New Zealand tour of Pakistan 2023: Pakistan vs New Zealand – 3rd ODI Preview and Updates

In the second one-day international against New Zealand, Fakhar Zaman hit his third hundred in a row. This inning was a hard-hitting 180 off 144 balls, and it helped Pakistan reach the big target with relative ease. This was Pakistan’s second-highest successful one-day run chase. New Zealand set a target of 336 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the match. However, Pakistan reached the target with nearly two overs to spare, largely due to the efforts of Fakhar Zaman. The hosts now have a 2-0 lead in the five-game series. They will be the series favorites from now on. In the third game of the series, they will face New Zealand at the National Stadium in Karachi.

The 3rd ODI between Pakistan vs New Zealand will take place on May 3rd, 2023 at National Stadium, Karachi.

Match Details to Note

Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI, New Zealand tour of Pakistan, 2023

Date: May 03, 2023 (Wednesday)                                               

Time: 4:00 PM IST

Venue: National Stadium, Karachi

Pakistan vs New Zealand

Pakistan vs New Zealand

Pakistan (Match Odds – 1.45):


Even by the standards of modern one-day international cricket, New Zealand’s target of 337 runs for Pakistan’s batters was quite daunting. However, this does not apply when playing a one-day match at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium. When Fakhar Zaman bats like that, the bowlers have no real chances. Pakistan’s top opener has hit three hundreds in a row in one-day matches. His second-match innings made the New Zealand bowling appear listless.

Fakhar Zaman and skipper Babar Azam put on a 135-run stand. Babar Azam scored 65 runs, and the Pakistani chase was led by these two. Later on, a superb counter-attacking partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Rizwan put the game out of reach for the visitors. Mohammad Rizwan scored 54 runs off 41 balls, demonstrating that the Pakistani batting lineup is too powerful for the Kiwi bowling attack. Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, and Rizwan follow Fakhar Zaman.

Pakistan’s batting order is extremely deep. Even in the remaining matches, the inexperienced Kiwi bowling attack is unlikely to put too much pressure on this batting order. Naseem Shah was also impressive in this game, despite bowling on a flat surface that provides little to no assistance to fast bowlers. He took a wicket and conceded 49 runs in his quota of 10 overs. Haris Rauf was Pakistan’s most successful bowler, taking four wickets for 78 runs. The Pakistan spinners struggled to make an impression because the wicket provided little assistance to their style of bowling.

Full Squad:

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan(w), Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Ihsanullah, Shan Masood, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr

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Players to watch out for:

Fakhar Zaman

The 33-year-old left-handed opener has taken to New Zealand’s bowlers this series, and his average in this format has risen to 49.70.

Babar Azam

Regardless of the format or opposition, the skipper continues to produce runs for his country. So far in this series, he has hit scores of 65 and 49.

Haris Rauf

Over the last 18 months, the right-arm pace bowler has been very impressive in international cricket. In the last few weeks, he has taken 17 wickets in seven matches against New Zealand.

Possible Playing XI:

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Ihsanullah

New Zealand (Match Odds – 2.75):


Despite the loss to Pakistan in the previous game, New Zealand did several things better in the second one-day international than they did in the first. However, despite the batters’ valiant efforts, the wicket offered nothing to the bowlers, and they were forced to end up on the losing side once more. New Zealand’s top run-scorer was Daryl Mitchell, who scored a century. He scored 129 runs on 119 balls. He was well supported by Kiwi captain Tom Latham, who scored 98 runs off 85 balls.

Chad Bowes, the New Zealand opener, also looked impressive for a while and hit a run-a-ball fifty in this game. The Kiwi players will be pleased that their batters were in-from and performed well in this game. This is a positive sign for the New Zealand team and bodes well for the rest of the series. Although New Zealand’s batting looks strong, the bowling attack will be a source of concern for the team’s management. In this series, they do not have regular bowlers like Tim Southee, Mitch Santner, and Lockie Fergusson available to them.

The absence of these frontline bowlers is causing New Zealand’s bowling to struggle. Matt Henry has looked good for a while, but he will need help from the other bowlers in this match. Ish Sodhi, the other experienced bowler in the side, was also taken to the cleaners by the Pakistani batters, giving away 79 runs in 10 overs. The bad news for the Kiwis is that unless they play out of their skins for a win, things are unlikely to change much in the one-day series.

Full Squad:

Will Young, Chad Bowes, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham(w/c), James Neesham, Mark Chapman, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Cole McConchie, Tom Blundell, Blair Tickner, Ben Lister

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Players to watch out for:

Daryl Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell has had an outstanding start to this series, taking over Kane Williamson’s role as the team’s dependable number three batter.

Tom Latham

In Saturday’s second ODI, the stand-in skipper hit eight fours and one six in his 98-run innings from 85 balls.

Matt Henry

Throughout the tour, the tall pace bowler has been New Zealand’s most consistent player with the ball in hand. In the previous game, he dismissed opener Imam-ul-Haq.

Possible Playing XI:

Will Young, Chad Bowes, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c) (wk), James Neesham. Mark Chapman, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry

Pakistan vs New Zealand Batsmen Worth Watching

We support Pakistan’s batsmen Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, and Mohammad Rizwan. In this format, Azam has a 59.36 average. Rizwan has gone unbeaten in his last three innings against New Zealand, scoring 98 (IT20), 42, and 54.

Our batting picks for New Zealand are Daryl Mitchell, Chad Bowes, and Tom Latham. Bowes made his ODI debut only two months ago, but he scored 51 runs on Saturday. In this format, Latham has seven hundreds and 19 half-centuries.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Bowlers Worth Watching

Our bowling options for Pakistan are Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, and Mohammad Nawaz. Shah has continued to bowl with pace, taking three wickets in the first two games of the series. In this format, Nawaz has the best figures of 4-19.

Our bowling picks for New Zealand are Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, and Ish Sodhi. Sodhi, who has best ODI figures of 4-58 in his career, should get some turn from this surface. Shipley has a five-wicket haul and 12 wickets from six One-Day International appearances.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head

With their two wins in the series, Pakistan has increased their overall head-to-head lead to eight matches. Both teams have won two of the last four matches.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played PAK Won NZ Won Tie NR
Overall 112 58 50 1 3
Last 5 5 3 2 0 0

Pakistan vs New Zealand Toss Prediction

Teams batting second have a better record in ODIs at this venue, and with the humidity increasing in the second half of the game, we predict that both captains will want to field first.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Pitch Report

The average batting first score in ODIs at this venue is 241, but Pakistani pitches have become far more batter friendly in recent years. In this game, we anticipate a par score of more than 300.

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During this game, temperatures are expected to range between 32 and 28 degrees. The humidity level is rising despite the clear sky.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Prediction

Although Pakistan has dominated this series thus far, they will be mindful of what happened in the T20I series, when they led 2-0 but were forced to draw 2-2. On Wednesday, we anticipate a closely contested match with high scores for both teams. Overall, Pakistan has far superior players across the board, and we expect them to win this game. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Pakistan is the favourite to beat New Zealand at the odds of 1.45.

Pakistan vs New Zealand Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Fakhar Zaman is in fantastic form, having scored 117 and 180 not out so far in this series. Our pick for Pakistan’s highest run-scorer in this ODI is the opener.

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