New Zealand v Pakistan, World Twenty20, Group C, Pallekele September 22, 2012

Pakistan set for late entrance

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Match facts

September 23, 2012
Start time 1530 local (1000 GMT)

Big Picture

Pakistan, we've been expecting you. The team with the best World Twenty20 record is the last to open its campaign in Sri Lanka. Pakistan have World Twenty20 pedigree. In the first tournament in 2007, they were finalists, and so nearly champions. They won in 2009, and in 2010 they had one foot in the final before Michael Hussey blind-sided them.

They've been put in the toughest group in 2012, with New Zealand and Bangladesh, and will play their first game against the stronger of those teams. Win against New Zealand, and Pakistan are almost certain to make it to the Super Eights; lose, and they will face a must-win against Bangladesh.

The strength of Mohammad Hafeez's side is unquestionably its bowling. In Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul and Shahid Afridi, three bowlers of varied skills, Pakistan possess the highest wicket-takers in Twenty20 internationals. Any of those bowlers can turn a Twenty20 game single-handedly and a collective performance can be devastating. Their batting is less formidable; it can be hot or cold. In the two warm-ups for the World Twenty20, Pakistan chased 186 successfully against India but failed to achieve 112 against England. The challenge, as ever, will be for Pakistan to combine their enviable talent with discipline.

New Zealand go into this game with the opportunity to win Group D. Doing so will make their progress to the Super Eight independent of the result of the Pakistan-Bangladesh fixture. Their evisceration of Bangladesh by 59 runs on Friday was almost faultless. The key battle in that game was tipped to be between New Zealand's batsmen and Bangladesh's spinners. They took 117 off 12 overs from the slow men. A strong performance against a more formidable Pakistan will make people sit up and take notice of a team that isn't considered to be a strong contender for the 2012 title.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)

Pakistan: LWWWL
New Zealand: WWLLL

Watch out for

The majority of New Zealand batsmen: Brendon McCullum, with his 123 off 58 balls, demolished Bangladesh single-handedly. So aggressive was his approach and so clinical his execution that there was almost no pressure on his team-mates. All they needed to do was give McCullum strike. It's unlikely that anyone will play as explosive an innings against Pakistan, so the contributions need to be more collective to reduce the reliance on McCullum and Ross Taylor.

Saeed and Shahid: In Ajmal and Afridi, not only do Pakistan possess the highest and third highest wicket-takers in this format, but also the third and fourth lowest economy-rates among bowlers who've played at least 20 Twenty20 internationals. Ajmal goes at 6.03 per over on average and Afridi 6.10. They strike and they stifle.

Team news

New Zealand opener Martin Guptill sustained a minor strain to his left hamstring while fielding against Bangladesh and has not recovered sufficiently to play Pakistan. He is expected to be fit for their first Super Eights match if New Zealand qualify. Their only reserve batsman is BJ Watling.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Rob Nicol, 2 James Franklin, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Kane Williamson, 6 BJ Watling, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills.

The four players Pakistan are likely to leave out of their starting line-up are Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Sami, Raza Hasan and Yasir Arafat.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Nasir Jamshed, 4 Kamran Akmal (wk), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Abdul Razzaq, 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Saeed Ajmal.

Pitch and conditions

The forecast is for some showers in Pallekele. It threatened to rain during the Bangladesh-New Zealand game as well but there were no interruptions. The spinners didn't get much turn either, with the ball coming on to the bat.

Stats and trivia

  • Pakistan played New Zealand in Pallekele during the 2011 World Cup and fed Ross Taylor a diet of full tosses and deliveries that were too straight. He scored 131 off 124 balls.

  • New Zealand and Pakistan have played eight Twenty20 internationals and the head-to-head record is 5-3 in Pakistan's favour. New Zealand's three wins, however, came in the last four matches.

  • In Twenty20 matches over the last 12 months, Afridi and Ajmal have economy-rates of less than six an over. Mohammad Hafeez and Sohail Tanvir conceded 5.82 and 5.94 on average during this period.

