Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and elected to bowl first in the second Twenty20 match against New Zealand at Seddon Park on Tuesday.
Pakistan need to win to keep the series alive after being soundly beaten by five wickets on Sunday in the first match of the three-match series.
After several hours of heavy rain which cleared a few hours before the scheduled evening start in Hamilton, Shahid had no hesitation in making New Zealand bat first under overcast skies and with a damp outfield.
Pakistan have made one change from the first match with Asad Shafiq coming in for middle-order batsman Fawad Alam.
New Zealand have stood down their two debutants from the opening game, Adam Milne and Dean Brownlie, and brought in all-rounder Luke Woodcock for his debut and new-ball bowler Ian Butler.
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor described the wicket as "juicy" and said he would also have opted to bowl had he won the toss.
New Zealand: Ross Taylor (captain), Dean Brownlie, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ian Butler (12th man).
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (captain), Younis Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Fawad Alam (12th man).
Umpires: Gary Baxter (NZL), Chris Gaffaney (ENG)
TV umpire: Barry Frost (NZL)
Match referee: Roshan Mahanama (SRI)