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Pakistan wins toss, elects to field against NZ

December 5, 2014

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won his second successive toss and elected to field first in the second and final Twenty20 against New Zealand on Friday.

Pakistan made two changes from the team which won the first Twenty20 by seven wickets on Thursday.

Fast bowler Umar Gul returned to international cricket after eight months out due to a knee injury and replaced fast bowler Mohammad Irfan.

Ahmed Shehzad also recovered from a head injury after being struck by Corey Anderson’s bouncer during the first test last month and replaced opening batsman Awais Zia.

New Zealand made four changes and dropped two of its top-scorers in the first match, Corey Anderson and Martin Guptill, and brought in Dean Brownlie and Tom Latham.

Fast bowlers Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan were also rested and in came experienced Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills.

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Lineups:

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Sarfraz Ahmed, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Haris Sohail, Saad Nasim, Anwar Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Anton Devcich, Dean Brownlie, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Matt Henry.

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