New Zealand v Pakistan 2nd Twenty20, Hamilton

New Zealand aim to clinch series

The Preview by George Binoy

December 27, 2010

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Match Facts

December 28, Hamilton
Start time 19.00 (06.00 GMT)

Adam Milne went for 46 runs off his four overs in his debut game, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Twenty20, Auckland, December 26, 2010
Will Adam Milne get an opportunity to improve on his debut performance? © Getty Images
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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.

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Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 11:30 GMT)

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

Posted by   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...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 5:32 GMT)

What is to role of Fawad Alam in the team ?

Posted by anver777 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..........

Posted by Nadeem1976 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.

Posted by braindead_rocker on (December 28, 2010, 4:41 GMT)

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

Posted by nafdan 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...

Posted by   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.

Posted by MHKAZI 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.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 3:44 GMT)

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

Posted by le_stephenois on (December 28, 2010, 2:25 GMT)

we have been rubbish in T20's for a while now.... we probably are going to lose this, hoping for a test and ODI wins

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 2:09 GMT)

The rain is falling in Hamilton, they are unlikely to play tonight.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2010, 1:58 GMT)

Pakistan should replace Younis Khan.He is completely useless and Ahmed Shahzad is way too young he needs more time playing for Pakistan A and U-19

Posted by longlyfdragons on (December 28, 2010, 1:17 GMT)

Weather Forcast looks bad for tonights match. Rain is forcasted

Posted by samthelion on (December 27, 2010, 23:01 GMT)

Pakistan are very strong in T20's i think probebly they will win.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 22:42 GMT)

bring Abdul Razak at number 4 and fawad at open shahid is fine at 5 and umar can come on 6. Change the bowling order and one Spinner should come on first change

Posted by DaDaL0G on (December 27, 2010, 20:25 GMT)

i guess Pakistan need to improve their Bowling cuz Pakistan has only one Main Attack Bowler who can bowl new Ball m talking about Shoaib Akhtar and i think he`s doing his Job well .. 143 was good target for NZ as we see their Progress in Last 2 Series but our bowling line is`nt good in absence of Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif and when i was watching Squad i was shocked when i dint find Mohammad Sami`s Name in Squad i think he`s better bowler as we compare him to Umar Gull or Wahab Riaz But wot can we say about our GREAT GREAT PCB and Selection Commety.. My Openion is that they could have given chance to Mohammad Sami Because he can Bowl New Ball .. and its good sign that Afridi Batting in Top Order i Had given this suggestion 6 month Ago ..

Lets Hope our team do somthing better in next match May ALLAH Bless Them and Us

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 19:44 GMT)

okay we're all seeing 5 match losing streak, but anyone has noticed that it has been 13th time pakistan batting got collapse. i just dont know what javed miandad taught them and what brought out in lahore camp! if they cant stay on the pitch :( After practicing hard! the result is 0. The fact is that none of any player has a bad technique, they all have batting capabilities. Its just the situation, equation and score on the board makes them nervous. Need to work on their mental fitness.

Posted by asadkum on (December 27, 2010, 19:12 GMT)

Mohammad Asad from USA.................................

How come Fawad in T20 format ???? In Test / ODI ok a bit ...... I guess Fawad should be replaced with Asad Shafiq ........ Imran Nazir may be a good choice for T20....... In T20 - every team has 50 / 50 chance !!!!!!!! All the best ...............

Posted by superislam2011 on (December 27, 2010, 18:25 GMT)

we miss aamer he was a better bowler than wahab riaz i think we should get hammad azam for t20 after this series becuase he is a allrounder and much better than razzaq in consistency as he can bowl and bat with consistency also please remove the mr uselss dawad alam and get asad shfiq as his the next MIANDAD for pakistan

Posted by Adil_minhaj on (December 27, 2010, 18:12 GMT)

I think the big reason behind the loss of Pakistan was the way that Guptill played, attacking all the bowlers targeting short boundaries and after that some sensible batting from the skipper. Pak will surely win the next 2 to clinch the series.

Posted by braindead_rocker on (December 27, 2010, 18:02 GMT)

I think Afridi is the biggest problem of the team. I know his natural game is to attack the bowling. But you cannot attack each and every ball. He needs to show some maturity and punish only the bad balls. Pakistan are let badly down by their openers and top order.

The key in 20-20 is wickets...Hang onto your wickets till the 10th over and maintain a run rate of 5.5-6. Then go all out and assault. One batsman would need to anchor and rotate the strike...Pakistan is failing badly at this.

Posted by awais_rak143 on (December 27, 2010, 17:54 GMT)

I pray to Allah and am confident that Pakistan will win this match---inshallah!!....

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 17:37 GMT)

I think pak should bring k akmal and s malik in t20 and odi

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 16:59 GMT)

Pakistan is worst team in the ICC league I think. They are going to loss again.

Posted by nafzak on (December 27, 2010, 16:26 GMT)

T20 at this time is a waste and overkill. The ODI WC is around the corner and that should be the emphasis at this time. If they (the guardians of the game) realy want all 3 formats to survive, then they would have to do something about the scheduling formats. We have seen too many 2 & 3 test series and certainly too many T20 matches. In my humble opinion playing T20 does not enhance any cricketing skil that would help in ODIs or test matches. In fact the reverse is true as T20 forces batsmen to play very risky strokes and to resort to old bad habits that would be detremental to Test Cricket or even ODIs.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 15:59 GMT)

I think there should be no place for Fawad Alam in the side i think from the squad present in New Zealand Asad Shaiq is a good Option....

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 15:24 GMT)

AFRID SHOULD COME ON NO.2 ,while Ahmed Shahzad should open the BAT

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 15:02 GMT)

win win pakistan pakistan can bounce back into the game at any time

Posted by khurramsch on (December 27, 2010, 14:42 GMT)

i am not sure about pak strategy. batting is weak & they have 7 bowlers. But riaz & gul proved their batting is more good than proper batsman. Fawad is no doubt good on ODI & Tests but in t20 Asad should replace him if they want 2 go with same 7 bowlers.& need 2 play responsibly. 1 thing every body talks is weak batting but i think a new concern is rising. top 3 wicket takes in t20s Gul, Ajmal, Afridi r not geting much wickets. they hardly take wicket in SA series. this is wht is hurting more. 143 othernight wasnt tht easy.

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