Pakistan wins toss, bats in 2nd T20 vs. New Zealand
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Pakistan won the toss and batted Thursday in the second Twenty20 cricket international against New Zealand at Eden Park.
New Zealand leads the three-match series 1-0 after winning the first match at Wellington by seven wickets. The hosts remain unbeaten in 13 matches across all formats at home this summer.
Pakistan made one change to its lineup with opener Ahmed Shehzad returning in place of Mohammad Nawaz.
Captain Kane Williamson returned to the New Zealand team after missing the first match of the series with a side strain. New Zealand, which has rotated its squad throughout the season, also named Trent Boult in place of Tim Southee and Ben Wheeler for Anaru Kitchen, leaving it with five seamers.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Bruce, Glenn Phillips, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.
Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Umar Amin, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees.
Umpires: Shaun Haig and Chris Brown, New Zealand.
TV umpire: Wayne Knights, New Zealand. Match referee: Richie Richardson, West Indies.