Who will prevail in today's fourth T20I encounter between Pakistan and New Zealand?
In an effort to win the five-match series, Pakistan (PAK) will host New Zealand (NZ) in the fourth Twenty20 International on Thursday, April 20. After suffering crushing losses in the first two games, New Zealand won the third game by a slim margin of four runs. When New Zealand batted first against Pakistan, Tom Latham struck his maiden T20I fifty, while Daryl Mitchell added an essential 33 runs to enable his team reach 163/5.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, two of Pakistan's top openers, left the game early, but Iftikhar Ahmed, batting at no. 8, scored 60 runs off only 24 balls with the aid of three fours and six sixes to practically secure victory for the home team. James Neesham, though, bowled out Pakistan's innings by defending 15 runs in the penultimate over while also taking two wickets.
With the new ball, Matt Henry and Adam Milne both made strong impressions, while in the middle overs, youthful spinner Rachin Ravindra claimed two wickets. Star pacers Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi each took two wickets for Pakistan, who had a strong bowling assault. The middle order's restricted run flow has been the sole issue for the hosts as players like Saim Ayub, Fakhar Zaman, and Imad Wasim have struggled to maintain consistency throughout this series.
Details of the PAK vs. NZ game
The fourth Twenty20 International between Pakistan and New Zealand will take place at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi in 2023.
Time: 9:30 PM IST on April 20.
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Pitch Report: PAK vs. NZ
The pitch at Rawalpindi, which has a level surface, is anticipated to suit hitters in the forthcoming game. Teams that bowl first win all three of the T20I matches played here, with an average first innings score of 139. Nevertheless, teams often scored 200 or more points in games during the just finished Pakistan Super League 2023, so spectators may anticipate a high-scoring contest in the forthcoming game.
Potential starting lineups for Pakistan vs. New Zealand are as follows: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Fakhar Azam, Saim Ayub, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf.
Tom Latham (c & wk), Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, and Ben Lister are the players from New Zealand (NZ).
NZ vs. PAK Most likely top performers
likely the greatest batter
In the third game, the Pakistani captain struggled to get going and only managed to score one run in six deliveries. However, Babar is still in top form overall as evidenced by the fact that he scored his third T20I century in the second game of this series. Babar was outstanding for Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL 2023 as well, scoring 522 runs in only 11 innings at a strike rate of 145.40 with one century and five fifty-plus scores.
Probable best bowler
The Pakistani speedster failed to score winning runs off the last two balls in the last game but was excellent with the ball, picking up two valuable wickets while conceding just 31 runs. With Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi underperforming, Haris has taken 10 wickets from three innings in this series at an impressive economy rate of 6.60.
Pakistan is expected to prevail in today's game.