Quotes

"I've run out of words to praise him. His T20 performances have been match winning for Pakistan. Yes, recently, he has not performed very well but the way he is working hard and focusing on this tournament, I wish him the very best, and God willing he performs well for the team as always."
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez on Shahid Afridi

"It didn't spin as much as we thought it might. When you play a second time on it, it could probably spin a little bit more. We'll have to wait and see."
Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, on the Pallekele pitch.

Our US readers can watch the match live here, coverage starts 30 minutes before the game begins.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • POSTED BY SL_4EVER on | September 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN... FROM SRILANKA

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 23, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    this is insane.. you kidding me? arfat is in playing eleven. i have lost interest in match before it has even started. shafeeq and razzaq should have been in playing eleven. there is no place for arfat and nazir.

  • POSTED BY A.Shibly on | September 23, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Pakistan have won the toss

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    at last hoping for an interesting match today

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Both teams rely on just two players... NZ rely on Brendon McCullum while Pakistan relies on Saeed Ajmal... If Ajmal bowls well, Pakistan can restrict NZ under 140... And if McCullum shines again, expect fireworks... 200+ as per my view... Pakistan needs to bat first if they win the toss and put pressure on NZ while they chase... McCullum doesn't usually do well under pressure and Ajmal turns into a 'Jadugar' (magician) when the opposite team is chasing... Being an Indian, i wish both the teams Best of Luck :-)

  • POSTED BY Hommi on | September 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    anyone else remember the figure 5-6 ? Hint: Pak vs NZ in WT20 2009

  • POSTED BY nagios on | September 23, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    18.1 mm of rain on the way

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    the pakistan side is well selected, they have seemers and spiners and good bating sid, i hope they will win the whole series

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    i sure that imran nazir will fire today .....pak win comfortably

  • POSTED BY adilqarnain on | September 23, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistan! I wish we can see complete T20 game i don't want to see rain or duck worth system effect the match. ICC made the rubbish decision to choose the venue when there is heavy rainfall season.

  • POSTED BY SL_4EVER on | September 23, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN... FROM SRILANKA

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 23, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    this is insane.. you kidding me? arfat is in playing eleven. i have lost interest in match before it has even started. shafeeq and razzaq should have been in playing eleven. there is no place for arfat and nazir.

  • POSTED BY A.Shibly on | September 23, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Pakistan have won the toss

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    at last hoping for an interesting match today

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Both teams rely on just two players... NZ rely on Brendon McCullum while Pakistan relies on Saeed Ajmal... If Ajmal bowls well, Pakistan can restrict NZ under 140... And if McCullum shines again, expect fireworks... 200+ as per my view... Pakistan needs to bat first if they win the toss and put pressure on NZ while they chase... McCullum doesn't usually do well under pressure and Ajmal turns into a 'Jadugar' (magician) when the opposite team is chasing... Being an Indian, i wish both the teams Best of Luck :-)

  • POSTED BY Hommi on | September 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    anyone else remember the figure 5-6 ? Hint: Pak vs NZ in WT20 2009

  • POSTED BY nagios on | September 23, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    18.1 mm of rain on the way

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    the pakistan side is well selected, they have seemers and spiners and good bating sid, i hope they will win the whole series

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    i sure that imran nazir will fire today .....pak win comfortably

  • POSTED BY adilqarnain on | September 23, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Best of luck Pakistan! I wish we can see complete T20 game i don't want to see rain or duck worth system effect the match. ICC made the rubbish decision to choose the venue when there is heavy rainfall season.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @rakesh: dont forgt u will also face the one who whitewashed u in test by 4-0 :D if you know what i mean

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    I think Anwar Ali was a better option instead of Yasir Arafat. I have seen Anwar playing both as a bowler and batsman too, that guy has enough potential and he can really hit hard and out of the park, and in his own department we have all seen before and lot of people have heard about his bowling. But at the end all goes well and it's too late to suggest and no body gonna listen us so hope for the best from this current side. But i will go for an extra spinner instead of a all rounder like Arafat, you have a option Raza Hassan and we all know that New Zealand's Batsmen shuffles playing spin.

