Two changes are likely in the national team for the second T20. Zaman Khan is likely to replace Aamir Jamal and Muhammad Nawaz is expected to replace Osama Mir.
The Pakistan team did not get off to a good start in the 5-match T20I series against New Zealand. They lost their opening game by a margin of 46 runs. All eyes are now on the second match, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Hamilton. In the first T20 match of the series, Pakistan’s performance was disappointing, especially with the ball.
He scored his highest-ever 226 runs in the T20I format. Now, captain Shaheen Afridi needs to consider the playing XI for the next match. He needs to make some strategic decisions both in terms of bowling attack and batting department. Pakistan are expected to make two changes to their playing XI for the second T20 match.
Zaman Khan is likely to replace Aamir Jamal.
Muhammad Nawaz is expected to replace Osama Mir. The first T20I match created a major concern for Pakistan’s bowling. Aamir Jamal was the most expensive bowler with 55 runs in 4 overs. Apart from Aamir Jamal’s struggle, leg-spinner Osama Mir also failed to take any wickets and conceded 51 runs. Meanwhile, experienced left-arm orthodox spinner Mohammad Nawaz is expected to return to the team.
Debutant fast bowler Abbas Afridi was impressive as he took 3 crucial wickets for 34 runs in his 4 overs. He is expected to continue playing in the second match along with pacers Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf. The batting department especially saw an excellent turn from young talent Saeem Ayub. He started the innings along with vice-captain Mohammad Rizwan and scored 27 runs off just 8 balls.
Moreover, Babar Azam, who batted at number three, played a continuous innings of 57 runs, but he ultimately failed to bring the team victory. Looking ahead, the middle order consisting of Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Azam Khan is expected to finish strong. Hence, there is likely to be no change in the batting department, as it looks to be a solid line-up. The second T20I between Pakistan and New Zealand will start tomorrow at 11:10 am Pakistan time at Seddon Park in Hamilton.