Black Caps in hunt for World T20 title, says Vettori

Guyana: The Daniel Vettori-led New Zealand squad has said that they must not be underestimated and are definitely in the hunt for this year`s World Twenty20 title.

"If we can play as well as we can, we should be in the hunt," a website quoted all-rounder Scot Styris, as saying.

"We are going in with the view that we are a chance to win it and, if we don`t, then it is a disappointment," he added.

New Zealand is settling into Guyana, where they have a couple of warm-up matches before facing Sri Lanka on Friday and Zimbabwe next Tuesday.

"We`re very confident. I think spin bowling is going to play a big part, particularly on the slower grounds in the Caribbean. We`re expecting myself and Nathan McCullum to play a big role," Vettori said.

New Zealand`s strength is their explosive batting. Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder are among the most lethal hitters in the game and then there is the streetwise Scott Styris, who enjoyed the slow tracks the Caribbean produced in the 2007 50-over World Cup.

New Zealand failed to make the semifinals of last year`s World Twenty20 in England, but left a mark by raising more than their eyebrows at the reverse swing Pakistan paceman Umar Gul was able to achieve at The Oval.

All rounder Jacob Oram also hopes to chime in with runs down the order.

"Our batting lineup to me is very, very strong and right down to No 8, 9 and even 10 sometimes, we`ve got guys who can come in and hit the ball a long way. I think that`s our main strength," Oram said.