Pakistan is right now making perfect headlines when it comes to play Twenty20 format, they just finished their tenth series win over Australia in UAE. This was also their fourth whitewash result against any team in the format which is also most by any team. They also retained their number one rank on the ICC T20 Internationals rankings. Now it is time to shift their focus from Australia and prepare for Australian niebhours New Zealand, whose most of the players are already in UAE playing for NZ A team against PAK A, they won the A T20 series by 2-1. No doubt Sarfraz and his teammates are very much ready to replicate their performance of Kangaroos against Kiwis. Let’s dig out few stats and records of between both countries in T20 International cricket.
Head to Head Pakistan 10 – 8 New Zealand
From 2007 till now both teams played on 18 occasions against each other in which Pakistan succeeded on 10 times while Blackcaps capitalized to win remaining 8 games. Pakistan played recently in New Zealand a three match T20I series, which they won by 2-1 and now again they are playing a complete three match series, let’s see how Pakistan continued their domination over New Zealand in this format.
Highest team score for New Zealand
Back in 2015-16 tourney New Zealand batsmen smashed Pakistani bowlers and scored their highest score 196 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. In this game they outclassed Pakistan by 95 runs, Pakistan was failed to chase down these 196 runs and whole team was all out at only 101 runs, only Sarfraz Ahmed could score 41 runs, rest of Pakistan batsmen flopped, Adam Milne and Elliott picked up three wickets each.
Lowest team score for New Zealand
80 is the lowest scored by New Zealand team against Pakistan, they were chasing Pakistan’s 184 runs at Christchurch on the 30th of December in 2010. Abdul Razzak and Shahid Afridi picked up 3 and 4 wickets respectively in this game.
From Pakistan Ahmed Shahzad and Hafeez scored the bulk of runs 54 and 34 respectively. Pakistan won the game by 103 runs.
Highest team score for Pakistan
Current year is the perfect year for Pakistan’s T20 team as they also posted their highest score against New Zealand in this year as well. 201 at Auckland are the highest score for Pakistan against New Zealand, thanks to Pakistan’s top order who produced this master class performance. Fakhar (50), Shehzad (44) Babar (50) and Sarfraz (41) were the major contributors; in reply NZ could only score 153 runs and Pakistan won the game by 48 runs.
Lowest team score for Pakistan
Pakistan’s 101 are their lowest score against New Zealand. They were chasing 196 and their chase never gets going and they kept losing their wickets.
Highest Individual score for New Zealanad
Martin Guptill’s unbeaten 87 are the highest individual score for NZ against Pakistan. In 2016 at Hamilton, he smacked Pakistani bowlers out of the park along with Kane Williamson; they both knocked out Pakistan by 10 wickets while chasing Pakistan’s 169 runs inside 18 overs.
Highest individual score for Pakistan
76 of Sarfraz Ahmed are the highest individual score by any Pakistani against New Zealand in an inning. In run chase at Dubai Sarfraz played this brilliant inning and was also awarded as player of the match in 2014.
Most wickets for New Zealand
Tim Southee who is also with the current squad is the most successful bowler of Kiwis against Pakistan. He picked up Pakistan’s 16 wickets. Adam Milne is on the second with 11 wickets also available to play in the series.
Most wickets for Pakistan
Pakistani super star Shahid Afridi is leading the list of most wickets for Pakistan against New Zealand with 21 wickets, while Umar Gul at second with 15 and Ajmal at third with 10 wickets. Umar Gul’s 5 for 6 runs in the Twenty20 cricket world cup who can forget that spell of him at Oval, he was sensational. Right now Pakistan will be playing with totally different bowling attack, only Shadab is on top 10 in the list of most wickets for Pakistan. He and rest of the bowlers will definitely eying to get in to the top 10 list during these three Twenty20 International games.
Most Runs for Pakistan
Umar Akmal with 284 runs is leading the list of Pakistani batting in his 13 games against them; Mohammad Hafeez is not far away from Umar with only 4 runs behind, he stood at second position of the list for Pakistan who scored the most runs against the same opposition.
Most Runs for New Zealand
Martin Guptill with 463 runs is the most run-getter against Pakistan this format, who is unfortunately not available to play due to his injury. Ross Taylor is on the second with 253 runs, he is also not in 15 players squad, but luckily New Zealand’s third most run-maker player and their captain for the series with 249 runs is playing in the series, definitely he will be eying to make full use of this opportunity.
Pakistan T20I Squad:
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Hussain Talat, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Waqas Maqsood, Faheem Ashraf, Asif Ali
New Zealanad T20I Squad:
Kane Williamson(c), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Glenn Phillips, Ajaz Patel.
Pakistan is likely to win the series, this time we aren’t giving you margin, and surely they will strengthen their number one T20 International team on ICC rankings.
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