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New Zealand Vs Pakistan 2nd One Day International 26 Jan Live

Umar GulNew Zealand ended their 11 match losing streak with a bang at Wellington, humiliating Pakistan by nine wickets. New Zealand who started the series as underdogs, are suddenly out of that frame now. The series is a long one containing six matches so it is too soon to reach conclusions. The second ODI will be played at Queenstown on Wednesday, January 26.

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New Zealand players promised a frantic show in their build up to World Cup and they did exactly that in the first ODI.

Batting, bowling and fielding, in all departments New Zealand completely outplayed Pakistan. Tim Southee was the star of the show picking five wickets and will be the unquestionable leader of the attack in the Wednesday's ODI.

New Zealand's top order woes breathed a sigh of relief and a shakeup which saw Brendon McCullum bat down the order is likely to continue throughout the series. Jesse Ryder, after a disappointing Test series has regained form when he cracked a 34 ball 55.

Jacob Oram has made an impressive comeback and will be an integral part of New Zealand attack. The worry however for New Zealand will be the third seamer. James Franklin filled the spot in the opening game but his batting improvement has had his bowling efforts compromised. It is likely that New Zealand will field the same side at Queenstown.

New Zealand have won one of their last five ODIs.

Pakistan made a woeful start to the series. All of a sudden there is a captaincy debate going on in the Pakistan ranks. Misbah ul Haq, who led Pakistan to their first series win in four years is tipped to replace Shahid Afridi for World Cup.

Misbah was the only Pakistan player who played well scoring a 50 in difficult conditions. This situation is bound to put some extra pressure on Afridi who hasn't been doing well with the bat or captaincy in recent times.

Pakistan made interesting selection calls as they dropped Umar Gul and played Sohail Tanvir. It is likely that Umar Gul will come back for the second ODI and the veteran Shoaib Akhtar will make way for him.

The conditions in Queenstown will suit Umar Gul's bowling while a small ground will make it difficult for Akhtar to be on target. That is the only expected change, despite miserable batting performance it is expected that Pakistan will field play the same batting combinations. Pakistan have a chance to square the series or slip further down.

Pakistan have won two of their last five ODIs.

Tags:- Pakistan   New Zealand   Umar Gul   Brendon McCullum   Misbah ul Haq   Tim Southee  

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