Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against the New zealand
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Hafeez(c), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal(w), Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal
New Zealand (Playing XI): Rob Nicol, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum(w), Ross Taylor(c), Kane Williamson, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne
: 'This pitch looks a lot drier. The Bangladesh team had a lot of spinners but we countered them well. Guptill is out and Milne replaces him. Brendon can play all around the wicket and he is a special player. All the other players have to step up.'
We will want to bat first. We wanted to have a right start to this tournament and we are looking forward to it. Everybody is fit. We showed great character in the last series against Australia but we need to show character with the bat. I am not worried about Afridi as he plays his natural game. Abdul Razzaq
, Mohammad Sami
, Asad Shafiq
and Raza Hasan miss out.'
Pitch Report: Ian Chappell
Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat
says 'The pitch is hard and there is a little bit of both dry and green grass. There are some cracks and the bowlers might get good carry. There will be a bit of uneven bounce but it is a good wicket.'
The conditions currently are sunny. Hoping that the rain stays away.
Head to Head:
Pakistan have faced New Zealand in a total of 8 Twenty20 Internationals so far. The Asian team emerged victorious in 5 games while ending up on the losing side 3 times. In World T20s, this game will the fourth time that both these teams go up against each other. Pakistan have a slight upper-hand, having won two against the Kiwis and losing one.
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