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23rd Match, Super 10 Group 2: New Zealand v Pakistan at Mohali

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Injury worries for Pakistan ahead of crucial NZ clash

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Match facts

 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Start time 1930 (1430 GMT)

 

 

 
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Zealand: WWWWL (last five completed matches)
Pakistan: LWWLW

 

In the spotlight

 

Ross Taylor was beloved in these parts. Before Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, he was the darling of Bangalore and a lot of that was down to how destructive he can be in the latter overs. That leg-side swipe over square leg and midwicket had been his go to shot in Twenty20 cricket, but now he has an all-round game to rely on. Taylor is coming back from injury and hasn't hit his best form yet, but he remains a key member of this New Zealand batting line-up.

Sharjeel Khan is a powerful man. Pakistan have kept him at the top of their order in the hope that he fires like he did in the PSL. But beating the ball into submission has not been the most productive tactic at this year's World T20. In seven innings since the Asia Cup, Sharjeel has gone past thirty only once. He hasn't faced 30 balls even once. Perhaps giving himself a little more time at the crease might help sort that out.

 

Team news

 

New Zealand kept their cards to their chest about their team combinations. "We will look up that pitch tomorrow, the pitch will covered overnight and will dry up a bit," Hesson said. "We will pick a side that suits the conditions and the opposition, but won't be thinking too far ahead."

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson (capt), 3 Colin Munro, 4 Corey Anderson, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Grant Elliot, 7 Luke Ronchi (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Mitchell McClenaghan/Trent Boult, 10 Ish Sodhi, 11 Adam Milne/Tim Southee

Pakistan could be forced to make changes due to their injury concerns. Perhaps that may make room for left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz or Imad Wasim. Khalid Latif could come in for Hafeez.

Pakistan (probable) 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez/ Khalid Latif, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Imad Wasim/ Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Mohammad Irfan, 10 Mohammad Sami, 11 Mohammad Amir

 

Pitch and conditions

 

The World T20 pitches have kept everyone on sharp notice. The one in Mohali was barely distinguishable from the outfield on match eve, although that may just be to keep the pitch from crumbling as a result of the prevalent hot and dry weather. So very little fear of rain, and very little fear of dew as well. "Mohali is probably more like New Zealand conditions than perhaps Nagpur and Dharamsala," Hesson said.

 

Stats and trivia

 

 

  • Mitchell Santner's economy rate of 5.95 is the second-best by a New Zealander in T20Is under condition of at least 20 overs bowled. The man at the top is the one he is trying to emulate, Daniel Vettori, 5.7 after 131.1 overs. Ish Sodhi is third with 6.32 and Nathan McCullum is fifth with 6.86.
  • Pakistan average 25.40 for their opening partnership in all T20Is, among Full Members only Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have fared worse. New Zealand's 36.31 is the highest.

 

 

 

Quotes

 

"They are unpredictable, but very skilful. We are fortunate to have played them recently. Whether that makes them less predictable or just gives us more information. As a batting unit, they are relatively predictable in the way they play and that gives us more opportunity with the ball."
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson

"In cricket, generally the team that makes fewer mistakes wins. India made fewer mistakes than us. We have to cut down on our mistakes."
Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi

tournament. In this one though, they've been a bit like chameleons, changing their colours to suit their surroundings and hoodwink those higher on the food chain. A victory against Pakistan in Mohali will take them to a second semi-final at a global event in as many years.

 

 http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2016/content/story/986739.html

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Looking at the pitch we should start packing our bags.

 

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It won't be this green on the match day (may be flat) but if it is still a little green probably everyone except Amir is out of the game from Pak side 

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It won't be this green on the match day (may be flat) but if it is still a little green probably everyone except Amir is out of the game from Pak side 

Exactly. We are doomed in that case.

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NZ must win this. It will keep India's hope alive. 

If NZ win this and India won rest of two, then India will be in next round?

bengali are already out and down.

If pak lost this then they will also join Bangladesh.

