#PakvsNZ: Plenty Of Takeaways From The Washed-out Game

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First #PakvsNZ T20 lasted only two balls nevertheless, there were plenty of takeaways from the washed-out game and so, here is a look at what they were and why they are important for the green shirts.

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Pakistan’s New Opening Combination Revealed During The #PakvsNZ Washed-out Game

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So, the playing XI for the inaugural game unveiled skipper Babar Azam and Saim Ayub as Pakistan’s openers, indicating a new combination for the men in green during the five-match rubber. However, the intrigue lies in who will occupy the number three position. Rumors suggest that Rizwan will step in at one-down if Babar is dismissed early in the innings, while Usman Khan will take the spot if Saim loses his wicket.

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A Confidence Booster For Shaheen Afridi 

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It only took two balls for Shaheen Afridi to pick up an early wicket with the new ball. The left-arm fast hasn’t been in top form for a while now and so, the development is bound to lift his confidence.

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Abrar Ahmed Likely To Receive An Extended Run

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Leg-spinner, Abrar Ahmed was played ahead of Imad Wasim who was probably not fit to play the game. Abrar’s inclusion indicates that Pakistan are likely to give him an extended run to see whether or not he is more effective than Usama Mir.