New Zealand vs Pakistan Live Streaming: PAK opt to bat against NZ
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and chose to bat against New Zealand in their World Twenty20 match at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on Sunday.
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The Kiwis, led by a record 123-run knock by Brendon McCullum, registered a convincing victory over Bangladesh, but it would, by no means, be an easier preposition for Ross Taylor's boys against the former champions.
Pakistan are far better equipped than their Asian neighbours, and with a formidable bowling line-up that includes the likes of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and speedster Umar Gul, they certainly have the necessary fire power to put a tab on the Kiwis.
Pakistan's main worry, however, remain their inconsistent batting.
They were bundled out for a paltry 96 against England in their warm-up match and their victory against India in the first warm-up game came only after being revived from a precarious position by an extra-ordinary innings from Kamran Akmal.
Pakistan's two most experienced campaigners in Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik have woefully been out of form and their top-order exhibits inexperience in the shortest format of the game.
Kiwi batsmen have shown lack of application and with little time spend on the crease in the build-up to the championship, they certainly have their work cut-out against a quality Pakistani attack.
The other worry for Taylor remains the form of veteran Daniel Vettori. The tall left-arm spinner didn't look his best against Bangladesh and it would remain to be seen how he comes up against Pakistan.
New Zealand: RJ Nicol, JEC Franklin, BB McCullum (wicketkeeper), LRPL Taylor (captain), DL Vettori, JDP Oram, KS Williamson, NL McCullum, TG Southee, KD Mills, AF Milne
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal(wicketkeeper), Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal