Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI may be at a day’s interval, yet the buzz surrounding their forthcoming encounter has already crossed new horizons and expected to break few more viewership numbers by the time the game commences.
The first game witnessed the hosts suffering a 47-run defeat at the hands of Williamson & Co., credits to some impeccable performance from Trent Boult and Taylor. Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan tried their best to curb down the Pakistani lineup but faltered eventually against the grit and determination of the tourists.
Keeping the last game’s performance in mind, here are the names of the 5 players who’d play a significant role in steering their team to a victory in the much-hyped Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI at Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: 4 players to watch out for
The 20-year-old bowling all-rounder might have done justice to his bowling prowess but failed pitiably when donning the batsman’s glove. With figures of 10-1-38-4, Shadab Khan left a scarring impact on Kiwi batsmen, and a performance dittoing the one essayed by him in the previous game could be anticipated in the forthcoming game.
Pakistan’s rising sensation in white-ball cricket will remain an integral component of thier unit in the forthcoming duel versus Kiwis. Being a must-win encounter, the task of ensuring his team’s triumph would depend significantly to the performance that would be put up by the likes of the 24-year-old.
Boult’s breathtaking pace prowess managed to get the better of the Pakistani batsmen on hattrick of occasions, making him the 3rd Kiwi bowler to clinch the majestic feat to his name. He ended his fiery spells with figures of 10-1-54-3 makes him a sure-shot contributor for the Kiwis in the upcoming feud, which holds the key for their victory.
Shaheen Afridi has turned into a nightmare in the eyes of the Kiwi gentlemen. With splendid performances in recently concluded T20is and the ongoing ODIs versus the Kiwis, the 18-year-old has managed to garner an immense degree of respect and adulation from the cricketing fraternity across the globe. In the 1st ODI, the left-armer scalped 4 wickets to his name, and a similar performance could be expected out of him in the must-win feud.