#PakvsNZ: A Look At The Likely Playing XI For The First ODI

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First ODI of the three-match #PakvsNZ series is scheduled for today and so, here is a look at the likely playing XI that the Babar Azam led side is likely to field during the inaugural game. It is worth mentioning here that Shan Masood has been appointed as the team’s vice-captain in absence of Shadab Khan who wasn’t picked owing to an injury.

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The green shirts are likely to stick with Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq as the team’s openers. Skipper Babar Azam is expected to bat at his regular number three position while Shan Masood is likely to come in at number four.

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Middle and Late Order

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Wicket-keeper, Mohd. Rizwan is likely to bat at the number five position while Salman Ali Agha is likely to follow at number six. Nevertheless, Haris Sohail might as well be preferred over Agha in case the country’s selectors decide to play with five bowlers only. Nawaz on the other hand, is almost certain to play. He is expected to occupy the number seven position.

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Usama Mir

Mohd. Wasim, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah should be Pakistan’s first choice fast bowlers however, Naseem might be rested. Hasnain in which case is likely to get the selector’s nod. In absence of Shadab, leggie Usama Mir is likely to make his debut.

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Pakistan’s Likely Playing 

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (captain), Shan Masood, Mohd. Rizwan (wk), Haris Sohail/Salman Ali Agha, Mohd. Nawaz, Mohd. Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah/Mohd. Hasnain, Haris Rauf and Usama Mir.