First #PAKVZIM T20: A Look At The Likely Playing XI

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First #PAKVZIM T20 is scheduled to start a day after tomorrow and so, here is a look at the likely playing XI that the men in green are expected to field during the game.

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Top 4 During First #PAKVZIM T20

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The top 4 for Pakistan are expected to remain unchanged for the game. Hence, skipper Babar Azam is likely to open with wicket-keeper batsman Mohd. Rizwan once again while Fakhar Zaman and Mohd. Hafeez are almost certain to bat at the number three and four positions respectively.

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Middle-Order

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Haider Ali and Asif Ali despite repeated failures are likely to be given more chances during the tour and so, both middle-order batsmen are expected to play the opening encounter.

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All-rounders

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Mohd. Nawaz and Faheem Ashraf are once more expected to feature in Pakistan’s playing XI as spin and fast bowling all-rounders.

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Bowlers

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Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf are almost certain to play the game. Pakistan’s think-tank nevertheless, might rest pacer Shaheen Afridi and play Mohd. Hasnain or Usman Qadir instead. Usman still, stands a better chance because wickets in Zimbabwe normally provide assistance to spin bowlers.

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The Expected Playing XI

Pakistan then are expected to enter the game with the following playing XI.

Babar Azam (c), Mohd. Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohd. Hafeez, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohd. Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Usman Qadir/Mohd. Hasnain.