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Feb 05, 2011 at 10:33am IST

Teams to ring in changes for last ODI

Auckland: The last bilateral series before the World Cup between New Zealand and Pakistan will come to a close as both teams will lock horns in Auckland in the sixth and the final ODI on Saturday.

Pakistan already have an unassailable lead of 3-1, riding on a century by Ahmed Shehzaad to clinch the fifth ODI by 41 runs on Thursday.

It will be a good chance for both teams to test their bench strength on Saturday at Auckland before the biggest competition in cricket.

NZ-Pak: Teams to ring in changes for last ODI

Pakistan already have an unassailable lead of 3-1 in the six ODI series.

Over the past 5 ODIs (the second ODI being washed out) both teams have a lot of areas to improve on, particularly New Zealand. Their batting lacks the punch with the likes of Jesse Ryder blowing hot and cold, and erratic bowling displays.

Pakistan on the other hand have found lots of positives in the form of rookie Ahmed Shehzaad and Mohammed Hafeez. Wahab Riaz has bowled consistently and can gather a wealth of experience from senior pros like Umar Gul and Shoaib Akhtar.

With Saeed Ajmal's services rarely used, the offie might get a dry run before the World Cup, so could left-arm quickie Sohail Tanvir.

An injury to Daniel Vettori might keep him to the sidelines which could give rookie Hamish Bennett chances to show his exploits with the ball.

It is all a case of warming the squads up before heading to the subcontinent for the biggest and grandest prize.

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