Friday, April 30, 2010

Black Caps predict low scoring match in ICC Twenty20 Opener

Twenty20 cricket is all about the big hits but the Black Caps are not expecting a run fest in the upcoming World Cup.

After experiencing slow wickets in Guyana, The Black Caps are picking Today's tournament opener with Sri Lanka could be a low scoring affair.

Despite winning both their warm up matches the Black Caps batsmen aren't exactly full of confidence heading into the Twenty 20 World Cup.

Black Caps all rounder Scott Styris says the team are struggling to adjust to the lifeless wickets in the Caribbean

“It's the nature of the pitches here they are really difficult to bat on, it's going to be tough going I think,” says Styris.

The first six wickets fell for just 37 runs against the West Indies, prompting a rethink from the top order.

“It's requiring a change of game plan we're all still trying to figure out how to bat on this [the pitch],” says Styris.

The conditions have suited Styris' bowling, picking up five wickets in the warm up matches

While Nathan McCullum looks set to provide a second spinning option after opening the bowling in both warm up matches.

But the Sri Lankans have their own spin bowling riches, with Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis set to test the Black Caps batsmen.

“Spin is going to play a big part, so just adapting your game to facing spin the quick bowlers will bow a lot of slower balls as well,” says Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor.

It hasn't been all easy for the spinners though, despite taking two wickets skipper Dan Vettori's gone for 79 from 7 overs in the warm up matches.

But after their experiences in Guyana the Black Caps believe 120-130 could be a winning total in Today's opener.

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