  • POSTED BY hiteshchittara on | September 23, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Please tell us about the weather there !

  • POSTED BY adeelbashir23 on | September 23, 2012, 8:35 GMT

    My XI: Hafeez, Imran Nazir, Nasir, Kamran Akmal, Asad Safiq, Shoaib Malik, Razzaq, Afridi,Yasir Arfat, Umar Gul, Ajmal

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1980 on | September 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Don't underestimate the kiwis, they have a tradition of producing quality players who are able to step up when the occasion is big. Pakistan historically has been a superior side in tests and ODI series overall, but NZ delivers very strongly in the big competitions. They have produced some cricketing legends, and I think have it in them to call upon inspiration and skill when the going gets tough in something as fickle as T20. It really is moments of inspiration, raw skill and positivity that choose a T20 winner, along with luck. Unlike tests or even ODI series, where some more methodical planning, temperament etc come in to play. Pak and NZ both like this environment where they can play freely and get swept up in the excitement and sheer ball a minute thrill that T20 offers. I'd bet on Pak to take the game mainly because of Ajmal and Hafeez choking, and Gul probably pressurizing the kiwi's, considering his best T20 performance against them. It'll be a fun game! Good luck to all

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    I think both NZ and PAK will qualitfy for super eight,the thing I'm concern is LALA form..both in bating bowling.I would love to see NZ win if Afrdi gets his form back.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Pakistan will lose for sure .

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 23, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Dont forget GUL- dozer. if he had his day.. o boy.. Newzland timbers will be flying. and in seaming conditions sohail tanvir is not bad either. So pakistan fielding wil play an important role on result of the game. Umer Akmal must fire.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Im just few hundreds meters from the ground and the weather is not looking so good. I predict another rain affected match!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 7:52 GMT

    Remember Even I'm Pakistan But I Wanna say who will win who plays his best!!Though is NZ or PK

  • POSTED BY Solid_Snake on | September 23, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    @Matchfixrpkn->Yeah NZ side is very balanced if they are having all 11 players as match winners..If you remove mcullum from NZ,their batting strength would be reduced to less than half..Who else has guts to face opponent bowlers other than mcullum?Now you would say the same thing about Ajmal ie with without him pak bowling is nothing..Well that's true but i have not said that pak side is balanced.. Both teams are equally good so dont say things about cakewalk rubbish

  • POSTED BY cooljack_143 on | September 23, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    GUPTIL INJURED??? CHANCE FOR ANOTHER PERFORMER THEN..

  • POSTED BY minhas01 on | September 23, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    Any update on Weather ???

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 23, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @Matchfixerpkn,U R SPOT ON! Unfortunatly both neighbors (pak,ind) r going to meet toughr n more profesinal teams i.e nz,eng respectivly,we have only 2,3 "GOOD" BOWLRS WHILE IND JST HAVE VIRAT KOHLI,SO I M EQUALY CONCERND 4 BOTH.LOLZ

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Best NZ team... which can beat any team in this world.. Jessy ryder , Martin Guptill , Brendon McCullum , Ross taylor , Kane Williamson , James Franklin , Jacob Oram , Daniel Vettori , Tim Southee , Kyle Mills , Nathan McCullum

    Although is Scott styris had not been retired he would have replaced willamson.. this team can win the world cup.. but today's team.. is not that good..

  • POSTED BY Tit4Tat on | September 23, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Best wishes to my men in green, lets start with the bang !

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    InshaAllah we will win bcuz of our bowling and hopefully our Batting will be better this time...Gud LuCk PaKiStAn!!

