Wellington: New Zealand is worried about their opponents Zimbabwe, who won against Australia and Pakistan in their own warm-up matches before a loss to Sri Lanka due to the Duckworth Lewis system in the Twenty20 World Cup.
New Zealand takes on Zimbabwe in their second competition match in Guyana tomorrow, and a win will assure them a spot in the final stages of the tournament, while a loss would not rule them out.
Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori said they were treating the game as a must-win and weren`t taking their opponents lightly.
"If you look at their warm ups games they were fantastic so we know we`re in for a fight. We have to go in their and own the game and we want to win it comprehensively and not worry about run rates," Stuff.co.nz quoted Vettori, as saying.
If Zimbabwe wins against New Zealand then it would mean each team in Pool B had a win and a loss and the qualifying team would be chosen by run rate.
"There`s a little bit of familiarity but we know they`re a relatively new team for a lot of our guys. But they`ve got some performers who have done reasonably so I don`t think we can underestimate them but we`ve still got to go in thinking we can win," Vettori said.
Vettori said Chigumbura`s batting in the middle order had been impressive and was the man they would target when he came in, Stuff.co.nz reports.
The right-hander smashed 49 from 35 balls in a warm-up against defending champions Pakistan around four days ago.