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Pakistan’s changes include Muhammad Nawaz replacing Aamer Jamal, Muhammad Wasim replacing Usama Mir and Zaman Khan replacing Abbas Afridi.
Pakistan beat New Zealand in the third Twenty20 International of the five-match series in Dunedin on Wednesday to become the first-ever champions.
The match, which kicks off at 1pm (GMT) today, promises to be an exciting encounter between the two cricketing nations.
Tim Southee, who took over the captaincy from Kane Williamson in the second match, handed over the captaincy to Mitchell Santner in the third match.
Santner, now at the helm, has confirmed three changes to the Kiwi squad. The eleven saw the addition of Tim Seifert, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson, who replaced Williamson, Ben Sears and Adam Milne respectively. Meanwhile, Will Young replaced Williamson in the team, but failed to make the final eleven.
Pakistan cricket team captain Shaheen Shah Afridi officially confirmed three changes to the squad during the pre-match announcement.
Changes in the team include Muhammad Nawaz in place of Aamer Jamal, Muhammad Wasim in place of Usama Mir and Zaman Khan in place of Abbas Afridi.
AFP adds: Pakistan captain Shaheen Shah Afridi, who won the first two matches and bowled first, said the cloudy conditions were in his favour.
“I think we’re ready,” he said of the need to win and keep the streak alive.
New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner said he would probably have bowled first but was still expecting a high result.
The Black Caps are without regular captain Kane Williamson, who was already scheduled to be rested for the third match and will now miss the rest of the series with an injury.
Tim Seifert replaced Williamson with Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson to bolster the bowling line-up.
New Zealand are unbeaten in 15 internationals at Dunedin University Oval.
Pakistan: Muhammad Rizwan, Saim Ayub, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Azam Khan, Muhammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi (cap), Muhammad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Zaman Khan
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Tim Seifert, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner (captain), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson