Top Run Scorers in Pakistan V New Zealand One Day International Series Updated at end of series, 09/11/09
228 – Brendon McCullum, NZ 128 – Khalid Latif, PAK 85 – Mohammad Aamer, PAK 84 – Salman Butt, PAK 83 – Daniel Vettori, NZ 79 – Aaron Redmond, NZ 75 – Kamran Akmal, PAK 75 – Shahid Afridi, PAK 74 – Martin Guptill, NZ 61 – Abdul Razzaq, PAK 48 – Mohammad Yousuf, PAK 44 – Jacob Oram, PAK 44 – Ross Taylor, PAK 37 – Shoaib Malik, PAK 36 – Saeed Ajmal, PAK 28 – Scott Styris, NZ 25 – Shane Bond, NZ 22 – Younis Khan, PAK 21 – Umar Akmal, PAK 10 – Umar Gul, PAK 8 – Kyle Mills, NZ 5 – Tim Southee, NZ 4 – Ian Butler, NZ
Top Wicket Takers in Pakistan V New Zealand One Day International Series Updated at end of series, 09/11/09
6 – Saeed Ajmal, PAK 5 – Daniel Vettori, NZ 5 – Shahid Afridi, PAK 5 – Umar Gul, PAK 4 – Jacob Oram, NZ 4 – Abdul Razzaq, PAK 4 – Mohammad Aamer, PAK 4 – Tim Southee, NZ 4 – Shane Bond, NZ 3 – Scott Styris, NZ 3 – Kyle Mills, NZ 1 – Shoaib Malik, PAK 1 – Ian Butler, NZ
Despite momentum shifting over to New Zealand during their win in the second match of the series, Pakistan still maintain favouritism with the bookmakers and are as short as 8/15 with some firms to win todays decider against the Kiwi’s.
However anyone who watched the last game would be brave to be parting with any hard earned on a Pakistan victory, their batting wasn’t great, – with Younis Khan now coming under pressure with his performances of late – the fielding was awful and their main strength, their bowling couldn’t really get into the game such was the conditions and the onslaught from Brendon McCullum.
Anyone who has followed cricket over the past decade or so will be well aware that form isn’t a good guide on which to jude Pakistan when they are going into a big game or a deciding match of any sort, they are just as likely to turn up and look like world beaters as they are get bowled out for 120.
For all their dominance in the last match, New Zealand are another side who can flatter to deceive. Anyone who thinks Brendon McCullum has turned the corner with that innings should check his record and of the ten players to bat in the second game five didn’t make it into double figures, four of them top order batsmen, add that to the batting disaster in the first match and you could argue a few cracks have merely been painted over.
On a positive note for New Zealand they are well led with skipper Dan Vettori who sets a good example with both bat and ball, they have a well balanced attack with the pace of Shane Bond, Vettori’s spin and a capable group of seamers led by one day specialist Kyle Mills, also their fielding is excellent.
In conclusion you have Pakistans suspect temperament, their awful fielding and dodgy unpredictable batting along with a top class bowling unit, New Zealand are also suspect with the bat, are good in the field and also have a decent bowling unit.
Somehow weighing all this up the bookies make Pakistan the favourites. Personally it is too close to call and totally unpredictable, I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole.
Pakistan – Salman Butt, Khalid Latif, Younis Khan (C), Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (WK), Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal.
New Zealand – Aaron Redmond, Brendon McCullum (WK), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori (C), Neil Broom, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Shane Bond.
Pakistan go into the 2nd ODI against New Zealand as favourites to win both game and series on the back of their impressive win in Tuesday’s opening match. At 75/4 in the 1st game Pakistan’s batsman were struggling until a middle order onslaught from Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal and Abdul Razzaq got them up to what turned out to be a more that competitive total of 287/9.
If the batting didn’t look that convincing then the bowling made up for it as New Zealand were bowled out for just 149, Mohammad Aamer and Saeed Ajmal looked particularly impressive both bowling 7 overs at an economy rate of less than two and a half.
New Zealand welcome back Kyle Mills and James Franklin who missed the 1st game with injury, and on the basis of their performance they need all the help that they can get, Mills, who is a proven top ODI performer will expect to walk back into this side.
The Kiwi’s have had a look at the conditions now and as they tend to do when written off will look to provide an improved performance. Similarly to Pakistan, their batting looks weak (with no Jesse Ryder in the squad) but they have the makings of a decent bowling unit and their fielding is generally up to the job. Expect a closer game this time.
Pakistan – Salman Butt, Khalid Latif, Younis Khan (C), Mohammad Yousuf, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal (WK), Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal
New Zealand – Aaron Redmond, Brendon McCullum (WK), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori (C), Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Shane Bond, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee