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Pak face Kiwi challenge in crucial encounter

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Mohali, March 21, 2016Pakistan will be urgently hoping to guarantee the excruciating annihilation to India turns into a far off past when they keep running into an in-structure New Zealand in Mohali on Tuesday with an expect to skip over into the World Twenty20 and placate their intense fans back home.

Pakistan is coming into the Group 2 Super 10 amusement having endured their eleventh annihilation to the most despised opponents in ICC’s reality occasions. The 2009 champions entered the competition after an early disposal in the Asia Cup.

Then again, the New Zealanders are having some fantastic luck with two monstrous wins over hosts India and Australia, making them one of the solid contenders to lift the desired trophy on April 3. Another win and they will be in the knockout phases of the uber occasion.

New Zealand have risen as the group to beat after the dazed competition top picks India first up, before showing signs of improvement of conventional opponent Australia in a trans-Tasman fight.

While the spinners emerged in both amusements with a bagful of wickets on pitches that helped turn, left-arm quick medium bowler Mitchell McClenaghan ended up being Australia’s foe with a three-wicket burst in uneven Dharamsala.

McClenaghan aside, any semblance of left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum pained the Aussies and in addition the Indians, with their trickiness and precision.

The way that captain Kane Williamson has yet to give cutting edge pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult an amusement in this competition gives plentiful shows of New Zealand’s profundity in knocking down some pins.

Considering the Pakistani batsmen’s helplessness against quality rocking the bowling alley, the Kiwi assault will favor their extravagant their odds at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Be that as it may, batting is a territory New Zealand would do well to address.

Excepting Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi, the batsmen battled against India. At the point when Australia went up against them, Martin Guptill top-scored with 39, while Williamson, Colin Munro and Grant Elliott all got begins however couldn’t go ahead to make a major one. Accordingly, the competition is still to witness a half century from the cutting edge of a New Zealander.

To the extent the Pakistanis are concerned, they started the competition with a persuading win over Bangladesh when the batting and knocking down some pins both clicked.

Be that as it may, in the diminished amusement against India at Eden Gardens, they clasped under weight and Virat Kohli’s batting expert class.

Captain Shahid Afridi was taking care of business against Bangladesh close by the accomplished Mohammad Hafeez. The bowlers too supplemented in a major win. Afridi, who has confronted feedback from different quarters back home for losing to India, will be enthusiastic to recapture his touch.

They couldn’t repeat their execution against a more grounded India. Shoib Malik made profitable commitment with the bat yet was reprobate with the ball. Umar Akmal additionally made valuable keeps running at an energetic pace.

Nonetheless, after the early burst by Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Sami, the Pakistani bowlers neglected to remove Kohli, who was all around bolstered by Yuvraj Singh.

Teams (from):

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santer, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliott, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Corey Anderson.

Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Sharjeel Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif, Mohammad Amir, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Imad Wasim, Anwar Ali, Khurram Manzo.