New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – Saturday October 3, 2009 (D/N)
After surviving the late scare of a batting collapse against England in their last match New Zealand will be hoping for a better performance from their batsmen in the second semi-final on Saturday. The addition of Aaron Redmond in for the injured Jesse Ryder should strengthen the Kiwis in this department.
Grant Elliott has been passed fit to play after an injection, New Zealand had flown Scott Styris in to cover for Elliott in case he didn’t make it.
As for Pakistan their batting line up is their perceived weakness as well and stuttered against West Indies and Australia, against India a massive partnership between Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik gave them their only big score so far in this tournament.
Mohammad Aamer comes back in place of Mohammad Asif, while Imran Nazir replaces Misbah-ul-Haq and will bat at the top of the order.
Pakistan have won the toss and will bat, captain Younis Khan seems happier to try and set a target and then rely on his excellent death bolwers – Umar Gul and Naved-ul-Hasanal – to defend it for him.
New Zealand – McCullum (WK), Redmond, Guptill, Taylor, Elliott, Broom, Franklin, Vettori (C), Mills, Butler, Bond
Pakistan – Kamran Akmal (WK), Imran Nazir, Younis Khan (C), Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal, Naved-ul-Hasan, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal