Host New Zealand will be looking to continue their dominance at home when they take on Pakistan in the three-match T20I series, starting from 18th December at Auckland. Uncapped Jacob Duffy, Mark Chapman and Blair Tickner have been included for the first T20I game of the series. The likes of Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Kylie Jamieson and Trent Boult will be available for the final two games of the T20I series. The notable exclusion has been veteran batsman Ross Taylor, who has been dropped from the T20Is.
On the other hand, Pakistan will be confident of doing well in the forthcoming T20Is against New Zealand. With Babar Azam ruled out of the T20Is due to thumb fracture, Shadab Khan has been named as interim captain for the three-match series. Uncapped Abdullah Shafique have been included in the Pakistan’s Test squad. Usman Qadir did exceedingly well against Zimbabwe in the T20I played earlier this year. He has retained his place in the T20I squad for this series.
Here are some of the important stats related to New Zealand vs Pakistan 2020 T20I Series
2016 was last time New Zealand won a T20 series against Pakistan. New Zealand have suffered defeat in their last two T20I series played against Pakistan.
21 matches have been played between New Zealand and Pakistan in the T20 format. Pakistan clearly have dominated the proceedings with 13 victories to his name, while India have come out on top on eight occasions.
3 wickets needed by Pakistan’s left-arm spinner Imad Wasim to complete 50 wickets in T20 internationals. Wasim currently has taken 47 wickets in 47 T20I matches at an average of 21.93
11 wickets needed by New Zealand’s premier pacer Trent Boult to complete 50 wickets in the T20 format. Left-arm quick has claimed 39 wickets in 27 T20I matches at an average of 21.89.
8 runs required by New Zealand wicket-keeper Tim Seifert to complete 500 runs in the T20 cricket. Seifert has scored 492 runs in 27 T20i matches with three half-centuries to his name.
162 runs needed by Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman to complete 1000 runs in the T20 format. Left-hander has scored 838 runs in 40 T20I matches at an average of 22.05 with four half-centuries to his name.