Pakistan is the only team who have played in all three ICC World twenty20 and they knows how to handle the pressure game but by seeing the form of Australians it’s very hard to believe that Pakistan will make it for the final for the third successive time when they take on the Australians in the 2nd semi final of ICC world twenty20 2010.
Pakistan reached to the semi final with some outstanding performance in their last super eight games against South Africans where they beaten the favorites South Africa by quite a margin. They have to also thank England for helping them out in the last four. However the win for England against New Zealand not only allowed Pakistan to enter the semi final stage but also given them more than a chance to defend their world twenty20 title.
It will be not an easy task for them, since they are playing against one of the team who have not lost a single game in this tournament. At super eight stage, Australians looked unstoppable. They have enter the semi final after beating India, Sri Lanka and West Indies with a quite a good margins.
Given the depth and fire power in his side, Michael Clarke is confident of playing the final at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on May 16. However, Clarke was wary of the defending champions and said they have to be at their best to beat Pakistan on Friday.
Australians looked in spot of bother in two games, one against Bangladesh and in the game against Sri Lanka but their lower orders on each occasion played brilliantly specially M.Hussey to not only allowed them to recover from horrible situation to a match winning one.
There batting looked more dangerous than any team in the tournament with the players like David Warner, Shane Watson, C.White and M.Hussey in their rank. In bowling department Dirk Nannes, S.Tait and M.Johnson given them a great start in every game with the ball and no doubt M.Clark once again will look for similar start from them to leave Pakistan middle order to do plenty of work.
Pakistan bowling looked good but there lack of consistency in batting department put them into trouble on more than one occasions in this tournament. They need to short out their batting problem, if they are looking forward to make it into the Final of world twenty20 for the third successive time.
Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at 21:00 PM India Time)
Pakistan Squad: Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal (WK), Md. Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi (Captain), Misabh-Ul-Haq, Abdur Razzaq, Fawad Alam, Abdur Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Md. Amer.
Australia Squad: S.Watson, D.Warner, M.Clark (Captain & WK), D.Hussey, C. White, M.Hussey, B.Haddin (WK), S.Smith, M.Johnson, S.Tait, D.Nannes.