Pakistan v Ireland live World T20 2012
With all the teams already into the groove in the ICC World Twenty20, Pakistan are eventually getting ready to enter the field as they take on New Zealand in their first match on Sunday.
It comes as rather unusual that a team is yet to play its first when all the matches in another group - Group C - have already been played.
Pakistan remain unpredictable as ever and so pundits are in for a hard time predicting what will happen.
The team had a reasonable build up by beating Australia in the first two matches in UAE, including a Super Over win, but got thrashed in the third match.
Similarly, in the warm ups, the ever so unpredictable batting chased 186 against India but failed to reach 112 against England.
On paper there are plenty of stars but at least a couple of them will have to come good. Imran Nazir holds a successful record against the Kiwis while Nasir Jamshed has been in prime form.
Bowling will once again be their banked upon area with the top three wicket takers in T20 cricket coming from Pakistan. Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi make it a difficult proposition for the opponents.
New Zealand were clinical in their win over Bangladesh and would be eyeing another win to find the easy route into the Super Eights, instead of relying on the outcome of Pakistan-Bangladesh match.
Brendon McCullum proved why he has the most runs in T20 cricket with a breathtaking century making him the only batsman with two T20 international centuries.
Ross Taylor also has fond memories at this ground having scored a memorable match-winning century against Pakistan at last year’s World Cup.
The bowlers also had a good outing and will look to replicate their performance against Pakistan who seem to struggle against the seaming ball.
The match starts at 3.30pm local time.
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