Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat on a sunny day in Nelson. Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss in the first game too, but this time decided to set a total instead of chasing one. “When you are playing away from home, you need to make adjustments, and hopefully we can start better this time,” Sarfraz said. Pakistan made one change, and it was forced; last game’s star performer Fakhar Zaman missed out with a hamstring injury, with 22-year old Imam-ul-Haq coming in.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson admitted they would have liked to bat first, too. “We would have batted. It looks a good surface, and quite dry too. But we just need to start well with the ball in hand, like we did last game.”
The home side made no changes to the team that beat Pakistan in the first ODI in Wellington.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rumman Raees