Second ODI Preview: Pakistan vs. New Zealand
Second ODI Preview: Pakistan vs. New Zealand

Pakistan and New Zealand are ready to battle it out in the second ODI of the three-match series in Abu Dhabi on Friday. The home side will be desperate to turn things around after a disappointing outing in the first match where they suffered a 47-run defeat. It was the Men in Green's 12th consecutive defeat against the Black Caps in the 50-over format.

The management will be hoping the team will put up a much better show in the batting department and will be relying on the likes of Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to do bulk of the scoring, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim and Shaheen Shah Afridi to provide breakthroughs at important junctures.

On the other hand, the visitors will be eager to continue their good run after an impressive performance on Wednesday. In the batting department, the team will be relying on captain Kane Williamson and veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, pacers Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be responsible to provide early breakthroughs.

Dubai is a venue where scoring big is generally a difficult thing as the pitch is two-pace and the boundaries are big. So far, there've been 29 matches played in the 50-over format at the venue, with only two scores of 300 or more were posted. The team's highest score of 355-5 was registered by England in the match against

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Azeem Siddiqui
Passionate sports follower in the field of sports journalism for more than five years. Loves writing about cricket, football, and tennis.
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