Kiwis elect to bat first vs Pakistan

ABU DHABI: New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first against Pakistan in the third and final ODI being played here, Geo News reported Monday.

New Zealand side playing with the unchanged squad.

Pakistan are playing with one change, as Omar Akmal has been included in place of Yousuf. Alam said both Pakistan and New Zealand will be under pressure in the final match.

“Since it’s a must win game for both the teams, whoever wins takes the series so both teams will be keen to perform and I hope my players raise their confidence and win this series, it’s very important for us.”

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said he would try to put more pressure on Pakistan.

“We look for more improvement and make sure that we head into this final game with more confidence and put more pressure on Pakistan,” said Vettori, whose team finished runners-up to Australia in the Champions Trophy last month.

“We did well throughout the Champions Trophy as most of the games we played were must win games and we stepped up, so I hope the team does it one more time.”

Vettori feared Pakistan can hit back after the loss.

“Pakistan can come back hard on us, so we must be ready for that, but I think there’s something left for us as lot of guys who, I suppose, need to perform on this tour and those who have performed need to do that once more.”

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