Pakistan after superb start to their world twenty20 title defense in their first game will now meet a team Australia who has struggled to get going so far in previous two ICC world twenty20 will look to improve their records.
In the first two events at ICC world twenty20, they have always lost their first game in the tournament, in 2007 they have beaten by Zimbabwe and in 2009 world cup they have beaten by West Indies side and exited early in the first round.
In 2010, they have begin their tour with the loss to Zimbabwe in their warm-up game at St. Lucia the same venue where they will clash with Pakistan in the most important encounter. Zimbabwe has also beaten Pakistan in the warm-up game but they recovered well after the loss and when it matters they have cam hard against Bangladesh in their first game to register 21 runs victory.
For the first time, Michael Clark will lead the side in major ICC event, there are quite of new faces in the Australia lineup. The players like David Warner, Shane Watson, Cameron White, David Hussey, S.Smith, Dirk Nannes and S.Tait are few big names of twenty20.
So Australia will look forward to at least win their first game and make it to the super 8’s stage since they don’t want early exit from successive world twenty20.
With slow and turning Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia another great encounter on the card. Pakistan has upper hand when it comes to spin with Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi in their rank along with Md. Hafeez and Fawad Alam.
Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at 23:00 PM India Time)
Pakistan Squad: Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal (WK), Md. Hafeez, Shahid Afridi (Captain), Umar Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Aamer, Saeed Ajmal.
Australia Squad: Shane Watson, David Warner, Michael Clarke (Captain), David Hussey, Cameron White, Brad Haddin (WK), Michael Hussey, Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Dirk Nannes, Shaun Tait.