Hafeez promises to end Pak`s opening woes against NZ

Updated: Mar 07, 2011, 13:54 PM IST

Pallekele: They might have come a cropper so far, but Pakistan batsman Mohammed Hafeez on Monday said he and his opening partner Ahmed Shahzad are just one good partnership away from striking form in the ongoing cricket World Cup.

Hafeez and Shahzad`s opening partnerships of 11, 28 and 16 so far have put Pakistan in early trouble in all their previous three matches. They have already been told to improve by skipper Shahid Afridi and coach Waqar Younis.

"As an opener I know we have not given a good start to the team, but there`s no lack of confidence and we just need one good partnership to get the rhythm back," Hafeez said.

The 30-year-old said he also needs a bit of luck to go his way as he prepares for the match against New Zealand here tomorrow.

"You need luck in cricket to perform. Here there is lateral movement with the new ball and the swing is also there so both of us are trying to put up a long partnership which is the requirement," he said.

Talking about the match against New Zealand, Hafeez said the Kiwis` bowling attack should not be much of a threat to Pakistan`s batting which handled it easily during a tour before the World Cup.

"We handled their bowling very well in New Zealand. Confdence is very high and I hope to perform against them," said Hafeez.