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Shahid Afridi has once again proved why he is considered one of the world's deadliest batsmen. Although he continues to play in every T20 league in the world, he has made a name for himself with his ability to score quick runs. Over the years, he played a role that is still etched not only in Pakistan but in all worlds.
Shahid Afridi led Pakistan to a 5-0 victory and clinched his first ODI hat-trick of the series against Sri Lanka. His lightning-fast knock of 52 runs in the first inning ensured a convincing Pakistan victory and helped them to a 3-2 lead in this series.
Kane Williamson, the Kiwi captain, is fairly confident given the recent form of the five-day format. India were able to dominate the first day with the help of top batsmen Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Manish Pandey.
The BCCI has reportedly asked the curators to develop a spin-friendly pitch that will benefit the hosts. It is seven years since the last Test match was played here and the team led by Virat Kohli will be looking to make it as memorable as possible. India's cricket team will be aiming for their first ever appearance at the World Cup. Republic of World will keep you up to date with the latest news throughout the day, so don't miss the IND VS FROM extravaganza.
The chance of reverse swing in Kanpur is pretty slim and that will provide added comfort to the New Zealand side as the track in India will favour the slower bowlers. In all likelihood, this will prove a death-knell for the pace bowlers. Indian batsmen, but it won't be an easy task for them as all the Kiwi quicks, including Tim Southee, have the ability to adapt to that surface and once they find a rhythm they will pose big problems for India's batsmen.
India, by contrast, are facing the challenge of finding an opening pair that includes Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and their partners. Given KL Rahul's current form, the place could be in the middle order, but the partner for that partner will already be in place. They are putting on their shoes and starting the hunt for the first Test between India and New Zealand, which is being played in Kanpur.
This is a must-win game for both teams, and the series is evenly balanced at 2-2, but Pakistan won this series 4-3, even though it had lost the first two games.