Pakistan, New Zealand to lock horns in second T20 today

Pakistan, New Zealand to lock horns in second T20 today

Rawalpindi (Web Desk): The second T20 of the five-match series between Pakistan and New Zealand will be played at Rawalpindi today.

The match will start at 7:30pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST).

First T20 was abandoned due to intermittent rain. The game which was reduced to five overs per side was called off, with just two balls bowled, due to repeated showers in Rawalpindi.

Meanwhile, Pakistan handed debut caps to three players – Usman Khan, Irfan Khan and Abrar Ahmed. New Zealand introduced Josh Clarkson to their squad, marking his debut appearance.

As per the schedule, today’s match is being played at Pindi Stadium while third match of the five-match series, will also be played at the same venue on April 21.

The fourth and fifth matches of the series will be played at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on April 25 and April 27 respectively.

This would be the third five-match series between both sides inside a 12-month period. Last year, Pakistan and New Zealand drew the series at two-all in Pakistan, while New Zealand clinched the series 4-1 earlier this year in their backyard.

So far, 39 T20 International matches have been played between Pakistan and New Zealand in which New Zealand won 17 matches and lost 21, while one match ended without a result.

Pakistan’s highest score against New Zealand in a T20 International was 201 runs for the loss of 4 wickets which was scored by Pakistan on January 25, 2018 at Auckland.

New Zealand’s highest score against Pakistan was 226 runs for 8 wickets on January 12, 2024 at Auckland ground.