Pakistan looking to get the basics right
After suffering a 'shameful' defeat against the Kiwis in the final game of their ODI series Pakistan will go into tomorrows' Twenty20 clash in Abu Dhabi looking to get the basics right.
The Kiwis beat Pakistan in the final match of their three match series by 7 runs to claim a 2-1 victory. The defeat was labeled shameful by Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi.
"It was a shameful defeat and we batted like club cricketers," said Afridi, who will lead the Twenty20 World Cup Champions for the first time in a Twenty20 international since taking over the captaincy from Younus Khan.
Despite never beating Pakistan in a Twenty20 international the Kiwis will go into tomorrows' game full of confidence. "The one-day series win was a confidence booster for us and I am sure the guys will be more motivated," said Vettori.
The Kiwis have meet Pakistan twice in the shortest format of the game losing both matches by 6 wickets including their semi final defeat at Newlands in Cape Town during the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup.
Vettori goes into the game with a thread bare squad with Kyle Mills and James Franklin unlikely to play. With all rounder Jacob Oram returning to New Zealand to be with his wife who his expecting their first child BJ Watling and Neil Broom will be a game day decision for the number 11 spot.
Pakistan can pick from a fully fit squad including Imran Nazir, Fawad Alam and Sohail Tanvir who have joined the team for the Twenty20 series.
Despite winning the ODI series Vettori knows the Twenty20 series will be a lot harderas the Kiwis face the current Twenty20 World champions who have won 19 of their 25 matches.
"We're certainly up against a quality side, the world champions, but just like the one-day games we know the plans and the plans work when we put them into place," Vettori said.
"It's purely execution, the real onus is on our bowlers to step up and restrict Pakistan because if we get things slightly wrong then they can hurt us."