ICC World Twenty20/T20 2012, 23rd Match, Group 2: Australia Vs Pakistan at Colombo (RPS), Oct 2, 2012.
Match scheduled to begin at 15:30 local time (10:00 GMT)
Teams: Australia Vs Pakistan
Venue: Played at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo
Time: 10:00 GMT | 3:30 PM IST | 3 PM PKT
Toss: George Bailey has won the toss and Australia will bowl first. They are playing an unchanged team. Hafeez said he too would have bowled first. He says a target of 150 plus on this pitch will be tough to chase.
One change for Pakistan - Arafat replaced with Abdul Razzaq.
Message is straightforward for Pakistan - score as much as possible for the sake of the NRR.
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Sajjad: Pakistan can do something very serious, remember the semi final match in 2010 t20. Australia bowling was really tough and Pakistan went on to make 191 against that bowling line up.
Equation for Semisteams:
South Africa, who are playing later today, will be keeping an eye on the events. Should Pakistan beat Australia, South Africa will bow out and they'll be playing for pride against India. Should Pakistan lose, and South Africa win, we will have three teams tied on 2 points and it will come down to Net Run Rate. That will be an interesting scenario.
If Pakistan lose to Australia, an Indian win will knock them out without NRR playing any part. Even if South Africa beat India in this scenario, Pakistan's chances remain bleak: if they lose their match by five runs (chasing 161), and if South Africa score 160 and beat India by the same margin, then Pakistan's NRR will be poorer than South Africa's.
Australia has to score 112 to make themselves sure for semi-final.