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The third One-Day International between Pakistan (PAK) and New Zealand (NZ) is set to take place at the National Stadium in Karachi on Wednesday, May 3. The hosts Pakistan are heavy favourites to win the match at 2/5 (1.40). New Zealand have greater odds of 9/5 (2.80) heading into the game.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
- Pakistan vs New Zealand (PAK vs NZ), 3rd ODI
- May 3, 2023 – 10:30 AM GMT
- National Stadium, Karachi
Pitch Report and Weather Conditions
National Stadium in Karachi usually produces flat pitches with plenty of runs on offer for batters. Bowlers could get some help once the ball gets older. Three ODIs have been played here this year, with the average first innings score of 265.
The weather in Karachi on Wednesday afternoon is expected to be mostly sunny and breezy. There’s no rain threat with the temperature ranging between 28-32°C.
PAK vs NZ – 3rd ODI Match Predictions
Pakistan have been victorious in four of the last six ODIs between these two teams. New Zealand are a heavily depleted side with their top players not available while Pakistan are at full strength. There is a big gap in quality between the two sides.
Our prediction: Pakistan to win this match at 2/5 (1.40).
Pakistan have an in-form batting unit of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan. New Zealand will rely on Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham and Mark Chapman. Pakistan have struck 11 sixes in the first two ODIs as opposed to seven by the Black Caps.
Our prediction: Pakistan to hit most sixes in the match at 1/1 (2.00).
Matt Henry has a good record in ODI cricket with 120 wickets from just 69 games. Back Henry to be New Zealand’s top bowler at 11/4 (3.75). Naseem Shah has been superb in the series and has 21 wickets from seven ODIs. He remains a good bet to be the top bowler for Pakistan at 3/1 (4.00).
Our prediction: Matt Henry to be New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker at 11/4 (3.75).
Man of the Match
Fakhar Zaman followed his 117 in the series opener with a sensational 180* off 144 in the second game. He averages 49.70 and strikes at 94 in ODIs. Zaman is a top candidate to be the player of the match at 7/1 (8.00). The likes of Babar Azam, Daryl Mitchell and Naseem Shah are also good betting options.
Our prediction: Fakhar Zaman to be the Man of the Match at 7/1 (8.00).
PAK vs NZ Preview
Pakistan, who are leading the series by 2-0, would be looking to avoid the T20I series’ mistake and seal the series here. Here’s a look at two teams ahead of the third ODI.
The home side claimed the second ODI by seven wickets to go 2-0 up in this five-match series. Chasing 337, Fakhar Zaman smashed a magnificent 180 not-out in 144 balls while Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan also scored fifties.
Pakistan rested Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan in the previous game, giving opportunities to Ihsanullah and Usama Mir. Expect Shaheen to return with one Haris Rauf or Naseem Shah taking a rest.
Predicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Shan Masood, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
New Zealand put up a strong batting performance in the second ODI on the back of Daryl Mitchell’s second consecutive century and Tom Latham’s 98. But it wasn’t enough.
James Neesham and Henry Shipley were brought into the playing XI last game, replacing Adam Milne and Blair Tickner. Expect Milne to return for this game.
Predicted XI: Chad Bowes, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c/wk), Mark Chapman, Tom Blundell, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
How to Watch PAK vs NZ in the UK: Live Streaming & Channel List
The UK viewers can watch the PAK vs NZ ODI series on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event. You can also avail online streaming on the SkyGo application.
- Sky Sports Cricket/Sky Sports Main Event (TV)
- SkyGo app (Streaming)
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