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 23, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    Pak team z best in t20s n ├Âne of best in tests,its our odi batng which z a matr of grave concern,so my demand to all So called "critics" To stp this rubbish of calng Pak as "UNPREDICTABLE".WE R STIL BETR THAN MOST.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    Today is INDIA,s match too.... I want Irfan to perform well... i want pak vs india in semis or finals

  • POSTED BY matchfixerpkn on | September 23, 2012, 6:24 GMT

    OK i know many pakistan fans will dislike my comment...but Enewzealand will have a cakewalk over pak tomorrow :) though i wish a tight contest!! but newzealand is in supreme form whereas pak only has 2-3 bowler with no batsman with guts who bear the load for whole team...NZ is more balanced and more aggressive, more methodical, more professional and ofcourse more skillful

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Both teams have unpredictable players.. It will be a good contestants........... 2nd Match is also important.. Today situation will be clear for super eights

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    @Smith Robertson: If we lose it will be because we are being our normal selves, not because of who the opponent is. As for the ball not spinning, don't be surprised if Ajmal does well inspite of that, regardless of the result. He has shown before that he does better on tracks that don't overly help spin. I fear it might become a slog-fest, and we rarely shine in those, with some very notable exceptions like the recent Kamran Akmal show. As long as the rain allows a 20over game to take place, good enough!

  • POSTED BY Zubair_baltistani on | September 23, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Pakistani bowlers is not like Bangladeshi bowlers if they field good NZ willbe no match for Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    All of you who talking about Kiwi'z win because the pitch or conditions are not in the Fav of Spin, they are actually not realizing the fact that Pakistani "Slow" Blowers are not traditional "Spinners". Only thing that can affect them is "dew". Dont compare bangladeshi' bowler to Pakistani Bowlers. As a Cricketer I wont say that who gonna win this match because you cant predict actually in T20's but Pakistan got the edge of beating Kiwiz in big games.

  • POSTED BY HawksEyeFocused on | September 23, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    The 4 teams that will make to the semis are 1. South Africa 2. Pakistan 3. England 4. Australia......Mark my words!!! My money is on either Aus or Pak!!! Bother are giants and giant-killers at the same time!!!

  • POSTED BY HawksEyeFocused on | September 23, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    If B.MacCullum gets out soon then it will be really very hard for the Kiwis to post 100!!! One of Pakistani bowlers is going to make the best bowling record today!!!Mark my words!!!

  • POSTED BY gothetaniwha on | September 23, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    So NZ are playing PAK at the same ground that Taylor smashed PAK at the WC last year and butterfingers Akmal who drop him twice on his birthday is back in the PAK team . Hope Taylor reminds him when he takes strike .

  • POSTED BY KESHISKING on | September 23, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    it is a shame that they scheduled the t20 worldcup on a rainy season...

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 23, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    The main concerns R definitly the undr.prfrmng razaq,afridi,umer,imran.If any two of above mentiond can suport kamran,nasir, pak would b quite dificult 4 othr teams to win against pak (inshallah) as pak bowlrs would defintly troubl kiwi batrs.LIKE I ALWAYS SAY,"THIS PAK TEAM Z PROBABLY STRONGST OF All TEAMS(ON PAPER)" bt on d ground perfrmance mattr more.SOUTHEE WOULD TROUBL PAKI BATSMEN D MOST.FOR PAK,RAZAQ CAN PROV VRY USEFUL ALONG GUL,TANVIR ON THESE SEAMNG TRACKS.I HAV NO HARSH FEELNG 4 KIWIS,I JST WANT PAK TO APROACH NXT ROUND.

  • POSTED BY shujajaan on | September 23, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Afridi is the man who can change d game foe pakistan.. if he plays dn ds tym pakistan will surely win d cup... odewise it wll b hard for dm evn to cum in super eight..

  • POSTED BY wasim_007 on | September 23, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Pakistan can't win matches or Tournament untill they use Afridi as Opener and take hit and miss of Power Play...he is not the clean hitter of ball and can't play lower order...he is complete fail but nobody understand...Gayle..Watson..BBM..every one who is ruling T20 Cricket is hard hitter Opener...FULL STOP...everybody knows this fact and who insisting him playing as lower order killing him on cricket field and wants him to obliterate from Cricket....

  • POSTED BY NFaiq on | September 23, 2012, 4:13 GMT

    Ross Taylor ! WELCOME TO PALLEKELLE ! :)

    Pity That Shohaib Akthar Is Not There ! SO WHAT ? You Have The Rest !

