World Twenty20 2012 live: Pakistan Vs Bangladesh to decide super 8′s last entry
T20 World Cup moves into the last group match of the tournament as formidable Pakistan takes on upbeat Bangladesh today. Bangladesh will need a big win to qualify for the super 8 matches of the world cup. This edition of World T20 will move into super 8 stages in two days after being marred by showers which resulted in shortened cricket matches, but not less action on the cricket field.
Pakistan started on a high in the practice matches of the World Cup T20 by defeating arch rivals India convincingly, but lost to England in their second practice game in a low scoring affair. Pakistan defeated New Zealand in their opening match of the world cup by 13 runs.
Bangladesh need a victory by more than 36 runs to finish with a higher net run-rate than Pakistan. In the incident of Bangladesh defeating Pakistan by 36 runs, the side will be through to super 8 matches of the World Twenty20 by definition of winning the head-to-head contest. If Bangladesh is chasing a total then the side has to score at a run-rate of 10 or more.
Bangladeshi captain, Mushfiqur Rahim put a brave face at the pre-match press talk and said, “It is difficult but not an impossible task. Pakistan are good but not unbeatable. If we play our best cricket tomorrow, if everyone puts their hands up and shows guts anything is possible.”
Pakistani team will be banking on the expertise of off-spinner, Saeed Ajmal to gift them a place in the super 8 stage of the T20 World Cup. Saqlain Mushtaq, a former Pakistani off-spinner is travelling with Bangladesh, training them to read Ajmal, Hafeez and Afridi. Bangladesh is not new in creating upsets as it has defeated India, Pakistan and many top teams in different editions of the world cup. With the super 8 stage closing in, will this be match that will create an upset victory in this World Twenty20?
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