WT20 : Australia vs Pakistan World T20 Preview
Australia hasn’t got the best out of David Warner, while Pakistan’s campaign has been hamstrung by Sarfraz’s lack of opportunities
Australia and Pakistan approach their cricket as differently as a scientist and an artist go about their jobs. No matter how contrasting their philosophies though, the two teams would have jumped in excitement when Mushfiqur Rahim reduced Bangladesh’s equation to two needed off three balls against India in Bangalore.
“We were all sitting together,” said Shoaib Malik, when asked if India’s one-run win was a difficult pill to swallow. “We wanted Bangladesh to win, not because we don’t like India, (but) we want to see ourselves go ahead in the tournament. We were supporting good cricket. If it was heartbreaking, I won’t be sitting here.”
India’s win not only kept it alive in the ICC World Twenty20 2016, but also made things slightly tougher for Australia and Pakistan. When the two teams face off in their Super 10s Group 2 game at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday (March 25), each would know that a win is the least that it needs in order to brighten semifinal aspirations.
If Pakistan beats Australia, then it has to wait for Australia to get the better of India and hope the net run-rate favours it. Australia, on the other hand, has to beat both Pakistan and India, which it faces at the same venue on March 27, to join New Zealand in the last four.