Pakistan has won both the previous matches of the ODI series played in Rawalpindi and will look to complete a hat-trick of victories to take a decisive lead in the series. Fakhar Zaman, who scored two centuries before, including an unbeaten innings of 180 runs, will be eager to score big. Babar Azam is also in good form and Abdullah Shafiq, who could not take advantage of the opportunities, may be dropped. Mohammad Rizwan is needed as he has the ability to bat aggressively. Salman Ali Agha and Shadab Khan will also try to play a role with both bat and ball, while Mohammad Nawaz’s replacement will likely be Iftikhar Ahmed as part of the playing XI. The pacers Zashahin Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Wasim Jr’s rhythm is also back, and the spinners have been able to perform better than in Rawalpindi in the Karachi conditions.
New Zealand’s Tom Blundell’s return to the playing XI proved to be a good experience, and the Kiwis will want Daryl Mitchell, who scored centuries in the first two matches, to score big once again. A lot of support will also be required from Mark Chapman, who has yet to perform in the T20 series and is under pressure. Cole McConchie proved in his debut match that he has the ability to bowl well and attack aggressively, and once again he will be expected to perform all-round. Matt Henry and Adam Milne have adapted to Karachi’s conditions, while Henry Shaw proved costly earlier, so he may be dropped. Cole McConchy and Ash Sodhi can be expected in the spin department.
The team winning the toss will probably prefer to bowl first as the double bounce on the pitch could cause trouble for the batsmen. The number of spectators was disappointing in the previous match, and this time too, the stadium is unlikely to be full due to the long walking distance to the venue. In the ODI format of 100 overs, due to the difficulty of finding time for the game, the interest in the match is also decreasing. However, the strictest security arrangements have been made in the stadium and its surroundings, and a large number of personnel are keeping watch.
In summary, the fourth match of the ODI series between Pakistan and New Zealand will be a crucial one, and both teams will need to perform well in order to take the lead in the series. The conditions in Karachi will play a significant role, and the team winning the toss will likely prefer to bowl first. Both teams have talented players, and it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in this match. The team that wins the coin toss is expected to choose to field first. Due to the implementation of strict security measures, it is unlikely that the National Stadium will be filled to capacity this time.