A second consecutive win is on the agenda for Pakistan on Tuesday as New Zealand get their T20 World Cup campaign underway.
The All Blacks get going against a side who smashed rivals India by 10 wickets in their opening game.
While Pakistan go into the match full of confidence, it has not been a great build-up for New Zealand following a series defeat to Bangladesh and warm-up losses against Australia and England.
The toss will be key in Sharjah with teams batting second generally favoured on a pitch that tends to be slow, but showed signs of life in Sri Lanka’s high-scoring win over Bangladesh on Sunday.
Date, UK start time and venue
The match starts at 3pm BST on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at the UAE’s Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Where to watch Pakistan vs New Zealand
TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.
Pakistan vs New Zealand team news
It is hard to see Pakistan making any changes to the side that demolished India.
Squad: Babar Azam, Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Harris Rauf, Shaeen Shah Afridi, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohamed Nawaz, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammed Wasim, Sohaib Maqsood.
Kane Williamson is a doubt for the Black Caps while nursing an elbow injury that prevented him from batting in the warm-up loss to England.
Squad: Kane Williamson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.
Pakistan vs New Zealand prediction
Pakistan may be one of the more unpredictable sides in the tournament but their win over India, coupled with New Zealand’s far-from-perfect preparations, could propel them to another victory.