    ENJOOOY ! PAK VS NZ (!!WOW!!) Pallekele International Cricket Stadium "I STILL REMEMBER ONE OF THE FABRICATED FAST BOWLER GET HAMMERED IN 2011 CWC!! MARCH 8!!! ROSE CARNAGE Pallekele International Cricket Stadium!! & ALSO REMEMBER PAKISTAN PLAYED LAST TIME IN A WT20 IN 2010 WHERE MR AJMAL BHAI HAMMERED BY MR CRICKET FOR 23 RUNS IN LAST OVER!! DO YOU???" but i think Pakko are favourits!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    G00d luck team PAKSITAN....................

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | September 23, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    The main concerns R definitly the undr.prfrmng razaq,afridi,umer,imran.If any two of above mentiond can suport kamran,nasir, pak would b quite dificult 4 othr teams to win against pak (inshallah) as pak bowlrs would defintly troubl kiwi batrs.LIKE I ALWAYS SAY,"THIS PAK TEAM Z PROBABLY STRONGST OF All TEAMS(ON PAPER)" bt on d ground perfrmance mattr more.SOUTHEE WOULD TROUBL PAKI BATSMEN D MOST.FOR PAK,RAZAQ CAN PROV VRY USEFUL ALONG GUL,TANVIR ON THESE SEAMNG TRACKS.I HAV NO HARSH FEELNG 4 KIWIS,I JST WANT PAK TO APROACH NXT ROUND.

  • POSTED BY waterboy786 on | September 23, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    lets go blackcaps do our country proud. we believe in you. best of luck.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    they thinking that spinners will not get turn and they will smash them like bd. never think like that nz, pakistan have gul, tanvir and razzaq. they can smash you and ajmal, afridi and hafiz is not like bd spinners. nz get ready to smashed.

  • POSTED BY A.Shibly on | September 23, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Pakistan Team is Always unpredictable but have luck.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | September 23, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Rain and NZ will win. Pallekele wicket suits NZ bowlers lot more than Pakistan's. Good luck Pak.

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | September 23, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    Tough one to call. I for one would love to see Pak win, but both these teams can blow hot and cold. Looking forward to an interesting game.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    Yeah... I am waiting for some fireworks of Imran and Boom Boom.. If so we can make it easily.

  • POSTED BY on | September 23, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    No more experiments MR PROFESSOR. Lion will roar and others will join them, if U wana face SriLanka in next round than its must win games 4 U. Hafeez needs to open with bowling and batting, its gamble to play imran nazir up front, i have better idea send abdul razaq instead of imran nazir, dont underestimate abdul razaq he is capable of more hitting than imran nazir, plus he is attacking bowler.and include yasir arfat cuz its batting wickets very little spin on this track, in my opinion PAKISTAN team shoud be:

    Nasir Jamshaid, Abdul Razaq, Mohammad Hafiz, Kamran Akmal, Shoib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arfat Umar Gul, Sohail Tanveer, Saeed Ajmal. ( Good Luck Team PAKISTAN ) ps: Lalaa please dont play on front foot, stay in and play proper shots, No tulla :)

  • POSTED BY S.N.Singh on | September 23, 2012, 0:47 GMT

    I DO NOT AGREE THAT PAKISTAN IS WITH THE STRONGEST GROUP. PAKISTAN IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST 20/20 TEAM AND I SEE THEM # 1 IN GROUP D. THEY HAVE THE BOWLERS AND BATSMEN TO PULL THEM UP TO THE FINAL. THE GROUPS WERE DIVIDED EVENLY WITH GROUP D HAVING NEW ZEALAND WEAKER THAN THE REST OF THE ORIGINAL # 2 TEAM. AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA HAVE VERY BALANCE TEAM WHERE AS INDIA HAVE NO BOWLING. SO PAKISTAN . HAVE A BETTER CHANCE WITH A BALANCE TEAM. BEAR IN MIND, SOUTH AFRICA,AUSTRALIA AND INDIA HAVE BATMEN TO # 9. S.N.SINGH USA

  • POSTED BY Muttee on | September 23, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    @ Smith Robertson: No disrespect sir, but I don't think NZ stand a chance against this spin, even if it doesnt turn.

  • POSTED BY Sandstorm82 on | September 23, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    considering the huge difference between BD and Pak bowling attack I think kiwis are going to get nailed tomorrow - no disrespect... all this nonsense about spinning tracks aside, a good spinner will prevail on any track and pak has plenty of them. Our weakest link is Tanvir and if the swing that is on offer gets utilised by him tomorrow, kiwis could be getting a rather rude awakening from the dream they are living after smashing a minnow side like BD. The batting line up is a tad fragile but so is the opposition's bowling! Kiwis don't have an experienced quick with much of the seam department past their due date a few years ago... all that said I do have a soft spot for the black caps so wish them well. GO GREENS!!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    BB will not get his form back until he will not rely on singles and doubles and plays a big innings of at least 50-50 runs once he does that he will be the difference between green caps and other teams ....

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    Sorry Pakistani fans but New Zealand should win this with ease considering the track offers nothing for spinners and very electric for a team like New Zealand. But even when you do lose I still think you will be able to beat Bangladesh (no disrespect).

  • POSTED BY becozeitslife on | September 22, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    I don't know much but one thing is sure; Pakistan is gonna this game guys....now don't be irrational and ask me "How", just believe me ;)

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1980 on | September 22, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Kiwi's biggest shot at this is Brendan McCullum. I don't think anyone else in their current side has the ability to take on the velociraptor type Pakistani bowling attack. If Pakistan bats first, anything over 145 is probably defendable. Kiwi bowling isn't strong enough to defend anything less than 175 IMO. Still, lots of niggles in the Pakistan team if they hopefully begin to progress in this tournament. Will their bowlers consistently attack against sides with batsmen like King Sanga, Kohli, Amla, Watson, Gayle etc. There are some solid batting line-ups in the tournament and although Pakistan's bowlers should be able to pressure them, their batting can't really match these other units. Unless of course, some of the Pakistani line-up (who definitely have the capability) keep their temperament solid pre-game and pull their weight. Kamran Akmal has shown what he can do when in form. Umar Akmal is matched possibly only by Kohli in range of strokes. Hafeez, Nazir et al quickfire 40's.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Pakistan Will Win InshALLAH Pak 70% Nz 30%

  • POSTED BY OhPakistan on | September 22, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Mr. Binoy; previous stats/records/results "DO NOT" count in this fast changing game of cricket ( esp. T20). Present Pakistani bowling is "weaker" than all the previous T20 Cups ( Ajmal is the only exception ). All of Gul, Afridi, Tanvir, Sami are stuggling to find form ! Batting combination/order is still a mystery/undecided; depends on individual brilliance on a day - else unreliable ! IMHO, New Zealand are clear favourites and should prevail. Pakistan will have to be at the top of their game against B'Desh.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Gud luck Pakistan..................................................

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Though NZ has always been my favorite team as a neutral fan but hey its my team they are up against so all the way cheers are for Green Army to make it their day. Looking forward to see Ajmal Vs McCullum & Ross Taylor contest. May the best side win.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    Considering lack of turn and the crushing defeat of BD by NZ, I think NZ will have an edge over Pakistan. The pathetic batting by Pakistan against England is a proof, they will not be clear favourites even against BD unless Imran Nazir, Umar Akmal and Afridi start to fire. Our best wishes are with Pakistan but let the team performing better win.

  • POSTED BY Huzi_316 on | September 22, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    Boom Boom will make the difference tommorrow Inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    as a Pakistani i always pray for my Team and Inshallah Inshallah 2morrow we will prove that we r the best t20 team in the world May Allah support our team 2morrow and in the whole tournament as well Ameen.......

  • POSTED BY GreenTeam-Elite on | September 22, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Truth is mccullum!! mccullum!! mccullum!! and only mccullum... tomorrow's match is between Pakistan & mccullum. if mccullum out early then Pakistan has chance otherwise!!! Sad. Good Luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Hope there will be no rain tomorrow, this tourney is boring sofar.. ICC should host WC some other country than sl

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Go Team NZ! The batters need to step up, Guptil and Nicol in particular, in support of McCullum and Taylor. If NZ get off to good start they should win this

  • POSTED BY Hira1 on | September 22, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    I dont understand why Imran Nazir is doing in Pak team where Nasir Jamshed was doing so well at the top and since dropping down to number 3 even Jamshed is not performing well ....I see Imran Nazir performing only against bangladesh and then cement his place for rest of the tournament

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    good luck team pakistan, i want to see some fireworks from imran and shahid..

  • POSTED BY fahadyasinkhan on | September 22, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Go, Pakistan! <3

    Please, let Afridi open the batting. XD

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Well said Hafeez. If this type of urge comes from the captain for his key-player (Afridi) then nothing can stop you from success in this world cup and in future as well.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    best of luck both teams..

  • POSTED BY pakcricket12 on | September 22, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Pakistan should open with nasir jamshed and imran nazir. good luck Pakistan

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Hope there will be no rain tomorrow ... Best of luck team Pakistan

  • POSTED BY waheed on | September 22, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Hammad Azam is better choice in T20 then Muhammad Sami..

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Best of Luck for Pakistan and InshAllah tomorrow is Pakistan Day and Afridi will show him self tomorrow inshAllah just watch out and see this comments than

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Best of luck to Pakistan.. They should win

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 22, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    PAKISTAN batting is totally out of touch. Only Kamran Akmal has performed to his abilities in the last few matches. Nasir Jamshed, Umar Akmal, Afridi and Razzaq, all are totally out of touch and Imran Nazir has nothing to do with form, he is a lousy pinch hitter who can never succeed against good fast bowling. His chances of success are only against India and Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    The actual contest is going to be between Ajmal and Mcclum.........

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | September 22, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Pakistan must play Asad Shafiq who can surely give some stability to batting line. Let's open with Nasir Jamshid and Hafiz and replace Imran Nazir with Asad. I feel the par score will be about 150 tomorrow. One more thing which can prove to be important, is to bowl your best bowlers early so that you can contain the opposition from the start in case rain shorten the match.

  • POSTED BY ammarhassan on | September 22, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Put Shafiq in for Imran Nazir .. for God's sake ..

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    pak captain should bring at no 2 shoib malik and no3 kamran akmal....

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 22, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    My team for tomorrow would be: (1)-- Hafeez (2)-- Nasir Jamshed (3)-- Kamran Akmal (4)-- Asad Shafeeq (5)-- Shoaib Malik (6)-- Umar Akmal (7)-- Afridi (8)-- Razzaq (9)-- Tanvir (10)-- Gul (11)-- Ajmal "the majician". No imran nazir please. No monkey bussiness please.

  • POSTED BY anman on | September 22, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Boys are girls, here's the reality: If you look at the T20 worldcups history thus far, unless Afridi is in form, Pakistan has no chance of advancing at all. Saeed Ajmal, may God strengthen him, is only one person and the entire team is selfishly depending on him. \n Pakistan's batting line up goes up to #9, but still very immature and lacks the confidence that they normally get from Afridi's form. Lately Umar Akmal has been a waste. His brother on the other hand is in form, which is good news. I hope he can take that int his work behind the wickets too. I love Pakistan, but we are doomed this year!

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    This is going to be a great game!Pakistan have good bowling line!!

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    best of luck pakistan cricket team

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | September 22, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Group and conditions are tricky for pakistan. Pakistan must play Asad Shafeeq in middle order and for GOD sake no more chances for Imran nazir. This is world cup and a very serious bussiness. Someone please give a stick to Umer Akmal. He is on his way to getting droped from all formats very soon. Good luck Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY OT12 on | September 22, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Drop imran nazir useless player, and play an extra bowler or a better batsman like Asad Shafiq..

  • POSTED BY SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on | September 22, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Sorry Pakistan...I would have wish pakistan win tomorrow but looking at the situation even itz unlikely to think the way bd played with nz that bd might defeat pakistan bit still i wish nz beat pakistan tomorrow to keep bd's slight chances alive

  • POSTED BY Baber_Baloch on | September 22, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    tough fight for pak ...40%for pak....... 60% for nz...afridi should do well

  • POSTED BY hasnain1212 on | September 22, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Good Luck pakistan team... :) Especially Afridi.....!!