Go Kiwi :dance:

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People are overrating Pakistan here. Here are their results in the last few world tournaments

CT 2013 - Group stage exit

WT20 2014 - Group stage exit

WC 2015 - QF exit (Earliest one could go considering minnows in group)

I don't see it being any different this time.

In recent times they have lost 0-3 to England, 1-2 to NZ, lost in Asia Cup against Ind/Bang.

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People are overrating Pakistan here. Here are their results in the last few world tournaments

CT 2013 - Group stage exit

WT20 2014 - Group stage exit

WC 2015 - QF exit (Earliest one could go considering minnows in group)

I don't see it being any different this time.

In recent times they have lost 0-3 to England, 1-2 to NZ, lost in Asia Cup against Ind/Bang.

After 2012 WT20, Indian fans have begun to start expecting the worst.:((

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After 2012 WT20, Indian fans have begun to start expecting the worst.:((

Well if you are going by the past since the 2011 WC we have lost at most one match (none in 2013 CT) in an ICC event. We already have our loss out of the way this time. :dance:

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In this tourney, almost all the games that I have watched (except Ind vs NZ) have been competitive .... which probably shows that a few players doing well can keep the team in the game so it is hard to write any team off based

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Well if you are going by the past since the 2011 WC we have lost at most one match (none in 2013 CT) in an ICC event. We already have our loss out of the way this time. :dance:

As @rett said in another thread, we all are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. I hope at the end of the day, all deserving teams go through and hope India is one among them.

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NZ hs beaten Pak before in WT20, however Pak has a better record (as NZ has traditionally been its bunny): 

 

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NZ hs beaten Pak before in WT20, however Pak has a better record (as NZ has traditionally been its bunny): 

 

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New Zealandwon1 runs lost1st PakistanBridgetown8 May 2010investigate this query
New Zealandlost13 runs lost2nd PakistanPallekele23 Sep 2012investigate this query

I think historical records matter jackshit. It's about the current team. This new NZ team is one of the world's best (WC finalists as well). Pakistan team is very weak and no Ajmal/Hafeez as well.

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NZ hs beaten Pak before in WT20, however Pak has a better record (as NZ has traditionally been its bunny): 

 

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New Zealandlost6 wickets7won1st PakistanCape Town22 Sep 2007investigate this query
New Zealandlost6 wickets41won1st PakistanThe Oval13 Jun 2009investigate this query
New Zealandwon1 runs lost1st PakistanBridgetown8 May 2010investigate this query
New Zealandlost13 runs lost2nd PakistanPallekele23 Sep 2012investigate this query

I think historical records matter jackshit. It's about the current team. This new NZ team is one of the world's best (WC finalists as well). Pakistan team is very weak and no Ajmal/Hafeez as well.

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I think historical records matter jackshit. It's about the current team. This new NZ team is one of the world's best (WC finalists as well). Pakistan team is very weak and no Ajmal/Hafeez as well.

On their day, Irfan can bowl like Marshall and Amir like Lillee or they will all decide to bowl freebies like they did against Bangladesh In the Asia Cup. You never know this Pakistan side. They are unpredictable in every sense.

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I think historical records matter jackshit. It's about the current team. This new NZ team is one of the world's best (WC finalists as well). Pakistan team is very weak and no Ajmal/Hafeez as well.

What I was suggesting is that NZ do beat Pak at world events .... it was not meant to draw any conclusion on the result of the upcoming match 

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Yeah. This NZ team has been beating Pakistan a lot. Defeated them last year too in ODIs/T20s home/away. Even defeated them in a test in UAE.

Exactly. And I am expecting it to be a close game as NZ would be seeking to enter SF while Pak would be fighting for its survival 

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Tbh, NZ's best chance to win is when the pitch turns. They slowed down the RR during India and Aus's chases only through their spinners. The seamers, Boult and Southee haven't bowled yet and will be under huge pressure if they do play. 

