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Preview: Must win game for Pak against Australia

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Published: Monday, October 1, 2012, 16:00 [IST]

Colombo, Oct 1: Australia take on Pakistan in another high intensity tie at R Premadasa Stadium in the Super Eights decider on Tuesday.

Preview: Crunch tie for Pak against Aus

With 4 points from two games, Australia are heading the points table while it's a clash between India, Pakistan and South Africa to make it to the second spot as they battle it out on Tuesday.

Sitting comfortable at No 1, Australia have a net run-rate of +1.712 while Pakistan (-0.426), India (-0.452) and South Africa (-0.605) are playing their last Super Eights clash on Tuesday as the two games decide the Semifinalists as well.

Given the form, Australia start favourites as they have won all the matches so far in the tournament, while Pakistan will be back after their cruising eight-wicket loss to India, as they face a must-win situation in order to stay afloat in the tournament.

With Watson (234) Warner (122) scoring heavily for the team, the opening pair has won many matches for Australia in the tournament so far and would continue to keep up the momentum while the middle-order has also pitched in on many occasions as Mike Hussey and Cameron White have also played well.

Shane Watson has been the most important player for Australia ever since his return as he has been quite consistent with the bat and ball as he has picked 10 wickets in the tournament so far, while MA Starc has claimed 6 wickets in World T20 2012.

On the other hand, Pakistan are struggling as they are highly inconsistent. On a given day, they can definitely win, provided they improve all the areas mainly fielding and batting. They have a balanced team but the unpredictable tag makes them a weaker side.

Top order has been performing well in bits, the onus is on playing consistently, while they need to improve their fielding as well which has been shoddy at times.

The Super Eights decider is a must win game for Pakistan to stay alive in the tournament.

Squads

Australia: George Bailey (captain), 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.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (Captain), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan, Umar Gul, Mohammad Sami, Sohail Tanvir.

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