Pakistan To Take On The Kiwis

Muhammad Umar JawedCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2009

CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 30: Younis Khan of Pakistan hits out during the ICC Champions Trophy match between Australia and Pakistan from SuperSport Park on September 30, 2009 in Centurion, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Green Shirts, under the leadership of Younus Khan will today take on the Kiwis for the semi-final match.

Pakistan came second in their Group-A after getting four points by thrashing West Indies and arch rivals India in their pool matches. However, they lost against Australia in a well-contested affair at Super Sports ground Centurion on September 30.

New Zealand finished top of Group-B with two victories and a better average compared to fellow semi-finalists England, who also gain two wins in the pool fixtures of the mega cricket event of the world. Both teams did practice at the Wanderers on Friday.

On the otherhand, captain Younus Khan said in a pre-match press conference that it would be good contest at the Wanderers, but the Green Shirts would enter the ground at full strength. “I am also fit for the semi-final," he added.

Younus Khan added that it was good sign that Muhammad Asif did well against World Champions Australia in the previous match at Centurion. “We have a pace battery to tackle the Kiwi batsmen in the second semifinal of the Champions’ Trophy cricket tournament," he maintained.

While answering a question, captain of the Pakistan team said that he would like to see England in the final. "Pakistan and England never win this title in the past and players of the both sides are eager to clinch the ICC Champions Trophy and there will be good cricket for the game lovers," he described.

Captain Younus Khan said that all boys are fit including Imran Nazir. He said: "We will finalize the team after observing the pitch conditions before starting the match. Our bowlers are doing well with the ball including pacers Umer Gul, Rana and Mohammad Asif. Shahid and Ajmal completing their job in the spin department."

2nd Semi-Final: New Zealand v Pakistan Saturday 3rd OCT at Johannesburg

Venue: The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Weather Conditions: Isolated Thunder Storm Showers are Expected, Max: 25°C Min: 15°C.
Date & Time: Oct 3, 18:30 PST 14:30 local, 12:30 GMT.
Live Telecasters: PTV Home, Star Cricket, Super Sport 6, Geo Super, Sky Sports 2.Radio Coverage: City FM 93.

Younis Khan (capt), Imran Nazir, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Rana Naved-ul Hasan, Fawad Alam, Moahmmad Yousuf, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Gul, Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif, Rao Iftikhar, Saeed Ajmal.

New Zealand
DL Vettori (capt), SE Bond, NT Broom, IG Butler, BJ Diamanti, GD Elliott, JEC Franklin, MJ Guptill, GJ Hopkins†, BB McCullum†, KD Mills, JS Patel, AJ Redmond, LRPL Taylor, DR Tuffey.
Form guide
(last five matches)

STATS (The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg)
Highest Total by Pakistan = 228/10 (Aus)
Highest Total by NZ = 315/2 (SL)
Highest Total (Batting First) = 434/4 by Aus
Highest Total (Batting Second) = 438/9 by SAF

Lowest Total by Pakistan = 109/10 (WI)
Lowest Total (Batting First) = 128/10 by SL
Lowest Total (Batting Second) = 109/10 by Pak

Pakistan have played seven ODIs on this ground and have lost six, except its Champions Trophy match against WI.

15 Day/Night matches have been played here, from which seven were won by the team who batted first, while eight were won by the team who batted second(match b/w IND & WI is excluded)

Teams batting first average 4.99 per over and 33.60 per wicket. For teams chasing, the numbers are 4.82 and 28.84.