Kiwis cautious ahead of clash
A confident New Zealand will be eyeing a Super Eight berth when they take on Zimbabwe in a Group B match of World Twenty20 at the Providence stadium in Guyana today.Updated: May 04, 2010 00:26 IST
A confident New Zealand will be eyeing a Super Eight berth when they take on Zimbabwe in a Group B match of World Twenty20 at the Providence stadium in Guyana on Tuesday.
The Black Caps pulled off a thrilling two-wicket win with a ball to spare against Sri Lanka in their opening match on Saturday.
New Zealand strike bowler Shane Bond said that the Kiwis would go with an unchanged side.
"I suppose we will be fielding the same team (to the one that beat Sri Lanka) as it is a must-win game for us," said Bond
Bond, who took two for 35 against Sri Lanka, is well aware of Zimbabwe's ability to create upsets, having already beaten Australia and defending champions Pakistan in the warm-up matches.
Referring to all-rounder Andy Blignauht's return to the side after five years, Bond said Zimbabwe have a lot of experienced players back.
The low and slow pitches in the Caribbean will force Black Caps to make the most of their spin options.
In the warm up matches, Zimbabwe opened their bowling with off-spinner and captain Prosper Utseya and left-arm spinner Ray Price against Australia. Against Pakistan, legspinner Graeme Cremer and offie, Greg Lamb started the proceedings.
"We have got a bit of work to do playing the spin, and Zimbabwe have got plenty of that," New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch said.