#PAKvsNZ ODI Series: A Look At The Likely Playing XI

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#PAKvsNZ ODI series is scheduled to begin today and so, here is a look at the playing XI that the green shirts are likely to field during the first of the five match rubber. It is also worth mentioning here that the Babar Azam led side will enter the contest without Haris Sohail who as per media reports has sustained an injury.

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Pakistan are likely to stick with their regular ODI openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. Skipper, Babar Azam then is likely to bat at his regular number three position while wicket-keeper batter Mohd. Rizwan is once again expected to bat at the number four position.

With Haris Sohail not available, Pakistan are likely to either play Shan Masood or Mohd. Haris at the number five position. Salman Ali Agha on the other hand is expected to retain his place in the playing XI and bat at the number six position.

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Shadab Khan and Mohd. Nawaz are expected to bat lower in the order as well as shoulder the responsibilities in the spin bowling department. Finally, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah are likely to lead Pakistan’s pace bowling attack.

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Expected XI

Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohd. Rizwan (wk), Shan Masood/Mohd. Haris, Salman Ali Agha, Shadab Khan (vc), Mohd. Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf