New Zealand lead group C quite convincingly after flogging Bangladesh largely due to the influence of Brendan McCullum’s hundred. This game between New Zealand and Pakistan should determine which of these teams finishes the group stage on top of Group C. Brendan McCullum is in blistering form at the moment, and Pakistan will need to shut him down early if they want to top the group. Saeed Ajmal will have to be brave against McCullum but this contest could be very exciting to watch as they are two in form players.
Match Information :
September 23, Pallekele
Starting Time: 1530 Local Time (1000 GMT Time)
Brendan McCullum vs Saeed Ajmal
Brendan McCullum is one of the in form players in this tournament, and with his reputation and hit hard hitting if he continues it New Zealand could possibly go further than expected in this tournament. Saeed Ajmal is one of the in form bowlers having taken 7 wickets from the 2 warm up matches against India and England. McCullum will have a tougher task than the Bangladesh bowling attack but going into an important match having scored 123 from 58 balls he would feel on top of the world. Saeed Ajmal will be a very important player in Pakistan’s plans to take the title and not only will he have to take the wicket of McCullum but also the other New Zealand batsman to restrict them to a low score.
New Zealand shouldn’t make any changes for this match after all their players contributed in some type of form with no weak link.
New Zealand (probable): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Rob Nicol, 3 Brendon McCullum (wk), 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Kane Williamson, 6 James Franklin, 7 Jacob Oram, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Nathan McCullum, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills.
Pakistan beat India quite convincingly but lost to England and they will have to make a decision to pick Sohail Tanvir or Mohammad Sami since Raza Hasan performed extremely well in the match against England.
Pakistan (probable): 1 Mohammad Hafeez, 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Nasir Jamshed, 4 Kamran Akmal (wk), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Abdul Razzaq, 9 Sohail Tanvir, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Saeed Ajm