Dunedin: New Zealand have won the toss and put Pakistan to bowl first in third One-day international (ODI) being played at University Oval, Dunedin here on Saturday.
Pakistan welcome back Fakhar Zaman at the top of the order in place of ImamulHaq. Meanwhile New Zealand are unchanged, with Todd Astle keeping his place ahead of Colin de Grandhomme.
The Black Caps skipper after winning the toss says he wants to get first use of the dry-looking pitch.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitted they would have liked to bat first too, but felt the slower surface in Dunedin suited their game more than the pitches for the first two games had, adding that the green shirts will strike back in the series decider to keep hopes alive.
After two rain affected matches, New Zealand hold a 2-0 lead in the five match series, looking to seal the series with a win today, as well as bring up their 10th straight victory across all formats.
The stats don’t read well for Pakistan, with the Black Caps having claimed victory in their last eight ODI matches against the visitors.
This is the last chance for the visiting side to save the series.
Pakistan: 1. Azhar Ali, 2. Fakhar Zaman, 3. Babar Azam, 4. Mohammad Hafeez, 5. Shoaib Malik, 6. Safraz Ahmed (c & wk), 7. Faheem Ashraf, 8. Shadab Khan, 9. Mohammad Amir, 10. Hasan Ali, 11. Rumman Raes.
NZ: 1. Martin Guptill, 2. Colin Munro, 3. Kane Williamson (c), 4. Ross Taylor, 5. Tom Latham (wk), 6. Henry Nicholls, 7. Mitchell Santner, 8. Todd Astle, 9. Tim Southee, 10. Lockie Ferguson, 11. Trent Boult.