New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Queenstown January 25, 2011

Buoyant New Zealand seek encore

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Match Facts

January 26, Queenstown
Start time 11:00 (22.00 GMT)

Big Picture

All's been quiet on the controversy front over the past few months for Pakistan, but the announcement of a World Cup squad without a captain has stoked trouble again. Claims that the team was divided into camps supporting Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and limited-overs leader Shahid Afridi grew louder following a resounding nine-wicket defeat to New Zealand three days after the squad announcement.

Pakistan's familiar batting frailties cropped up in Wellington, and the second one-dayer could be a continuation of the same. It is being played in Queenstown, a much-loved spot for adventure-sport enthusiasts, but far less welcoming to batsmen - the average first-innings score is 173.

New Zealand's batting hasn't had much to boast about in the recent past either, though they made short work of the target of 125 in the first one-dayer. Their new coach, John Wright, has stressed the importance of having a strong middle and lower order, which has resulted in Brendon McCullum being pushed down to No. 6. The batting weaknesses of both sides seem of have weighed heavily on the team managements and they have responded by adding meat lower down - in the first ODI Abdul Razzaq batted as low as No. 8, while in Queenstown Daniel Vettori is slated to come in at No. 9.

The big gain for New Zealand in Wellington, before the end of a dreadful run in one-dayers, is their quick bowling, with Tim Southee in top form and Hamish Bennett proving a handful on his return from injury.

Form guide


New Zealand: WLLLL
Pakistan: LLWLW

Players to watch out for …

Umar Akmal has lost his way after a spectacular start to his career, which raised hopes that Pakistan had unearthed someone to lend steel to a fragile middle-order. He wasn't picked in the Tests, and his hold on a one-day spot is also shaky. The golden duck on Saturday made things worse, but given his undoubted talented, a substantial innings can't be far.

Hamish Bennett, the strongly built Canterbury fast bowler, was impressive on home debut in Wellington, working up speeds in the mid-140s and hassling the batsmen with bounce. With New Zealand lacking an out-and-out fast bowler since the retirement of Shane Bond, Bennett could be the man who provides teeth to the pace attack.

Team news

John Wright has said he would like all members of New Zealand's World Cup 15 to get a game in the series. Jamie How, the Central Districts batsman, gets his chance on Wednesday, taking the place of offspinner Nathan McCullum.

New Zealand (probable): 1 Jesse Ryder, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Ross Taylor, 4 Jamie How, 5 Scott Styris, 6 Brendon McCullum (wk), 7 James Franklin, 8 Jacob Oram, 9 Daniel Vettori (capt), 10 Tim Southee, 11 Hamish Bennett

Pakistan's team selection is a lot less straightforward. Shoaib Akhtar will open the bowling, but who will partner him remains to be seen. Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz were rested for the first game after a taxing Test series, and Gul is favourite to take Sohail Tanvir's place in the XI for the second match. Offspinner Saeed Ajmal lost his place as a starter in the South Africa series, and he might again lose out to left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Asad Shafiq, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Umar Akmal, 7 Shahid Afridi (capt), 8 Abdul Razzaq, 9 Abdur Rehman, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Shoaib Akhtar

Stats and trivia

  • In each of the six previous completed matches in Queenstown, the team winning the toss has chosen to field, and gone on to win the match
  • In their only previous match in Queenstown, Pakistan successfully chased down 236, which is the highest total at the venue
  • The crowd for the first one-dayer in Wellington was 8299, the lowest since the Westpac Stadium opened in 2000

Quotes

"We are expecting better performances from Kamran Akmal, he came back after a long time, and Umar Akmal as well."
Pakistan's captain Shahid Afridi wants more from the Akmal brothers

"I don't think it (the toss) is as important as normal because the overhead (conditions) have been so good and it's a lot drier. I wouldn't be surprised if a team batted first on it."
Daniel Vettori expects a break from tradition in Queenstown

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sharprider on January 25, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    There is very little difference between these 2 teams as far as their compositions are concerned. The only advantage is from the point of view of the "home" condiions, which is in favor of the Black Caps. However, it will all boil down to how the Pakistanis play out this series. If they have a good mindset to win, they will win.....maybe, not in every match, but, win they will, i.e. if they have the will to play positive cricket. Furthermore, it looks like the Pakistan team is also trying out different permutations and combinations (much like the Kiwis) and seeking to bring the level and quality of their performances up so as to be "battle ready" by the start of the World Cup, which is less than 3 weeks away. So, once the issue of captaincy is resolved, it should be Pakistan all the way. Good Luck, Pakistan!

