Toss Pakistan opts for bat v New Zealand
Pakistan elected to hit in a offer to extend its winning record in the UAE. Sarfraz Ahmed opted to continue with the formula that served him well in the series against Australia, wanting to publish "above 160".
Looking for their eleventh consecutive victory in the series, Pakistan has made a change to the side that played the final T20i against Australia, with Shaheen Afridi returning to replace Usman Khan.
Kane Williamson also said he would have hit in New Zealand's return to international cricket after a seven-month hiatus. They delivered two spinners in Ish Sodhi and debutant Ajaz Patel to complement the fast bowling duo of Tim Southee and Adam Milne.
The two parties met for the last time in a T20I series earlier this year in New Zealand, with Pakistan making sure
Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam, 2 Sahibzada Farhan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Asif Ali, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt and week), 7 Faheem Ashraf, 8 Imad Wasim, 9 Shadab Khan, 10 Hasan Ali, 11 Shaheen Afridi
New Zealand: 1 Colin Munro, 2 Glenn Phillips (week), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tim Seifert, 6 Corey Anderson, 7 Colin from Grandhomme, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Ajaz Patel, 11 Adam Milne