WELLINGTON – Cornered Tigers Pakistan are ready to fight back in the shortest format of the game against flamboyant New Zealand in the first Twenty20 (T20) of the three-match series at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.
The match is scheduled to begin at 6:00 local time (03:00 GMT | 08:00 PKT).
On paper, this is a contest between No. 1 and No. 2 of the format, but New Zealand have a clear psychological edge over Pakistan, with a 5-0 whitewash in ODI series.
This is the same ground where Pakistan last won a game against Black Caps in two years. After that win, Pakistan faced 12 loses on the trot against the same opposition across formats.
This is the golden chance for Green Shirts to step forward, letting their ODI misery behind. The format suites their players most.
On the other hand, the confidence of Kiwis is sky high. A 5-0 whitewash to Champions Trophy winners was enough to permit them few changes in the T20 series.
Some of their key players rested in certain games. Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson, for example, will not play the first game.
Top performers in the Super Smash Cricket League have been provided with an opportunity on the international arena. Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Tom Bruce, Anaru Kitchen, Ish Sodhi and Ben Wheeler come in, all of them with T20 games under their belt in these conditions. Their confidence should be high, and so should New Zealand’s.
Live Streaming Pakistan vs New Zealand 1st T20
Pakistan Televisions Sports channel, PTV Sports will live telecast the match.
Internet users can watch Live Streaming Pakistan vs New Zealand on PTV Sports’ Official YouTube Channel.