WEB DESK: Pakistan will play against New Zealand in third match of World T20 today at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. It will be a must-win match for Pakistan after six-wicket loss to India.
In a pre-match conference, Afridi said that he has stayed away from Facebook and Twitter because he needs positive energy around him to perform well in the matches.
“Even before the tournament started, people had written us off. But, I have stayed away from Twitter and Facebook,” he said.
“Right now, all we can do is perform well. If you create a panic situation in the team then it is difficult to sort out things. Miracles always don’t work in cricket. We have to stop repeating small mistakes and play good cricket … There is a time to talk and there is a time to act. Now is the time to act on what has been spoken. We spoke over two days and planned, and tomorrow is action time.
“As a captain, I am just concerned about my team’s and my performance. I have belief in my and team’s ability that we will make the best use of our skills in tomorrow’s game,” he added.
“New Zealand are a good team, they have been playing good cricket for a few years now, but conditions are different. It’s also a different event and we have the hunger to win the next match.”
On the other hand, New Zealand think Pakistan is an unpredictable team. “They have got a lot of pace of left-arm variety and with (Mohammad) Irfan they have a difference in terms of bounce. Their bowling attack is very challenging, completely different from what we had faced in the last two games,” said Mike Hesson, New Zealand coach.
“We are fortunate to have played them recently. Whether that makes them less predictable or just gives us more information [remains to be seen]. As a batting unit, they are relatively predictable in the way they play and that gives us more opportunity with the ball.” he added.
New Zealand wants to maintain their position as unbeaten team of World T20 in Super 10 round.
Pakistan beat Bangladesh and got beaten by India, making it unpredictable for Kiwis.