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Friday, January 22, 2016

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I - Crucial Series Decider at Wellington

New Zealand and Pakistan wrap up their Twenty20 series today  and there is still all to play for in the third and final fixture.
Pakistan took the opening game by 16 runs in Auckland, only for their hosts to hit back with a resounding 10-wicket win in Hamilton.
Now they square off in a decider in Wellington, the same venue that will also host the first of three one-day internationals between the nations that follows on from the T20 fixtures.
 Date: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. local (6 a.m. GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

Who knows what to expect at the Westpac Stadium.
New Zealand were bowled out for 155 in pursuit of a target of 172 in the series opener, but they responded by successfully chasing down 169 in the second match with 14 balls to spare.
Openers Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson shared an unbroken stand of 171—a new record in the shortest format at international level—as the Kiwis stayed alive with an emphatic triumph at Eden Park.
However, there is a bigger picture to the game than just the outcome of the series.
The ICC World Twenty20 looms large on the horizon. The tournament takes place in India in March, and there is a battle to make the Black Caps' squad.
Mitchell McClenaghan has boosted his hopes of selection, with the left-arm paceman having picked up combined figures of two for 45 from eight overs.
With Corey Anderson now able to bowl again after overcoming a back injury, the home side have plenty of options despite the absence of Tim Southee.
Southee won't feature at all against Pakistan, though New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is hopeful the seamer will recover from a foot injury in time to play in the home Test series against Australia, perESPN Cricinfo.
Pakistan's concerns over their seamers have nothing to do with health.
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Umar Gul are all fit for the tourists, but they all have economy rates in excess of nine runs per over in the series.
Shahid Afridi's side have won only one of their last five T20 games. Another defeat would hardly be ideal preparation ahead of a global tournament, even if they will feel more at home in Indian conditions.
But, defeat in the last match should not lead to a state of panic. Per statistician Shiva Jayaraman of ESPN Cricinfo, it was only the second time Pakistan have failed to defend a total of 150 or more.
Team management must decide whether to pick an unchanged XI for the third match in a row. After only 18 runs in two knocks, SohaibMaqsood's place may be under threat for the game at a ground known as "The Cake Tin."

Key Players
New Zealand
Here is a list of Williamson's last four knocks in T20 cricket: 53, 32 not out, 70 and 72 not out.
New Zealand's skipper—who has formed an excellent opening partnership with Guptill—is now a consistent performer in all formats, but his team would like him to produce another significant knock to help them seal the series.

While Mohammad Amir's comeback has taken a lot of the headlines,Gul has also made his return to action for Pakistan on the tour of New Zealand.
Gul—who played just two matches for his country in all formats during 2015—has picked up two wickets, but he has also leaked plenty of runs. He was once regarded as one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world, yet he needs to recapture his old form before the Twenty20 World Cup.

New Zealand
Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, LukeRonchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Todd Astle.

Shahid Afridi (capt), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed ShehzadAnwar Ali, IftikharAhmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad RizwanSaad NasimSarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shoaib Malik,Sohaib MaqsoodUmar AkmalUmar GulWahab Riaz.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

'Unbeatable at Home - Black Caps' face a tough new challenge

After routing Sri Lanka, the strong New Zealand side will face a fresh challenge when Pakistan go head to head against them at Eden Park, Auckland.

Both New Zealand and Pakistan will enter the series with a chance of becoming the number one ranked T20I side in the world. Whichever team achieves a clean sweep will topple West Indies from the top and gain the number one ranking. Apart from that, this series will be a significant step preparing ahead of the World T20 for both the teams. The upcoming matches will be the only T20Is both teams are scheduled to play. Therefore, neither team will like to miss the opportunity to gain some morale boosting victories.

New Zealand:

After crushing Sri Lanka, the Kiwis will look for similar results against Pakistan too. The departure of Brendon McCullum hasn’t affected the batting unit a lot. In fact, he has left behind his impression on the team which has displayed a whole new form of approach to their games. New Zealand has made only one change in the batting line-up by bringing in Tom Latham in place of Ross Taylor.
Taylor will be rested for the first game but will come back for the remaining two fixtures. However, the batsmen would certainly bear in mind that Pakistan bowling attack is far competitive than the inexperienced Sri Lankan attack they overpowered. New Zealand has also made a couple of changes in the bowling department keeping in mind the World T20 in India.
Todd Astle, the leg-spin bowling all-rounder, comes in place of their regular leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, who had a less impressive outing against Sri Lanka. Left-arm spinning all-rounder Mitchell Santner is the other slow-bowling option in this 13-man squad. Though they have kept the fast bowling core of Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan intact. However, Kiwis will most likely go in with three pacers tomorrow.


Skipper Shahid Afridi will be leading the young Pakistan side against the Black Caps who currently look unbeatable at home. The task is tough but they have a side which is probably capable of facing the Kiwi challenge. Batting wise, Pakistan suffered a blow as Umar Akmal will be unavailable for the first T20I after he was slapped with a one-match ban for breaching the PCB’s code of conduct for not adhering to proper clothing guidelines during the Quaid e Azam trophy earlier this week.
However, the batting unit, which includes the likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad and Shahid Afridi in the side, still looks very promising on paper. It will be a new start for Mohammad Amir, who will be making his return to international cricket after being banned in 2010. The 23-year old’s return will surely boost the Pakistan bowling attack which already has the formidable Wahab Riaz in their line-up. All-rounder Sohaib Maqsood and Anwar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan will also have important roles to play as well.


New Zealand:
Kane Williamson (C), Corey Anderson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor
Shahid Afridi (C), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed Shehzad, Anwar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Saad Nasim, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz

Pitch and Conditions:

Eden Park, Auckland will play host to the first T20I. A high scoring game can be anticipated as the pitch will most likely be batting friendly. Shorter boundaries will also be an encouraging factor for the batsmen. The cloud cover and humid conditions will assist the bowlers.
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