Australia will take on Pakistan in a crucial Group 2 encounter at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium on Friday, March 25, starting at 3 pm local time and 9:30 am GMT.
The equations have changed big time after India’s thrilling last-ball victory against Bangladesh. As per the official ICC reports, “India’s win not only kept it alive in the ICC World Twenty20 2016, but also made things slightly tougher for Australia and Pakistan.”
“We were all sitting together,” said Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik. “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.”
Everything will now depend on the net run rate. Of course, with that being said, both teams will go out in Mohali to win the contest. India’s run rate doesn’t seem to favour them. Chances of Pakistan going to the final stages of the tournament looks bleak as a win won’t guarantee them anything.
As per the International Business Times reports, Pakistan’s chances of making it to the semis will depend on their victory against Australia and then wait for Australia to beat India, that too without improving their run rate.
Australia will look forward to win against Pakistan with a good run rate on board and then hope to beat India.
The Group 2 fixture has taken things down to the wire. Stay tuned for more updates on ICC World T20.
Australia: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Peter Nevill (wk), Andrew Tye, Shane Watson, Adam Zampa
Pakistan: Shahid Afridi (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Sami, Khalid Latif
Australia vs Pakistan, ICC World T20 Live Group 2
Date: Friday, 25 March 2016
Time: 3 pm local time, 9:30 am GMT
Venue: PCA IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, India
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