Ross Taylor and Tom Latham. Kane Williamson will also look to contribute more.

Trent Boult was the saviour for the Kiwis. Having arrived in the UAE just 3 days before the 2nd ODI after the birth of his baby, he ripped through the Pakistani top order as he picked up a hat trick. He will want more.

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Pitch Conditions

 

5 out of the 6 ODIs played in Abu Dhabi in 2018 have been won by the team batting first. 250 is a par score here and another reason it makes sense to bat first is because fielding in the unforgiving UAE sun would tire out the players.

Toss Prediction

 

Expect the team winning the toss to bat first.

Our Match Prediction

New Zealand have a very good chance of winning this match and sealing the series 2-0.

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