22 Jan 2016

Black Caps seek series win in final T20

12:37 pm on 22 January 2016

The Black Caps coach, Mike Hesson, is quietly confident his side will win tonight's third - and - deciding Twenty20 cricket match against Pakistan in Wellington.

Colin Munro

Colin Munro Photo: Photosport

After losing the first T20 by 16 runs in Auckland, the Black Caps thumped the tourists by 10 wickets in game two in Hamilton to level the series.

Like Eden Park, the pitch at Wellington's Westpac Stadium is a drop-in, which Hesson is excited about.

"In terms of preparation we couldn't have wished for anything better, playing in front of a good crowd I'm sure against a high quality in a match that really counts so we're looking forward to it."

Meanwhile batsman Ross Taylor is banking on Black Caps teammate Colin Munro to be the next man to hit multiple shots out of Westpac Stadium.

The last time the Black Caps played there, Martin Guptill smashed his way to a double century and two of his sixes found their way over the roof.

Taylor, Craig McMillan and Munro are the only other Black Caps to hit a single six out of the ground with Guptill the only player to do it twice.

Taylor's putting his money on Munro to match Guptill's feat.

"I just had coffee with Guppy (Guptill) before and he was raving about how no-one's hit it twice on there so hopefully Colin can hit it up there and there can be two of them that hit it up there."

Pakistan are likely to make some changes to their side for tonight's match after being outplayed in game two.

Pakistan's veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who will play his 90th T20 international tonight, said they need to take more control of the game at Westpac Stadium.

Pakistan batsman Shahid Afridi in action.

Pakistan batsman Shahid Afridi in action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

"I think Twenty20 is about it (sic) I think we have to play aggressive cricket and I think we need some aggression from the batsmen and bowlers as well.

"In the last game I think the New Zealanders batted very well but I think that we didn't bowl well, we didn't stick to the plan and I think they played better cricket than us."

Afridi hammered home that Pakistan's bowling unit needs to lift their game in tonight's match.

He said it's obvious their bowlers should have done better.

"We will make some plan especially the bowlers where we're going to bowl the (NZ) batsmen.

"Line and length and bowl according to the plan is very important and I think we missed that (in the game two loss in Hamilton) but I must give credit to the New Zealanders they batted well."

It's an important game for both sides tonight as it is their last before the T20 World Cup in India in March.

The match gets underway at 7pm.