HAMILTON: After winning the first game with a good margin of eight wickets, New Zealand will be eyeing to sweep the series 2-0 when they encounter Pakistan in the second Test at Hamilton, starting from Friday.
The match is scheduled to begin at 11:00 local | 22:00 GMT | 03:00 PST.
The seventh-ranked Black Caps go into the match which begins Friday 1-0 up in the two-Test series following a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over second-ranked Pakistan in the opening Test in Christchurch.
A win or draw in Hamilton will be enough for New Zealand to notch their first series win over Pakistan since 1985 and only their third ever in 22 series between the two countries.
The last time they met six years ago in Hamilton, New Zealand collapsed spectacularly in their second innings, losing their last eight wickets for 50 runs to be beaten by 10 wickets.
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The hosts are without Trent Boult but Mett Henry will fill his shoes o another damp pitch. Mitchell Santner is likely to play isnpite of Todd Astle. The top order may remain same as Ross Taylor has been cleared to play.
New Zealand (probable) 1. Jeet Raval, 2 Tom Latham, 3 Kane Williamson (capt.), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Matt Henry
On a track like this, Pakistan might prefer Mohammad Rizwan over Sharjeel Khan as with him, Pakistan would not have to shuffle the batting order. He can easily fit into the middle order, replacing Misbah.
Rahat Ali took 4 for 62 in the first innings at Christchurch, but looks likeliest to miss out if Wahab Riaz enters the fray.