Cricket: Daryl Mitchell to miss Twenty20 series finale against Pakistan, rested as Blackcaps chase whitewash

The Blackcaps will be without Daryl Mitchell for their Twenty20 International series finale against Pakistan, as the batter's workload is managed.  

Mitchell, 32, has been a standout for New Zealand to start the five-match series. In four games, he's scored 158 runs at an average of 52.66 and passed fifty twice.  

Only Finn Allen (253 runs at 63.25) and Babar Azam (200 at 50) have scored more runs than Mitchell across the series.   

Daryl Mitchell brings up fifty against Pakistan.
Daryl Mitchell brings up fifty against Pakistan. Photo credit: Getty Images

Mitchell was named Man of the Match in the Blackcaps' seven-wicket win at Christchurch for his 72 not out and was involved in a record partnership of an unbeaten 139 runs with Glenn Phillips (70 not out).   

With one eye on tests against South Africa and Australia this summer, and a T20 World Cup in the West Indies and USA from June, Mitchell will miss Sunday's series finale.  

Instead, allrounder Rachin Ravindra will return to the squad, after he was rested from the initial part of the series against Pakistan.

"Daryl is an important player for us across all three formats and ensuring he's in the best place to perform in international cricket is vital," said coach Gary Stead.   

"Rachin is coming off a period of rest himself and will bring a valuable skillset to the group in this final match, as he continues his return to cricket."  

Meanwhile, the Blackcaps will continue to monitor the fitness of opener Devon Conway, who missed game four of the series, after testing positive for COVID-19.  

Earlier in the series, Mitchell Santner returned to the side at Hamilton, two days after testing positive for COVID in Auckland.  

With Mitchell now joining captain Kane Williamson as unavailable for the series finale, Conway could come back into contention.

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