BRIDGETOWN: New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori gave his side a stark warning to improve their performance or forget about reaching the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 as his team face defending champions Pakistan in the crucial Super Eights clash here on Saturday.
The Black Caps suffered their first loss of this tournament when they began the Super Eights with a 13-run loss to South Africa that was more comprehensive than the raw result suggests.
Having previously defeated Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in the group phase, Vettori’s men will now probably need to beat both defending champions Pakistan and England if they are to reach the last four.
Meanwhile, for Pakistan it’s simply
do-or-die game against the Kiwis today as the Shahid Afridi-led brigade have struggled to get their act together in the slam-bang version of the game since winning their competition opener against Bangladesh.
Having lost to Australia by 34 runs in the first
round, Pakistan fumbled against England in the Super Eights match on Thursday, and lost b
y six wickets with batting and fielding performance letting them down badly.
PAKISTAN: Shahid Afridi (captain), Salman Butt, Mohammad Hafeez, Khalid Latif, Misbah-ul-Haq, Fawad Alam, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Hammad Azam, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal.
NEW ZEALAND: Daniel Vettori (captain), Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Aaron Redmond, Jacob Oram, Gareth Hopkins, Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Shane Bond, Ian Butler.