Pakistan have been pitted in the so-called ‘group of death’ in the Super 8 stage of the World Twenty20 currently underway in Sri Lanka.
The 2009 champions play their first match of the Super Eights against a strong South African team before taking on neighbours and 2007 champions India on Sunday and then finally, they play Australia, whom they recently defeated in a T20 series in Dubai.
While Pakistan have been undefeated so far and have managed to win with relative ease, this may change in the lead up to the semi-finals.
In their opening match of the tournament, Pakistan overcame New Zealand by 13 runs despite poor bowling by the pace attack. Saeed Ajmal’s heroics saved Pakistan from losing against a fighting New Zealand side. While against Bangladesh, the Pakistani bowling was taken apart in emphatic manner, only for the batting to respond strongly and take the team through to the next stage.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has said the pace department is a worry but has backed them to come good in the Super Eights.
Pakistan face a tough challenge in order to book a semi-final berth but have been touted as favourites by some experts of the game.
Will they be able to overcome their weakness in the pace bowling and fielding departments to beat the likes of South Africa, India and Australia?
How will Pakistani batsmen fare against the strong pace attack of South Africa and Australia and the Indian spinners?
Will Pakistan win all three of their Super Eight matches?
Do you think Pakistan can qualify for the semi-finals?
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