Pallekele: Pakistan on Sunday set 178 runs target against New Zealand here at Pallekele. Pakistan skipper captain Mohammad Hafeez won the toss and elected to bat first.
Pakistan finished the inning with 177 for 6 wickets. They looked like getting more when Hafeez and Jamshed were batting but it is still a good score, considering the bowling attack they have.
Jamshed, who scored fifty on just 27 balls, played quick 56 runs inning and Hafeez made 43 runs.
Earlier, Mohammad Hafeez said, “Pakistan will bat. The four players Pakistan have left out are Mohammad Sami, Raza Hasan, Abdul Razzaq and Asad Shafiq. So Yasir Arafat is playing ahead of Razzaq.”
Taylor, the Kiwi’s skipper, says “this pitch seems a bit drier than the one they played on against Bangladesh. New Zealand have brought in the fast bowler Adam Milne to replace the injured Martin Guptill.”
However, Pakistan have better statistics against the Kiwis in the shorter format of the game but the black caps defeated Pakistan when both the team met at the same venue during ICC World Cup 2011.
The Kiwis are confident as they defeated Bangladesh in their opening game with great margin.
Analysts say that the real contest will be between the World no 1 spinner Saeed Ajmal and Brendon McCullum, who scored a ton against the Bengal tigers in opening match of the championship.