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Kane Williamson has impressed everyone with his captaincy at the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 Getty

New Zealand take on Pakistan in a Group 2 encounter of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 on 22 March at the IS Bindra Stadium in Chandigarh.

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Table toppers New Zealand will look to continue their fine form in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 when they take on Pakistan in a Group 2 encounter at Chandigarh on 22 March, Tuesday.

The only unbeaten team in Group 2, the Black Caps have surprised everyone with their tactical innovations and impressive cricket. Skipper Kane Williamson has taken a leaf out of Brendon McCullum's book, promoting aggressive cricket while also trying to out-think opponents on the field.

No team would leave out its two best bowlers for an important international tournament such as this, but the Kiwis have had no hesitation in dropping Trent Boult and Tim Southee to the bench, while promoting spinners in their place.

The batsmen and bowlers have looked good with the bowling in particular stocked with options. One example is Mitchell McClenaghan's man of the match performance in the last game. It is tough to predict the starting XI for this Kiwi side as they chop and change depending on the conditions, but may opt to bring back Nathan McCullum in place of pacer Adam Milne.

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Shahid Afridi is under a lot of pressure as captain of the Pakistan T20 side Getty

It has been a familiar story for their opponents Pakistan, who remain unpredictable. The men in green look unbeatable one day and poor the next, with no one knowing which Pakistan will turn up on a given day.

Their six-wicket loss to arch-rivals India on 19 March, Sunday was their 11<sup>th loss to them in ICC World Cup tournaments. In fact, they are yet to beat India in a World Cup game.

Their batting, except the game against Bangladesh, has struggled. This is a problem that has persisted for a long time. There has been a lot of criticism of the team management and coach Waqar Younis over Pakistan's declining batting standards. As usual they depend on their bowlers to win them games. However, as their loss to India showed, no matter how good the attack of Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Sami, Wahab Riaz and Shahid Afridi look, they still need their batsman to put up runs on the board.

Skipper Shahid Afridi is under a lot of pressure both from within and outside cricketing circles and he will come out on the field knowing it is a must-win game for his side.


New Zealand to win

Betting odds (betfair)

·New Zealand to win: 8/11

·Pakistan to win: 23/20

Team news

New Zealand

Possible XI: Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin Munro, Corey Anderson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliot, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi


Possible XI: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi (c), Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan.