New Zealand v Pakistan 2nd Twenty20, Hamilton December 27, 2010

New Zealand aim to clinch series


Match Facts

December 28, Hamilton
Start time 19.00 (06.00 GMT)

The Big Picture

A solitary Twenty20 victory is a fickle indicator of a team's form. A win today could be followed by comprehensive defeat tomorrow; such are the vagaries of the format. So New Zealand will not have over-celebrated their success in the opening game against Pakistan, but they will have savoured it. Their five-wicket victory ended a drought that comprised 11 ODIs and three Tests and stretched back to August. The aim will be to clinch the series with another win at Seddon Park.

The result, in the first match of John Wright's tenure as New Zealand coach, was set up by two performances: a five-for from Tim Southee and a blitz from Martin Guptill, who capitalised on the Lilliputian boundaries in Auckland. It was an impressive showing, especially since New Zealand's best cricketers - Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum - were missing from the contest. The responsibility will be on Ross Taylor once again to lead New Zealand against an opponent that is unpredictable.

Pakistan's hit-or-miss side were one of the semi-finalists in the World Twenty20 in May but they are presently on a five-match losing streak, which began during their controversy-ridden tour of England during the summer. They are trialing their captain Shahid Afridi at the top of the order again. The first game against New Zealand was only the third time he's opened in Twenty20 internationals and the outcome was an aggressive 20. The batting remains Pakistan's weakness, while their varied bowling attack, comprising bowlers capable of extreme pace, reverse swing, off and legspin, is their strength. They were undone by the unusual dimensions of Eden Park, and should be more effective in Hamilton.

Form guide

(most recent first)

New Zealand: WLWLW
Pakistan: LLLLL

Watch out for...

Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal are often targeted as the danger men in Pakistan's batting line-up but Abdul Razzaq is arguably the most devastating of the lot. He's played several match-winning innings in ODIs and Twenty20s this year and he only needs a couple of overs at full throttle to flatten the opposition.

Adam Milne leaked 0 for 46 in four overs in Auckland, but he's not yet 19 and hit speeds of 148kph. New Zealand see him as one to nurture for the future and he is expected to get another go at Pakistan's batsmen at Seddon Park.

Team news

New Zealand are unlikely to change a successful combination, unless they want to give left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock a chance.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Jesse Ryder, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Dean Brownlie, 4 Scott Styris, 5 Ross Taylor (capt), 6 James Franklin, 7 Peter McGlashan (wk), 8 Nathan McCullum, 9 Kyle Mills, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Adam Milne.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Shahid Afridi (capt), 3 Ahmed Shahzad, 4 Younis Khan, 5 Fawad Alam, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Umar Gul, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Shoaib Akhtar.

Stats and trivia

  • Before the first game of the series, Afridi's only Twenty20 innings as opener were against Bangladesh in September 2007 and against Zimbabwe in October 2008. He made 39 and 5 in those games.
  • New Zealand have played only two Twenty20 internationals at Seddon Park. Jesse Ryder made 62 in his only match there, against West Indies in 2008.


"I feel the guys got out to some bad shots as well. There's a lot to work on but we will play differently in the next game."
Shahid Afridi looks ahead to the second game.

"Even though he was getting a bit of tap around the field, he still kept a level head and he's got a big future. It's a real asset to a team if you can throw the ball to a guy who can run in and bowl as quickly as he did."
Adam Milne has Daniel Vettori' backing.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    consecutive 5 loses of cup k liye aaalaaa combination bn gya hai :-@

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    maybe it wont be so bad if we cease to be the best t20 team. It may make us better for ODIs and tests. T20s are good pressure practice for bowlers and forces them to innovate and vary. But they are bad for batsmen; make them forget how to build an innings, and yeah wakes up old bad shots/techniques...

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    What is to role of Fawad Alam in the team ?

  • Anver on December 28, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Good to see Afridi is openning the 1st game he gave a solid start but Southee's ha-trick triggered the collapse, other wise excess of 160 would have been a fighting score for Pak..........

  • Nadeem on December 28, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Wining in NZ is as hard as wining in india. Therefore its going to be very hard for pakistan to even win a single match in NZ. But it will be good for worldcup preprations. Hard matches comes with better performance in WC.

    I hope NZ make our life hell at their home so that we can prepare better for WC.

  • John on December 28, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    I am sure Pakistan will lose this match. They are not learning their lessons.

  • hasan on December 28, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    afridi opening the innings is a good sign... he has to make it as a habit... as he made akthar play all the matches ........nw akthar is firing... when razzaq ,umar , gul and wahab is capable of firing.. afridi good to open... umar akmal is better than kamran behind the wickets i think he is the right choice... as dravid did for india in 2003, they were the runners in 2003...

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    I m Zihan from Sri Lanka, Pakistan is continuously losing 5 T20. So what the reason that. My suggestion Pakistan is the best T20 team in the world but, why they are performance like that. PCB and Pakistan' cricket fans also realize the problem. That why yunus khan returns to T20 squad and why PCB allow him to squad? and also Fawad aala, who is very deprived performance in current situation so why PCB give a chance youngest one like a Asad Shafiq or Hammad azam? They are somany confident batting line up some more batsman are troubling the squad. PCB will clear soon as possible to Ameer & K Akmal, they also add the T20 squad, WC 2011 also ahead. so PCB will prepare soon as possible. anyway my 11 are, Hafeez, Afridi, Shehzad, Umar, Safiq, kamran, Razzaq, wahab, ameer, ajmal, Sohaib. this movement we change misbha to kamran and gul to ameer.

  • Mohammed on December 28, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    First of all I would like to say good luck to Pakistani team for T20 game tonight. It would be nice if Shahid Afridi share his confidence with other team member as while he is batting he seems to be over confident. I do not have any doubt in his reflexes as he pick the ball very early while he is batting. My advice to him try to occupy the crease as much as possible and only hit hard the loose ball in the early part of the inning. He should continue to open the innings specially in T20 format and if successful continue it in ODIs, for the world cup preparation. As he would be very dangerous opener on Asian pitches where ball do not swing much. Also my advice for Pakistani team are be confident and always have positive attitude while playing. Be yourself and believe on yourself . I think dress room environment is not positive and is very pessimistic as looking at Umar Akmal who came with great talent and now seems to be slight confuse while he is batting. Let him play his own game.

  • Dummy4 on December 28, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Pakistan Need T20 Specialist Player like Imran nazir & Rana...!

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