  • Rehan7070 on January 25, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    I Love the men in green,I Love TEAM PAKISTAN devoid of cricket at home ( for whatever ) reasons and hampered by the mismanagement of PCB, I feel for this team. Win or loss, I love my team unconditionally, always!!Also remember that this team still has a few match winners in its ranks in form of Razzaq( the soldier),Guli and TwoKMALS...not to mention Mr.BOOM BOOM also....all the best team Pakistan!!

  • on January 25, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    I shud say shahid afridi is best captain ,.. and if Misbah is chosen as captain I personally think that team selection is already not that good , Misbah replacing M.Yousuf which is already a big mistake,... and then captain selection will be poor. So management Plz declare afridi as captain even though Pakistan win or loss.

  • on January 25, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Very Happy with the New Zealand line up, looks like a very strong ODI Team. Picking them to take this series quite comfortably and to go well in the world cup!

  • on January 25, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    If Afridi is Removed I'll stop supporting PAKISTAN ... Love Afridi

  • on January 25, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    People need to calm down, we should not encourage groups in the team, what if Shahid Afridi is reading this? we need to show a united front and what matters is that Afridi lead the team and just win the series. All the best khan Sahib and the team. I will support the Pak team whoever is the captain.

  • on January 25, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Misbah should be vice captain to Afridi in WC, like the combo we had with Imran and Miandad. Afridid being more courageous can sometimes take mis-calculated step, while Misbah can guide him when he is about to do that. It can be a killer captaincy combo for us in WC. The problem is that Afridi is no Imran Khan and have to be at the mercy of the board to be the captain, with Imran the board was at mercy of Imran!

  • on January 25, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    im not pakistani but i8 suppote bez of afridi i love him so much as a cricketer his wanderful cricketer, if afrid is not a captain i won't suppote pakistan .

  • on January 25, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Afridi is as aggressive in his captaincy as his batting, it can be very good to keep morale high on the field, but at the same time we all know he makes mistakes with his bowling changes and field settings, on the other hand misbah is too calm and relaxed, that it could possibly lead to adding too much pressure on his batting partners. It seems like hes playing just to get a 50 every game and thats all. Really hope PCB doesnt change captains right before the WC(would be a very stupid move). This whole thing about batting first by afridi is ridiculous, the batting order can collapse at any time so no point in batting first. Pakistan should chase totals for now, bowling attack is strong and can make sure theres a small target on the board for the batsmen to chase down. Anyways, good luck PAKISTAN in this series and WC!

  • khurramsch on January 25, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Team anounced: Shoaib akhter, asad shafiq, sohail tanvir OUT Gul , Wahan Riaz, & Ahmed Shehzad In

  • sharprider on January 25, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    There is very little difference between these 2 teams as far as their compositions are concerned. The only advantage is from the point of view of the "home" condiions, which is in favor of the Black Caps. However, it will all boil down to how the Pakistanis play out this series. If they have a good mindset to win, they will win.....maybe, not in every match, but, win they will, i.e. if they have the will to play positive cricket. Furthermore, it looks like the Pakistan team is also trying out different permutations and combinations (much like the Kiwis) and seeking to bring the level and quality of their performances up so as to be "battle ready" by the start of the World Cup, which is less than 3 weeks away. So, once the issue of captaincy is resolved, it should be Pakistan all the way. Good Luck, Pakistan!

  • Rehan7070 on January 25, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    I Love the men in green,I Love TEAM PAKISTAN devoid of cricket at home ( for whatever ) reasons and hampered by the mismanagement of PCB, I feel for this team. Win or loss, I love my team unconditionally, always!!Also remember that this team still has a few match winners in its ranks in form of Razzaq( the soldier),Guli and TwoKMALS...not to mention Mr.BOOM BOOM also....all the best team Pakistan!!

  • on January 25, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    I shud say shahid afridi is best captain ,.. and if Misbah is chosen as captain I personally think that team selection is already not that good , Misbah replacing M.Yousuf which is already a big mistake,... and then captain selection will be poor. So management Plz declare afridi as captain even though Pakistan win or loss.