  • POSTED BY khan4251 on | September 22, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    Pak will win ishallah tomorrow and we will be the winners of the T20 World Cup inshallah.

  • POSTED BY Shah726 on | September 22, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    pakistan should win. yes umer akmal not up to standard

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    Umar Akmal is not performing from quite a while and always get out playing a childish shot give is wicket in plate to opponent team......

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    InshaAllah Pakistan will win tomorrow's match against New zealand and also win the World cup.

  • POSTED BY cricketfan20001 on | September 22, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Gooooooooooooooooo Team Pakistan. inshallah pakistan will win the t20 world cup

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Go Green Army and make your way through super eights. Our Prayers are with you. Play with full potential. You will be the winners. Inshallah

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Tommorow is definately New Zealand's day, with the weather forecast and the kind of seam bowlers that they have, it will be very tough for Pakistan to post or chase above 110. Plus, the kind of lazy openers we have, God save us all.

  • POSTED BY H-Z on | September 22, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    @Naheem PLZ NOO ASAD SHAFIQ in Twenty20's plzzzz... Umar akmal is far better and as for him not performing enough i dont think afridi razzak or sohail tanveer are proving there selection so far... Give umar akmal 1 down position he will mature as a batsman! sending him in the last few overs means only one thing SLOG shots! anyways best of luck to Pakistani Team we will always support them no matter its shafiq or umar akmal :D

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    its indeed gonna be interesting game like of today aus vs windies.

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | September 22, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    best of luck. past records doesnt matter much, but nazir,afridi, razak & umar have to show something. its many games now.ajmal need support. atack with ajmal dont keep him for last overs, and use all bowling options if required. no point keeping razak & malik in team if they not bowling when required.

  • POSTED BY arsixi on | September 22, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    pak will win tomorrow match

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    will see BOOM BOOMs in action and the Ajmal Boom as well

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Good Luck Team Pakistan ....

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    great .....................................................................................................

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    I wonder, why pakistan is playing their 1st match when 2 teams hav been knocked out of WC ... strange scheduling , though i like the fact that all big matches are on Weekends , or Sundays

  • POSTED BY NAHEEM on | September 22, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Tommarrow i think last chance for umar akmal if he fail then they should go with asad shafiq in next game...

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    may Allah gives u the Strength to win for Pakistan....our prayer's are with you Pakistani team...

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  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    may Allah gives u the Strength to win for Pakistan....our prayer's are with you Pakistani team...

  • POSTED BY NAHEEM on | September 22, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Tommarrow i think last chance for umar akmal if he fail then they should go with asad shafiq in next game...

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    I wonder, why pakistan is playing their 1st match when 2 teams hav been knocked out of WC ... strange scheduling , though i like the fact that all big matches are on Weekends , or Sundays

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    great .....................................................................................................

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Good Luck Team Pakistan ....

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    will see BOOM BOOMs in action and the Ajmal Boom as well

  • POSTED BY arsixi on | September 22, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    pak will win tomorrow match

  • POSTED BY khurramsch on | September 22, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    best of luck. past records doesnt matter much, but nazir,afridi, razak & umar have to show something. its many games now.ajmal need support. atack with ajmal dont keep him for last overs, and use all bowling options if required. no point keeping razak & malik in team if they not bowling when required.

  • POSTED BY on | September 22, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    its indeed gonna be interesting game like of today aus vs windies.

  • POSTED BY H-Z on | September 22, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    @Naheem PLZ NOO ASAD SHAFIQ in Twenty20's plzzzz... Umar akmal is far better and as for him not performing enough i dont think afridi razzak or sohail tanveer are proving there selection so far... Give umar akmal 1 down position he will mature as a batsman! sending him in the last few overs means only one thing SLOG shots! anyways best of luck to Pakistani Team we will always support them no matter its shafiq or umar akmal :D