ICC World T20 2012: Pakistan elect to bat against New Zealand
Pakistan, playing their first match of the tournament would like to start their campaign on a winning note © AFP
By CricketCountry Staff
Pallekele: Sep 23, 2012
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and elected to bat first against New Zealand in Group D match of the World T20 on Sunday.
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.
Brendon McCullum on Friday became the first cricketer to score two centuries in Twenty20 Internationals asNew Zealand launched their ICC World T20 campaign with a crushing 59-run victory over Bangladesh.
McCullum (123) was in devastating form as he butchered the Bangladesh bowlers with 11 fours and seven sixes in his 58-ball knock to guide New Zealand to 191 for three after being asked to bat in the opening Group D match at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Chasing a mammoth target of 192, the highest so far in this edition of the ICC World Twenty20, Bangladesh could score just 132 for eight. Kyle Mills (3/33) triggered a Bangladesh top-order collapse with pace colleague Tim Southee chipping in with three wickets for just 16 runs.
Pakistan, playing their first match of the tournament would like to start their campaign on a winning note against the Kiwis.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (c), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal
New Zealand: Rob Nicol, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum (wk), Ross Taylor (c), Kane Williamson, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Adam
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