  • on January 25, 2011, 20:54 GMT

    Very Happy with the New Zealand line up, looks like a very strong ODI Team. Picking them to take this series quite comfortably and to go well in the world cup!

  • on January 25, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    If Afridi is Removed I'll stop supporting PAKISTAN ... Love Afridi

  • on January 25, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    People need to calm down, we should not encourage groups in the team, what if Shahid Afridi is reading this? we need to show a united front and what matters is that Afridi lead the team and just win the series. All the best khan Sahib and the team. I will support the Pak team whoever is the captain.

  • on January 25, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    Misbah should be vice captain to Afridi in WC, like the combo we had with Imran and Miandad. Afridid being more courageous can sometimes take mis-calculated step, while Misbah can guide him when he is about to do that. It can be a killer captaincy combo for us in WC. The problem is that Afridi is no Imran Khan and have to be at the mercy of the board to be the captain, with Imran the board was at mercy of Imran!

  • on January 25, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    im not pakistani but i8 suppote bez of afridi i love him so much as a cricketer his wanderful cricketer, if afrid is not a captain i won't suppote pakistan .

  • on January 25, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Afridi is as aggressive in his captaincy as his batting, it can be very good to keep morale high on the field, but at the same time we all know he makes mistakes with his bowling changes and field settings, on the other hand misbah is too calm and relaxed, that it could possibly lead to adding too much pressure on his batting partners. It seems like hes playing just to get a 50 every game and thats all. Really hope PCB doesnt change captains right before the WC(would be a very stupid move). This whole thing about batting first by afridi is ridiculous, the batting order can collapse at any time so no point in batting first. Pakistan should chase totals for now, bowling attack is strong and can make sure theres a small target on the board for the batsmen to chase down. Anyways, good luck PAKISTAN in this series and WC!

  • khurramsch on January 25, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Team anounced: Shoaib akhter, asad shafiq, sohail tanvir OUT Gul , Wahan Riaz, & Ahmed Shehzad In

  • on January 25, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    Ross Taylor,Jacob Oram,James Franklin , Ryder and Daniel Vettori from Newzealand and Shoaib Akhtar,Abdur Rajjaq,Asad Shafiq,Tanveer Ahmed,Saeed Ajmal , Tanveer Ahmed and Mohd Hafeez have a good day from Astrological point of view.Shahid Afridi may also have some satisfaction.

  • Dod101 on January 25, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    Wow so many people think pakistan will win. New Zealand will win this match this series and the world cup!

  • BoomBoom_Khan on January 25, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    Watch out for boom boom, he might end up chewing some balls after this series. I feel bad for the poor guy in the lime light and under the microscope for no reason. I don't know how we all can blame him when he took over the team after losing its almost 7 regular top performing players. I hope he survives as a player at least.

  • khurramsch on January 25, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    well i personaly think afridi is not good captain BUT thing is changing captain week before WC not good. clearly 2 camps seen in this series.better to anounce captain as soon as posible. For this match i stil think both teams are equaly matched. both are famous for collapses. have seen in 3rd t20 nz out cheaply. have seen 1st odi pak went cheaply. pitch & toss wil play important role.this is the team for WC so better stick withthese guys

  • on January 25, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    i had enuf of this afridi v/s misbah talk, misbah wins 1 test against NZ and BTW Pakistan have almost always beaten NZ, n misbah is candidate 4 WC captaincy not fair he has ZERO international experience on ODI captaincy , cmon guys afridi is damn good choice, he is motivated and enthusiastic on field, n BTW misbah captains Faisalabad in domestic T20 and he has no substance to back captaincy claims

  • thekid96 on January 25, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    they should play ajmal...

  • thekid96 on January 25, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    afridi will play terrible,misbah will shine, pakistan will win, hopefully afridi stays a reserve in the world cup

  • on January 25, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    pak will win this series.....

  • on January 25, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    asad shafiq younis khan are not suited for this format..they fail to rotate the strike regulary...mohammed yousuf will be sorely missed..u cant buy class and experience and thats what moyo has...how many more chances will hafeez get?surely there are better openers then hafeez..shaizaib played well in his last one day against sa..

  • NUZY on January 25, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    Come on shahid baai ..itz time 2 show who r u??? all mighty allah z with us...dont worry about ny thing....just be ur self..and show who z boom boom ??? lets rock tommorow?? i hv to say some thing am a pakistan suppoter..but if u remove afridi from captaincy...from that second i'll stop supporting pakistan...some can fell it silly...but those are the words from my heart yes...

