Pakistan completed a whitewash over Australia in the T20I series played in UAE. The green shirts extended their lead at the top of ICC T20 Team Rankings by winning all three games. The opening game of the T20 series will be played on 31st October at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Pakistan also achieved another milestone after successfully winning their 10th T20 series on the trot since Sarfaraz Ahmed’s appointment as the captain of Pakistan in August 2016. They will certainly need to guard against complacency as New Zealand will pose a bigger challenge than Australia in UAE.
On the other hand, New Zealand will certainly be keen to bring their A-game to the table after last playing international cricket in March against England. Captain Kane Williamson had a tremendous run with the bat in this year’s Indian Premier League and will be keen to pull off a surprise against Pakistan in the upcoming three-match T20I series.
Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Corey Anderson and Ross Taylor are players that can certainly produce a match-winning performance with the bat.
Here are some of the statistics for Pakistan vs New Zealand 2018 T20I series.
26 victories for Pakistan out of 30 T20 games played since August 2016. The green shirts have yet to lose a T20 series under Sarfaraz Ahmed’s captaincy.
10 victories for Pakistan out of 18 games played against New Zealand in the T20 format. The hosts will be keen to continue unbeaten streak against Kiwis in the upcoming three-match series.
2014 was the last time when New Zealand played a T20 series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates. The two-match T20 series ended at 1-1.
2016 was the last time when New Zealand won a T20 series against Pakistan. The series was played in New Zealand in January 2016.
2 wins for Pakistan against New Zealand out of three T20I games played earlier this year. Pakistan also beat New Zealand to clinch three-match T20 series played in New Zealand in 2018
224 runs needed by all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez to complete 2,000 runs in the T20 format. He will become the second Pakistani batsmen to complete the 2,000 run-mark in the 20-over format behind Shoaib Malik.
12 wickets needed by Leg-spinner Shadab Khan to complete 50 wickets in T20 cricket. Shadab currently has 38 wickets from 26 games at an average of 16.86.
14 wickets needed by Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi to complete 50 wickets in T20 cricket. Sodhi currently has 36 wickets from 26 games at an average of 19.33
184 runs needed by New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson to complete 1,500 runs in the T20 cricket. Williamson currently has scored 1316 runs in 51 matches at an average of 31.33 with eight half-centuries to his name.