Pakistan fell a tad short of winning the Asia Cup, and now the men in green will be determined to go all the way in the World T20 2014 as they look to reclaim the title they won in 2009.
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A couple of warm-up matches to get acclimatised to the T20 format is always essential heading into such a big tournament and Pakistan will look for some much-needed practice when they take on New Zealand at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Monday.
"Momentum in any tournament plays an important role and with sort of cricket we have played in Asia Cup, we have got that momentum," Pakistan T20 skipper Mohammed Hafeez said.
As much as this warm-up game might be the focus on Monday, though, there is little doubt that the India vs Pakistan match - the opener of the main phase - on Friday will be on every single Pakistan player's mind.
"I always say that an India-Pakistan match is full of pressure but you enjoy playing it," Hafeez said on Saturday. "As a captain I am happy that it's the first match and if you do well in such an opening match you obviously feel much easier in upcoming matches as far as pressure is concerned.
"Obviously you can't take any team with lighter hands but in an India match, we would want to start off doing well."
Getting past New Zealand, albeit in a warm-up game, will not be easy, however. The Kiwis are coming off a brilliantly successful series against India, and while T20s have not been played by the Black Caps too much of late, they have plenty of match-winners, both with the bat and the ball, which makes them contenders for the title.
"We are quietly confident, but very respectful of the opposition," Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum said. "We have just got to make sure that we adapt to the conditions really quickly, start the tournament well and try to build some momentum from there.
"That's going to be the key for us. If we do that, then I think we've got the personnel and the match-winners in our team to give it a good shake, but we're going to have to play consistently well throughout the tournament and probably get a little luck along the way too."
The warm-up games are the perfect platform to try out a few different things, iron out the chinks and settle on your preferred playing XI going into the fixtures that matter, and both Pakistan and New Zealand will be keen to ensure they get that momentum as well as the winning feeling going.
Squads: Pakistan: Mohammed Hafeez (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanveer, Zulfiqar Babar, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Talha.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Anton Devcich, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Ronnie Hira, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee.
Where to Watch Live
World T20 2014: Pakistan vs New Zealand warm-up Live TV Information (Match starts 3.30 pm local time, 3 pm IST, 9.30 am GMT, 5.30 am ET)
|India||Star Sports 3, Star Sports 2, Star Sports HD1|
|US and Latin America||ESPN|
|UK and Ireland||Sky Sports|
|Middle East||OSN Sport Cricket|
|Sub Saharan Africa & South Africa||SuperSport|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport|
|Pakistan||PTV and Ten Sports|
|Bangladesh||Bangladesh TV Maasranga TV and Gazi TV|
|South Africa & Sub Saharan Africa||HERE|
|Pakistan||HERE or HERE|