Statbox: Pakistan vs New Zealand
Facts and figures relating to the Group A World Cup Match between Pakistan and New Zealand (0900 GMT) at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy on Tuesday.
Pakistan lead 51-34 (Tied: 1; NR: 2)
In the World Cups: Pakistan lead 6-1
In the sub-continent: Pakistan led 20-7
* Pakistan beat New Zealand 3-2 in a ODI series just before the World Cup and they will know each other's strengths and weaknesses well.
* Pakistan lost their first World Cup encounter to New Zealand in 1983 but since then have won six matches in a row, the last one being in the 1999 World Cup.
* Pakistan (WWWLW) have been bowling out of their skins, with Shahid Afridi leading the wickets tally with 14 victims from three matches. He is also fifth in the overall economy rate with 2.60 runs per over from his 28 overs so far.
* With Misbah-ul-Haq (185 runs), Umar Akmal (129) and Younus Khan (128) among the runs and in the top 20 overall so far this World Cup, they have a well rounded side.
* New Zealand (WLWWL) have blown hot and cold with comprehensive 10 wicket victories against Kenya and Zimbabwe, but a seven wicket defeat to Australia. Their batting has been fairly inconsistent, and Martin Guptill (with 135 runs so far) and Brendon McCullum (118 runs) will have to provide a convincing opening start.
* The fast bowlers, especially Tim Southee and Hamish Bennett, have been among the wickets, with seven and six wickets respectively. Quite a few of the Kiwi bowlers have been very economical. Jacob Oram (0.70 RPO) and Kyle Mills (2.90 RPO) have only played one match, while others like Scott Styris (3.25 RPO), Southee (3.43 RPO) and Daniel Vettori (3.47 RPO) have strangled the opposition.
* The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is yet to host any limited overs match, but in the only test match that was played here between Sri Lanka and West Indies, the match ended in a dull draw with rain playing spoilsport. However, six of the eight wickets to fall had gone to the spinners, if that is any indication of the nature of the pitch.