Pakistan vs New Zealand: Third T20 Preview

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Can Pakistan complete a T20 whitewash of New Zealand when the sides meet in Dubai on Sunday? 

A well-drilled New Zealand outfit ran Pakistan close again in the second T20I of their three-match series, but could not avoid defeat.

Pakistan lead the series two-nil, making the final game a dead rubber, but Sarfraz Ahmed and company will want to extend their winning run in T20Is to nine matches.

Pakistan v New Zealand | Sunday 4 November | Dubai International Stadium | 18:00

To Win Match
Pakistan 61/100
Tie 35/1
New Zealand 13/10

An 11th consecutive T20I series is in the bag for Pakistan, but there are still areas they can improve on in the finale. Their batting effort wasn't as clinical as it could have been in Friday's match. Babar Azam and Asif Ali gave their wickets away after getting set - a cardinal sin on a wicket that makes it difficult for new batsmen to settle.

Despite his dismissal, the experiment of moving Ali up to number three worked well and Pakistan may look to him to reprise the role in the third T20I.

Fakhar Zaman showed a glimpse of his quality at last and might consider himself a little unlucky after falling to a spectacular grab from New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.

The successes Pakistan have achieved in Twenty20 cricket have largely been down to the strength of their bowling unit. New Zealand challenged that supremacy, but were edged out with teenage paceman Shaheen Afridi stepping up brilliantly in the absence of Mohammad Amir.

New Zealand
New Zealand played like a team that knew what they needed to do to win their crucial encounter, but found themselves trumped by a team in rich form. The Black Caps weren't far from the mark with their efforts in the first two matches, but were missing a really special knock.

The man who has threatened to deliver that knock is opener Colin Munro, who has had starts in both matches and dominated the powerplay, but in both he was unable to go on to score the tons he is capable of.

New Zealand's experienced middle-order looks that much stronger when they have the bruising Corey Anderson coming in, but Williamson and Ross Taylor need to address their ridiculous running between the wickets.

Adam Milne wasn't able to pull off a last over defence of seven runs, but he was able to make it interesting and showed character to come back from an earlier tonking to give Pakistan a scare. Milne has made a case for being kept around the squad even when Trent Boult returns to the fray.

Verdict: Pakistan 61/100
Pakistan have made winning a habit and will want to stay sharp and finish the series strong.

Written by Jonhenry Wilson for Hollywoodbets

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