Todd Astle has been ruled of the series between Pakistan and New Zealand currently going on in the UAE. New Zealand is leading the series 1-0. Another win for the visitors would secure a trophy for them as it is just a three-game series.

TV and live streaming details

PTV Sports channel will telecast the game live in Pakistan on its network. PTV Sports will also provide live streaming of the match in Pakistan via YouTube and Facebook. SonyLiv app and website will also avail the online streaming option for users who have the premium membership.

Batting first a certain priority in Abu Dhabi

Fakhar Zaman's form has been a bit of a concern for Pakistan. The left-handed opener hasn't got going since the Asia Cup. Along with him, Hasan Ali has been going through a rough patch too.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, Pakistan may just replace him with Faheem Ashraf, who provides the team with a good all-around option as well.

Todd Astle has returned home due to an injury, but that should not affect the combination which the visitors have opted on this tour. Cricbuzz reported that George Worker's form may come into scrutiny after his regular failures in the UAE. If he is kept out, wicketkeeper Tom Latham is excepted to open in his place.

The average score in the UAE recently has been about 250.

Teams batting second have struggled to chase down totals as the wicket slows down a bit in the evening. Having said that, both the teams would prefer to field during the evening as the heat from the sun in the afternoon is terrible, to say the least.

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