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Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 series – Will the sabbatical bring good fortunes to the Kiwis or is it going to be another cakewalk for Pakistan?

After pulling off an Aussie clean sweep, Pakistan now looks forward to carrying the same momentum into their next 3 matches T20 series against New Zealand. The scoreline of 3-0 is no exaggeration – That’s how good the Men In Green were in the recently held T20 series against Australia.

New Zealand, on the other hand, hasn’t played international cricket for almost 7 months. Kane Williamson’s men pose a much bigger challenge to the hosts than the Australian team. It will be interesting to see how well the Kiwis players manage to adapt after such a long break.

Pakistan has retained the same squad for the T20 series against New Zealand which whitewashed the Aussies in the three-match series in UAE. New Zealand’s campaign will depend a lot on how the blistering left-handed opener Colin Munro fares against Pakistan’s bowling lineup.

There will be three Test matches, three ODIs, and three T20Is, to be played from October 31 to December 7 in the United Arab Emirates. The first of the three T20I matches will be played at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

Pakistan and New Zealand have locked horns 18 times in T20Is. Pakistan edges it out with 10 wins whereas New Zealand has emerged victorious 8 times.

Craig McMillan talks about IPL experience ahead of Pakistan series

Black Caps batting coach highlighted the importance of T20 tournaments in helping NZ batting lineup ahead of Pakistan series
Black Caps batting coach highlighted the importance of T20 tournaments in helping NZ batting lineup ahead of Pakistan series

New Zealand’s batting coach Craig McMillan said in an interview to ESPNCricinfo – “We’ve had a lot of players playing in different franchise competitions around the world from the CPL to the IPL to the NatWest over in England. So we’ve got a fair bit of experience. There’s nothing better than playing in those competitions. We know Pakistan are a very strong side; No. 1 in the world at the moment. Very hard to beat in home conditions,”

“There are different challenges for batsmen and bowlers in hot conditions and that’s one of the things the guys have to get right when they’re on the field, in terms of fluid intake, making sure they’ve got those energy levels up, because it does sap it out of you when it’s 35-40 C. That’s why it’s important just to get out, get them sweating, get them working in the field, so that come Wednesday night, we’re ready to rock and roll,” the former NZ batsman added.

Pakistan squad: Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Hafeez, Sahibzada Farhan, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Sarfraz Ahmed (C), Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Khan Shanwari, Hassan Ali, Imad Waseem, Waqas Maqsood, Faheem Ashraf

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

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Gourav Pilania is the Head of Content at ThinkQuant. He is also a guest writer for India Today and can be followed on twitter @pilania_gourav.

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