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.
Pakistan’s team management has announced two changes for the all-important clash against the New Zealand scheduled to be played today as Fawad Alam, who was doing nothing in the team, has been replaced by left-arm off-spinner Abdul Rehman while Mohammad Sami would replace Mohammad Asif who went for plenty against England the other day.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. 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 fool’s world anymore and has simple warned his side to stop watching semi-final dreams if they can’t beat Pakistan.