After they lost against arch-rivals India in their last match, Pakistan has to beat Australia in today’s ICC World Twenty20 match of Super Eights group if they want to keep their hopes live in the tournament.
Pakistan is a very good cricketing side, but they showed very poor performance against India, and lost the match by 8 wickets. Pakistan cricket team will take on Australia today in Super Eights match played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
But, today is a do-or-die match for Pakistan; they have to win the match with big margin. If Pakistan wins against Australia today, and India beats South Africa in the second match of the day. Then run rate will play the role.
Shane Watson will be the key player for Australia and Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi would be the key players for Pakistan.
Australia enjoys healthy run rate of +1.712, but Pakistan has -0.426 run rate and India has a -0.452 run rate. Therefore, both India and Pakistan have good chances to make their ways into Semi-finals.
On the other hand, West Indies and Sri Lanka had already made their way into semi-finals.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (capt.), Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Sami, Asad Shafiq, Raza Hasan.
Australia: George Bailey (capt), Dan Christian, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Hogg, David Hussey, Michael Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White.
Umpires IJ Gould and RA Kettleborough
TV umpire HDPK Dharmasena
Match referee JJ Crowe
Reserve umpire RJ Tucker
Match starts at 3.30 pm (IST).