Pakistan and New Zealand will lock horns in the third ODI of the five-match series on Wednesday, May 3 at National Stadium, Karachi. The Babar Azam-led side is leading the series 2-0 after winning the first two games by five wickets and seven wickets, respectively. Pakistan will hope to seal the series in the third ODI by handing Kiwis another crushing defeat.
On the other hand, New Zealand will hope to stage a comeback like the T20I series, which they managed to draw after being 0-2 down. New Zealand’s bowling has let them down in both matches as they failed to defend scores of 288 and 337, respectively. The Tom Latham-led side will be eager to put up an improved show in the third game and get their first win of the series.
PAK vs NZ Match Details
Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI Match, New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2023
Venue: Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Date & Time: Wednesday, May 3, 04:00 PM IST
Broadcast & Live Streaming Details: Sony Sports Network, SonyLiv app and website
PAK vs NZ Pitch Report
In the 67 ODIs played at the National Stadium in Karachi, teams batting second have won on 34 occasions while teams batting first won on 30 occasions. The average first innings score at the venue is 234 while the highest total recorded at the venue is 374/4 by India. The captain winning the toss is likely to field first and will look to chase down whatever target they get, as has been the tradition so far in the series.
PAK vs NZ Probable Playing XIs
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Ihsanullah
Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Mark Chapman, Henry Nicholls, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry
PAK vs NZ Probable Best Performers
The Pakistan captain has scores of 49 and 65 to his name in the first two ODIs respectively. With the openers providing a great start to the side in both matches, the 28-year-old has not got much time in the middle and hence has not been able to notch up a big score. Babar would be raring to go in the third ODI and will hope to lead from the front and help his side seal the serious with a magnificent innings from his bat.
After wreaking havoc with the ball in the T20I series, Rauf has carried his form and into ODIs and is the leading wicket-taker in the series with six wickets to his name from two matches. The right-arm seamer picked up 4/78 in his 10-over spell and picked crucial scalps at every stage of the game.