|Pakistan v New Zealand 2014|
||vs|| New Zealand
ScheduleFriday, 12 December 2014 at 11:00 GMT / 11:00 UK / 16:30 IST
VenueSharjah Cricket Stadium
Pakistan kicked off the One Day International series against New Zealand on a positive note by winning the opening game and leads the five match series at 1-0. New Zealand fought well in the match, will not take it easy in the remaining ones and work hard in the next game to level the series. The Black Caps managed 246 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the required 50 overs, the Green Shirts hammered 250 with three wickets in hand and even deliveries still available. The home side was reeling at 6-124 after 30.2 overs when Haris Sohail and Shahid Afridi guided them to a winning position.
The top order batting line-up of Pakistan collapsed in the opening game and six of them surrendered cheaply. Haris Sohail and Shahid Afridi shared a healthy partnership of 110 runs for the seventh wicket with their individual scores of 85 and 61. Ahmed Shehzad and Sarfraz Ahmed scored 28, 26 runs whereas Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq are required to concentrate on their batting. Mohammad Irfan was the most successful bowler with three wickets while Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi got two and one wicket respectively.
The entire batting of the Kiwis revolved around Ross Taylor who smashed his 11th ODI ton and remained unbeaten for 105. None of the other batsmen crossed the 30 runs mark while Dean Brownlie, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham and Anton Devcich should be more responsible with their willows in rest of the games. Daniel Vettori, James Neesham, Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum bowled as required by their team.
Friday, December 12, 2014 @ 11:00 GMT, 15:00 local at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
A sunny day followed by a nice evening with the temperatures around 18-28ᵒC.
The winning skipper will opt to bat first.
The Black Caps have sweet memories at Sharjah since they beat the hosts comfortably in the third Test by a big margin of an innings and 80 runs on November 30, 2014. However, the wicket will behave normally for the batsmen and the bowlers with accuracy can get suitable results.
Pakistan – Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Mohammad Irfan.
New Zealand – Kane Williamson (C), Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne.
The Green Shirts can extend their lead to 2-0 in the coming encounter.