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ICC T20 World Cup
ICC World Twenty20: Pakistan have a tough task ahead of halting New Zealand's march to the semi-finals
Pakistan will have to forget about their loss against India on Saturday and concentrate on the big match of today, where they face tough opponents in New Zealand. A win today for Pakistan would help pacify their fans back home, who are bitter after their team's 11th World Cup defeat against India.

The Pakistan New Zealand clash in Group 2 of the Super 10 stage takes place at the PCA Stadium in Mohali today. The work for Pakistan is cut out in today's game as the Kiwis are on a roll and table toppers in Group B, after having beaten arch rivals Australia and hosts India.

The Black Caps look strong contenders to lift the cup on April 3. New Zealand need just a win from sealing their place in the semi-finals.

On turning Indian tracks the Kiwi spinners have stood out in both games they have played so far, while left-arm bowler Mitchell McClenaghan inflicted most damage to Australia, bagging 3 wickets at Dharamshala.

Apart from McClenaghan, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and Nathan McCullum also came to the party and troubled both the Australians and the Indian with their tight line and accuracy.

The mere fact that skipper Kane Williamson is yet to give a bowl to his frontline pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult itself speaks volumes of the depth in New Zealand's bowling and their bench strength.

The only area of concern for New Zealand is their batting which has looked rusty and struggled against India. Against Australia Colin Munro, Williamson and Grant Elliot all got starts but could not go on to make big scores. No New Zealander has so far managed to reach the 50-run mark in the tournament so far.

As for Pakistan, they began the tournament by convincingly beating Bangladesh, but were tested under pressure by India in a rain curtailed match.

The Pakistani batsmen have been performing only in bits and pieces so far and will have to get their act together today against the Kiwis.

Pakistan bowlers Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Sami began decent spells against India but struggled later and failed to take Virat Kohli's wicket, who ultimately took India towards a convincing victory.

If the Pakistani bowlers come to the party today and are able to make inroads into the New Zealand batting, then they have more than a decent chance of halting New Zealand 's march to the semi-finals today.

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