Pakistan captain Babar Azam opted to bat first after successful the toss in opposition to New Zealand within the first Check of two-match collection right here at Nationwide Financial institution Cricket Floor.
Pakistan’s former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has returned to the enjoying XI after nearly 4 years. The Champions Trophy 2017 successful captain final featured in a Check in opposition to South Africa in January 2019.
Left-arm pacer Mir Hamza additionally made his comeback within the enjoying XI after he final performed his solely Check in opposition to Australia in 2018.
Taking part in XIsPakistan: Babar Azam (C), Imam-ul-Haq, Abdullah Shafiq, Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Agha Salman, Abrar Ahmed, Wasim Jr, Mir Hamza, Nauman Ali
New Zealand: Tom Latham, David Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel