Nelson (January 9, 2018): Pakistan have won the toss and decided to bat against New Zealand in second One Day International (ODI) at Saxton Oval, Nelson today.
Already 0-1 down in five match series, the green shirts suffered a set-back before the toss when in-form batsman Fakhar Zaman was ruled out of the second ODI due to an injury.
Pakistan has included 22 year old Imam ul Haq in the final XI to replace Fakhar Zaman, the only change in Pakistan’s side from the first ODI.
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Sarfraz Ahmed is hopeful that Pakistan will be able to match New Zealand in the second ODI and players will play up-to their abilities to comeback in the series.
“We have played here before and know the conditions, I hope that we’ll do good in second match,” said Sarfraz at the toss.Earlier, a statement from Pakistan team management announced that Fakhar Zaman has been ruled out of the second ODI due to contusion to his thigh.
“During the first ODI in Wellington Farkar Zarman sustained a contusion to his right thigh while fielding. He was assessed after the match and was diagnosed as having a contusion of the right thigh. He has been receiving treatment and was reassessed early in the morning. However he is not 100% match fit and will not be playing in the second ODI in Nelson”, said the statement attributing Pakistan Team Physiotherapist.
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
New Zealand Squad
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Todd Astle, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult