The McLean Park in Napier will host the third and final T20I of the three-match series between New Zealand and Pakistan on Tuesday.
The home side have already sealed the series after winning the first two fixtures. They will be looking to win another match in order to attain a clean sweep.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will be playing for pride and, hence, look to register their first victory on the ongoing New Zealand tour. A consolation win in the dead rubber will also help the visitors to commence the upcoming Test series on a higher note.
Pitch and weather report
The track at McLean Park assist good support to batsmen and fans may expect a high-scoring game. But the weather on match day is expected to stay cloudy, so the role of seamers will also come into play, especially in the initial phase of the contest.
Head to head record
Matches played: 23 | New Zealand: 10 | Pakistan: 13 | Draw: 0 | Tied: 0
New Zealand are likely to stick with the same XI that defeated Pakistan in the second game as the hosts shall not alter their winning combination.
NZ XI: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
The Pakistan top-order has not impressed in both the fixtures; therefore, former Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed might get a chance to play the dead rubber. Sarfaraz is likely to replace opener Abdullah Shafique, who has bagged two ducks so far in the series.
PAK XI: Shadab Khan (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Khushdil Shah, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Abdullah Shafique/Sarfraz Ahmed.
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