  • happyvally on January 25, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    it is not fair if we keep blaiming afredi if team lost then it is every one to blame for why only the captan if bating fail what he can do he is no 7 batsman what u expect from him.and it is always bating that is why we loose.why is the rest of 10 player in the team they not gone there for free holiday.

  • on January 25, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    100% win for Pakistan.... u cant pressurize the tiger...

  • MTA82 on January 25, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Shahid Afridi has to prove himself by responsibly playing as required. When your 6 wickets down under 80 and you are hitting the ball, what does it show? You are a captain, must know the conditions and you are the only hope for the team, play responsible. You have to show your personal contribution to encourage your boys. you must know that good leaders show their effort to motivate their people.

  • on January 25, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    I'm not sure Afridi can handle the pressure of having his captaincy scrutinised. We have lost the last three odi series with Afridi as captain and Misbah brought our first test win in years. If Afridi wins the ODI series then he should be captain for the WC , if he loses then Misbah because he brought success as a captain. Misbah also scored a 50 in the first match so he is a good player in all formats. I love Afridi's spirit but his captaincy techniques are poor.

    I hate the PCB but they may have been shrewd in delaying the captaincy.

  • anaiz on January 25, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    tomorrow would be the day of AKMAL BROTHERS and RAZZAQ along with AFRIDI...........

  • Atif-Islam on January 25, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    To starts with, very disappointing batting performances in first ODI, Shoaib Akhtar looks completely out of color. My pick for 2nd ODI would be,

    1- Ahmed Shehzad 2- Mohammad Hafeez 3- Younus Khan 4- Umar Akmal 5- Misbah Ul Haq 6- Shahid Afridi 7- Kamran Akmal 8- Adbul Razzaq 9- Umar Gul 10- Wahab Riaz 11- Shoaib Akhtar

    Spinner in Queenstown wouldn't be of much use, we already have Afridi and Hafeez so i would gamble once more and put Shoaib Akhtar in the team.

  • on January 25, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    instead of asking Akmal Brothers Afridi should raise his game

  • Tigg on January 25, 2011, 13:14 GMT

    I disagree with Unbiased22. The Kiwis have been tame for too long, it's about time someone showed other than Vettori a bit of spirit and will-to-win.

    A good aggressive young bowler should be biting at the bit and raring to get at the opposition. Bond did it with the extra yard or two of pace that Southee lacks, so Southee is trying to lead by other means.

    Good luck to him.

  • Haleos on January 25, 2011, 13:10 GMT

    @Asif_Iqbal - he hardly ever does that. never seen such a talented player playing midlessly even after playing for so long.

  • on January 25, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    tommorow the key players are gonna be.. GUL,Umer AKMAL nd AFRIDI... nd they are gonna win...:-)

  • RedFlow on January 25, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Team announced Akhtar, Shafiq dropped, Umar Gull and Ahmed Shahzad In.

  • poderdubdubdub on January 25, 2011, 12:24 GMT

    The only thing I would reiterate is that NZ officials and the ICC must take notice of Tim Southee's constant obnoxios behaviour towards the Pakistani batsmen. Its no sportsmanship to snarl at the opposing batsmen after each delivery!

  • Asif_Iqbal on January 25, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Shahid should lead from the front and give a healthy performance to mute their cretics

  • longlivepakistan on January 25, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    if afridi win the toss than shoaib ang gul will tell newzeland and his supporters that pich and toss factor is how much important in these kind of piches...............just guys wait.....!!!

  • Stark62 on January 25, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Please for get rid off Y. Khan and play Ahmed Shezhad!

    He averages a miserly 32.44 and the number three position is critical.

    Look at the other top 8 teams no. 3 batsmen: Aus- Ponting 42.75, SA- Kallis 45.84, Ind- Kohli 46.44 or Gauti 40.43, Eng- Trott 50.41, WI- Sarwan 43.94 or Chanderpaul 41.77, SL- Sanga 36.76 (he is better then that) and NZ- Taylor 35.77 (destructive player).

    Yes, NZ has a weak player at that position but still his averaging much more then our no. 3 batsmen!

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Believe it or not But pakistan is gonna win this one..... 200% guarantee........ :)

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    inshallah pak will rock. i think pak need just batter plane. than pak can do this.

  • rzi-BDML on January 25, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    The Delay in the announcement of captain is hurting team' Moral, it does not seem the team which thrashed the NZ in tests. PCB, as always is keen to be in the news instead of taking the WC seriously

  • Agus2010 on January 25, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    This is the testing series for Afridi's captaincy who failed to lead the team in victorious way, that is the reason the PCB delaying to announce the World Cup squad captain want to see who is performing well (Either Mishba or Afridi), it is proven that Misbah has all the talent and patient to lead the team and bring win for Pakistan team in the test series, this makes more pressure on Afridi captaincy and he should prove that he is a good captain to get captaincy in World cup squad, lets wait and see, how he respond

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    I am expecting better performances from Kamran Akmal, he came back after a long time, and Umar Akmal as well.

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Watch out for Umar Akmal? LOL! Thanks for the laugh.

  • nzcricket174 on January 25, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz both need to play. Both can bat which will bolster the lower order. Pakistan missed a trick not picking Mohammad Yousuf. He plays the ball late which is a necessity for testing conditions (Misbah is a good example).

    Jamie How will probably perform OK, but I have a problem with him on the sub-continent. Don't be surprised if he bats well in this series. It won't reflect what he will do in the World Cup. New Zealand have a very good lower order. When you look at 7, 8 and 9, Franklin, Oram and Vettori, these guys are all recognised all rounders and barring Oram currently are not far off being recognised batsmen.

    Good luck to both teams. I pray that the toss does not decide who wins the match.

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  • nzcricket174 on January 25, 2011, 11:01 GMT

    Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz both need to play. Both can bat which will bolster the lower order. Pakistan missed a trick not picking Mohammad Yousuf. He plays the ball late which is a necessity for testing conditions (Misbah is a good example).

    Jamie How will probably perform OK, but I have a problem with him on the sub-continent. Don't be surprised if he bats well in this series. It won't reflect what he will do in the World Cup. New Zealand have a very good lower order. When you look at 7, 8 and 9, Franklin, Oram and Vettori, these guys are all recognised all rounders and barring Oram currently are not far off being recognised batsmen.

    Good luck to both teams. I pray that the toss does not decide who wins the match.

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    Watch out for Umar Akmal? LOL! Thanks for the laugh.

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:06 GMT

    I am expecting better performances from Kamran Akmal, he came back after a long time, and Umar Akmal as well.

  • Agus2010 on January 25, 2011, 11:12 GMT

    This is the testing series for Afridi's captaincy who failed to lead the team in victorious way, that is the reason the PCB delaying to announce the World Cup squad captain want to see who is performing well (Either Mishba or Afridi), it is proven that Misbah has all the talent and patient to lead the team and bring win for Pakistan team in the test series, this makes more pressure on Afridi captaincy and he should prove that he is a good captain to get captaincy in World cup squad, lets wait and see, how he respond

  • rzi-BDML on January 25, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    The Delay in the announcement of captain is hurting team' Moral, it does not seem the team which thrashed the NZ in tests. PCB, as always is keen to be in the news instead of taking the WC seriously

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    inshallah pak will rock. i think pak need just batter plane. than pak can do this.

  • on January 25, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Believe it or not But pakistan is gonna win this one..... 200% guarantee........ :)

  • Stark62 on January 25, 2011, 11:54 GMT

    Please for get rid off Y. Khan and play Ahmed Shezhad!

    He averages a miserly 32.44 and the number three position is critical.

    Look at the other top 8 teams no. 3 batsmen: Aus- Ponting 42.75, SA- Kallis 45.84, Ind- Kohli 46.44 or Gauti 40.43, Eng- Trott 50.41, WI- Sarwan 43.94 or Chanderpaul 41.77, SL- Sanga 36.76 (he is better then that) and NZ- Taylor 35.77 (destructive player).

    Yes, NZ has a weak player at that position but still his averaging much more then our no. 3 batsmen!

  • longlivepakistan on January 25, 2011, 12:10 GMT

    if afridi win the toss than shoaib ang gul will tell newzeland and his supporters that pich and toss factor is how much important in these kind of piches...............just guys wait.....!!!

  • Asif_Iqbal on January 25, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Shahid should lead from the front and give a healthy performance to mute their cretics