New Zealand vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 9th Match Preview:
New Zealand vs Pakistan Preview: New Zealand vs Pakistan is the 9th match of ICC Twenty20 world cup 2012. Pakistan get set to play their first match of the competition when they take on an in-form New Zealand side in their Group D encounter at Pallekele. The Kiwis, who won in a convincing fashion against Bangladesh, will be going all-out for a win to confirm their berth in the Super 8s while Pakistan will be hoping to start their campaign on a winning note. A win on Sunday would seal New Zealand’s passage to the Super eight round. The 2 warm-up matches prior to the beginning of the main-event vividly summed up Pakistan. After overpowering tournament favorites, India, the green army imploded, failing to overhaul England’s 111. Pakistan will have to avoid self-destruction and hit consistency to reprise their heroics of 2009. If anybody is searching for mini-duels within the war, Brendon McCullum vs Saeed Ajmal will be a mouth-watering one.
Black-Caps got their campaign off to a brilliant start with a thumping win against Bangladesh. Brendon McCullum stole the show in that game as he smashed a brilliant 123 off 58 balls which helped his team post an imposing total. During that match, the likes of James Franklinand Ross Taylor also did well with the bat, giving McCullum good support. While this augers well for the team, the New Zealand batters do not have an easy task ahead. Playing the Bangladesh bowlers and going up against a quality Pakistan attack is a whole different affair and skipper Taylor will be well aware of that and he will be hoping that the batsman take the confidence from the win in the last game and also use their knowledge of the Pallekele pitch. New Zealand’s bowlers were pretty much up to the task in the match against Bangladesh with the likes of Kyle Mills and Tim Southee getting amongst the wickets. Nathan McCullum’s economical outing against Bangladesh is also something that will give the off-spinner a lot of confidence going up against Pakistan. If there’s something for New Zealand to worry about with their bowling line-up, it is the fact that Daniel Vettori and Jacob Oram were expensive in the last game. But considering the class of these players, the Kiwi skipper will be hoping that it was an one-off affair and will be expecting the bowlers to fire as an unit.
Pakistan beat India quite convincingly but lost to England and they will have to make a decision to pick Sohail Tanvir or Mohammad Sami since Raza Hasan performed extremely well in the match against England. Mohammad Hafeez, nicknamed The Professor, will want to lead by example. The maverick marauder, Imran Nazir will be the other half of Pakistan’s opening combo. His stint with the Nagas in the SLPL would have helped him understand the pitches and conditions in the emerald isle. Pakistan’s ultimate strength is their bowlers. The top three wicket-takers in T20Is are from Pakistan.Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi form a potent bowling line-up. Ajmal is a class act and he will once again be the key in this team while the likes of Hafeez and Abdul Razzaq will also have vital roles to play. With most of the bowlers having featured in the recently concluded Sri Lanka Premier League, this gives the team an added bonus.
Squad for ICC World Twenty20 9th Match:
New Zealand Team:
LRPL Taylor*, DAJ Bracewell, JEC Franklin, MJ Guptill, RM Hira, BB McCullum†, NL McCullum, KD Mills, AF Milne, RJ Nicol, JDP Oram, TG Southee, DL Vettori, BJ Watling, KS Williamson
Mohammad Hafeez*, Abdul Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal†, Mohammad Sami, Nasir Jamshed, Raza Hasan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat
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