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After 211 Days, New Zealand Team To Resume Their International Cricket

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| October 31 , 2018 , 18:26 IST

Kane Williamson led-New Zealand cricket team on Wednesday will take on Pakistan in a T20I match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The matter of fact is that the Blackcaps will be resuming their international cricket after a gap of 211 days.

It is learnt that the New Zealand team last played an international match in the month of April against England which was a Test match.

However, some of the New Zealand cricketers played in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), they haven’t played any international cricket since then.

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Pakistan, on the other hand, have been brilliantly performing under Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy in the shortest format where he has led the team to 26 wins in 30 T20I matches.

In the recently concluded three-match T20I series against Australia, Pakistan outclassed their opponents in all departments of the game and went on to clinch the series 3-0. Even in the absence of two marquee players Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia boasted of some world class players who failed to prove their mettle against Pakistan.

The Pakistani bowlers made a huge impact in the series, restricting Australia to totals less than 140 runs and also dismissed them merely for 89-runs in the opening match.

New Zealand team will take the field without the services of their key batsman Martin Guptill, who has been sidelined with a calf strain. Another big player missing from New Zealand squad would be Mitchell Santner who is yet to recover from a knee injury. But despite missing the two players, the side still boasts of some quality players in the form of Colin Munro, Ross Taylor and Williamson.