With the world cup just round the corner, every international game is cardinal and all the teams are testing out their resources and trying to have the perfect balance for the team.
The series between New Zealand and Pakistan was a very closely fought affair. The one day series was preceded by three tests and two T-20 international matches between the two nations.
Test series was drawn at 1-1 with Pakistan winning the first by a huge margin of 248 runs. New Zealand managed to draw the second game and finally went on to win the third test by an innings and 80 runs on the back of some marvellous innings by captain Brendon McCullum’s double century and a century by the extremely capable Kane Williamson.
Test matches were followed by two T-20 matches, which again couldn’t separate the two sides ending at 1-1. Both matches were low scoring encounters, Pakistan cruising to a 7 wicket victory in the first while New Zealand came back strongly in the second game to level the series and share the cup.
The ODI series began on 8th of December in the Dubai International cricket stadium. New Zealand side was lead by Kane Williamson and the veteran, Daniel Vettori was making a comeback to the international arena in this series.