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While the opening round of the World T20 2012 in Sri Lanka is nearing its end, Pakistan get set to play their first match of the competition when they take on an in-form New Zealand side in their Group D encounter at Pallekele. The Kiwis, who won in a convincing fashion against Bangladesh, will be going all-out for a win to confirm their berth in the Super 8s while Pakistan will be hoping to start their campaign on a winning note.
Shahid Afridi needs 199 more runs to become the first Pakistan batsman to reach 1000 runs in T20Is.
Kamran Akmal needs three more dismissals to become the first player to reach 50 dismissals in T20Is. He is top of the table with 47 dismissals in 41 matches.
Brendon McCullum is one match away from playing his 50th Twenty20 International. We will become only the second player after Shahid Afridi to have played 50 T20Is.
There is something about Pakistan and T20 cricket. They have made it to the knockouts of all three editions of the tournament, winning it in 2009. Hafeez said the format allowed the players more freedom. "Pakistan play freely and express themselves in this format. That does not mean we don't express ourselves in Tests and ODIs but T20 frees up you up a bit more to go in and execute your skills. As a team we feel more confident when we get to the T20s."
In T20, Pakistan have the best World T20 record. After all, they aren’t renowned for their consistency. They were finalists in 2007, champions in 2009, and almost finalists again in 2010. Pakistan’s success proves that they have taken to this format of the game very well. The flamboyance in their side suits T20 to a tee. Their opponents in their first game now have back registered back to back wins in sub-continent conditions. They beat India in a close game in Chennai before flying into Sri Lanka, and in their tournament opener against Bangladesh, they ensured there was no slip-up, as some had predicted.
If anything can hurt Pakistan in this tournament, it is their legendary inconsistency, evidence of which was on display during the warm-ups. While they managed to chase down 186 against India, they failed to reach 112 against England. This is one area where Pakistan continueto be susceptible. To overcome the same, they will bank on their experienced men in the batting order. Skipper Mohammad Hafeez will have a key role to play, as will the other opener Imran Nazir, and the other big names like Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq. These players have been around long enough to know what’s expected of them.
Brendon McCullum has now played two match-winning knocks in a row. He registered a 90 plus score in India, and killed Bangladesh’s hopes with a typically attacking knock in his team’s tournament opener. It is no secret that, in T20s, New Zealand’s fortunes heavily depend on McCullum. This, in a way, makes him the team’s strength as well as its weakness. When McCullum succeeds like he has in the last two games, the Kiwis rarely struggle. On the contrary, when he fails with the bat, New Zealand hardly manage to recover. It is thus significant that the other players in the side also play a more defined role than just passing on the strike to McCullum.
A lot will be expected of skipper Ross Taylor from this series. He is one man who, like McCullum can turn around a game in a matter of minutes. New Zealand also need to find a way to deal with Pakistan’s spinners. The likes of Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol and Kane Williamson will be tested for sure.
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