Our prediction is that Pakistan will win to make it 3-0 by winning the third T20I against New Zealand.
Pakistan already have an unassailable lead 2-0 in the 3-match series against New Zealand that is being played in the UAE. They will be taking on the guest in the 3rd and final T20I of the series at the same venue on 4th of November.
The last over finish might seem like Pakistan were at some point in trouble during the chase but that wasn’t the case. They were in control throughout, planned their attack well and eventually chased down 153 with relative ease.
New Zealand have been competitive in both the matches so far, more so than Australia at least, but they, or anyone else for that matter, don’t seem to find a way around this Pakistan team who continues to win series after series in the T20 format.
Pakistan are on a roll as far as T20I cricket is concerned. With 11 successive series wins and 11 successive successful chases, they sit pretty at the top of the T20I ranking.
Bowling has always been Pakistan’s strength but only bowling cannot win you games. It is Pakistan’s batting, that has matured a lot in the recent times, is making them look like an unbeatable side.
Babar Azam, the number 1 T20 batsman, and Mohammed Hafiz are their batting backbones. Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan, who has already become the number 2 ranked T20 bowler, are proving effective in the spin department. Shaheen Afridi is such a great find and is going to be a major threat for the teams in the coming years.
A team that settled, it looks pretty likely that they will walk away with another whitewash against New Zealand in the UAE.
NEW ZEALAND PREVIEW
New Zealand might feel hard done by in the series so far. They took the game to the last over in both the matches but ended up losing in the end. The first match was tighter than the second one.
In the second T20I, Colin Munro at the top and Corey Anderson at the back end of the innings helped them get to a respectable 153 by Dubai standards. But a clinical batting performance by Pakistan’s top and middle order secured a comfortable win for the hosts.
New Zealand should have got more runs in that match if not for breaks successfully applied by the Pakistan bowlers in the middle overs. How to break those shackles and put pressure on the Pakistan bowling must be the top priority for New Zealand think tank.
As has been evident from the first two matches of the series, the pitches in UAE are not high scoring ones. Any target above 150 is tricky and gives defendants a chance to secure a win unlike most other grounds in the world.
Assistance to spin has helped Pakistan to reduce the scoring rate in the middle overs. The teams batting first should be looking to put as many runs as they can on the board and then try to defend on a slow and turning surface.
Pakistan have found a template to win T20Is especially in the conditions such as in UAE. They are going to stick to that. There is not a reason why shouldn’t they. New Zealand would be itching to break that pattern.
But looking at the current team setup and momentum in the series, we back Pakistan to win the third T20I played at Dubai International Stadium in the UAE.