For Pakistan, they would want the pitch to help their seamers. Interesting game ahead today. Pitch holds the key for the result.

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Tbh, NZ's best chance to win is when the pitch turns. They slowed down the RR during India and Aus's chases only through their spinners. The seamers, Boult and Southee haven't bowled yet and will be under huge pressure if they do play. 

For Pakistan, they would want the pitch to help their seamers. Interesting game ahead today. Pitch holds the key for the result.

No its actually opposite, Turner will be better option. Sarfraz and Malik play spin well so would put them at 3 and 4 which would negate the threat of NZ Spinners while we would hope to get Kiwis out by playing Nawaz, Immad and Damaad e Hind. Amir takes pitch out of equation as he is smart enough to get a wicket or two and be a threat.

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No its actually opposite, Turner will be better option. Sarfraz and Malik play spin well so would put them at 3 and 4 which would negate the threat of NZ Spinners while we would hope to get Kiwis out by playing Nawaz and Immad.

But Santner and Sodhi have shown us, not once but twice that they are no amateurs. I know very little about Pak's spinners, so can't comment. But overall, from 2 matches I saw, their spinners are no pushovers. In fact, they are a genuine threat.

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But Santner and Sodhi have shown us, not once but twice that they are no amateurs. I know very little about Pak's spinners, so can't comment. But overall, from 2 matches I saw, their spinners are no pushovers. In fact, they are a genuine threat.

Sarfraz can easily play Herath on Day 5 in SriLanka so he will be key against spin a well as Malik who put up momentum against Indian Bowlers and gave some total though it was too late. So these both should bat at 3 and 4. Nawaz likes it when the ball spins and does something so its likely that he will be effective, Malik and Immad can also be handy on spinning track. Good thing about playing Nawaz and Immad both is that it helps batting also as both are capable batsman. Ideally will go with this team if its a turner:

 

Sharjeel, Shehzad, Sarfraz, Malik, Akmal, Latif, Afridi, Immad, Nawaz, Sami, Amir.

 

 

 

 

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Based on the pic, how will it turn too much when it has a grass cover. The grass has been kept to hold the pitch together

So if the grass is cut it would most likely be flat. If the grass is kept, it will assist seamers 

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Based on the pic, how will it turn much when it has a grass cover. The grass has been kept to hold the pitch together

So if the grass is cut it would most likely be flat. If the grass is kept, it will assist seamers 

Should make it Flat. Dont want another Asia Cup type pitch with grass

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Based on the pic, how will it turn much when it has a grass cover. The grass has been kept to hold the pitch together

So if the grass is cut it would most likely be flat. If the grass is kept, it will assist seamers 

Should make it Flat. Dont want another Asia Cup type pitch with grass

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Should make it Flat. Dont want another Asia Cup type pitch with grass

Such a pitch will allow Pak seamers to come into it. And so will NZ seamers. That will make for some interesting viewing.

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Such a pitch will allow Pak seamers to come into it. And so will NZ seamers. That will make for some interesting viewing.

Then we need to make sure that we play seamers however still drop Wahab. Also batting 2nd will help as you have to be calculative on such a wicket, Hopefully Aamir can wreck them if its seamer friendly wicket

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Then we need to make sure that we play seamers however still drop Wahab. Also batting 2nd will help as you have to be calculative on such a wicket, Hopefully Aamir can wreck them if its seamer friendly wicket

Pak would rather bat first in any case as batting while chasing can be tricky.

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Expecting an easy win for NZ. With the addition of 2 good spinners in Sodhi and Santner, they have all the bases covered. Guptil and Munro have to bat sensibly making up for their previous failures, if they both come to the party it's game over for PAK. If Pak win their next 2 games, it's game over for us. 

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Weather is clear for tonight and it'll be windy (its very windy here in delhi,wind speed around 22kmph) .both teams should stack fast bowlers in their line up looking at the pitch,should be a comeback for boult,southee.

Bowling first is the way to go

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