Pak to fight for survival vs Kiwis today
KARACHI: After dismal performances against Australia and England, Pakistan are now struggling to successfully defend their ICC World Twenty20 title in West Indies as the team now finds it in a position where it will have to win both the remaining Super Eights matches.
Pakistanís team management has announced two changes for the all-important clash against the Black Caps scheduled to be played today at 1830 Pakistan Standard Time as Fawad Alam, who was doing nothing in the team, has been replaced by left-arm off-spinner Abdul Rehman while Mohammad Sami would replace Mohammad Asif who went for plenty against England the other day.
The two teams last faced each other in Dubai last year, when Pakistan got the better of the Kiwis in both of the Twenty20 Internationals, one by 49 runs and the other by seven runs.
Pakistan also enjoy better stats against the Black Caps in the ICC World Twenty20 tournaments as the teams met two times before, and on both occasions, Pakistan proved a harder opposition of the two to beat. So, after looking at the papers, one might fancy Pakistan to take the Bridgetown tier, but the recent form of the Men in Green has been awful in all departments of the game, especially fielding.
While on the other hand, New Zealand have shown some discipline in the field while their batsmen are also looking in good touch. However, they lost to South Africa the other day, but a win against Pakistan would resurrect their chances of making it into the ICC World Twenty20 semis.
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori is in no foolís world anymore and has simple warned his side to stop watching semi-final dreams if they canít beat Pakistan.