The equation is simple for New Zealand to reach the semifinals of the 2016 World T20. The Black Caps can become the first team in the World T20 to book their semifinals berth if they defeat Pakistan at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali Tuesday.
However, it will not be a cakewalk for New Zealand as they have to battle it out against Pakistan, who are also keen for a victory after their loss to India. Hence, this match is a must-win game for the Men in Green if Pakistan wants increase their chances of making it to the World T20 semifinals.
Pakistan and New Zealand were involved in a T20 and ODI series earlier in the year. New Zealand defeated Pakistan in both the formats convincingly, and are favourites to defeat Pakistan in the World T20 encounter as well.
New Zealand have defeated India and Australia in their first two matches, and much credit goes to their spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, who have both been impressive in the World T20.
But with the pitch in Mohali expected to assist seamers, New Zealand pace bowlers such as Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan have to use their skills to trouble the Pakistan batsmen. They might be encouraged to play with three pacers. New Zealand, who are habituated to playing in such conditions back home, should be pleased with such pitches.
Such pitches should also encourage the Pakistan pacers like Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Irfan, but Wahab Riaz is doubtful about the game as he was injured during training. To make things worse for Pakistan, experienced campaigner batsman Mohammad Hafeez is also not sure about his participation.
Pakistan played quality all-round cricket to emerge victorious against Bangladesh, but made some mistakes like misreading the pitch against India, which cost them the game. They also need to improve on their fielding as well.
Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi wants to cut down on mistakes against New Zealand.
"We need to cut down on our mistakes. If you keep repeating mistakes, it becomes difficult. It's not like we are making huge mistakes, just small mistakes here and there. We are batting well, bowling well, but cricket matches are won by sides that make fewer mistakes," ESPN Cricinfo quoted Afridi as saying.
More importantly Pakistan bowlers need to be on top of their game against New Zealand batsmen such as Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Corey Anderson. If they fail to stop these batsmen from scoring quick runs, Pakistan's chances of reaching the semifinals will look bleak.
Where to watch live
Pakistan vs New Zealand World T20 is set to begin at 7.30 p.m. IST (2 p.m. GMT, 9 a.m. ET). Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3, Star Sports HD1 and Star Sports HD3 will provide live TV coverage for viewers in India and the rest of South Asia. Viewers can also watch Pakistan vs New Zealand World T20 live streaming on Starsports online and Hotstar.
Viewers in New Zealand can watch Pakistan vs New Zealand World T20 live on Sky Sport and Sky Go NZ.
Willow TV and Willow TV Online are the places to be to watch the Pakistan vs New Zealand World T20 on TV and online in the US and Canada.
Sky Sports 2 will broadcast the match live in the U.K., while the live stream option is on Watch Sky Sports.
Fox Sports will show the Pakistan vs New Zealand match live in Australia, while the live streaming option is on Foxtel.
Audience in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa will be able to watch Pakistan vs New Zealand World T20 live on SuperSport 2, with the online live stream option SuperSport Live Video.