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The comeback would have bolstered Pak
Inzamam-ul Haq, Hindustan Times
October 04, 2012
First Published: 00:15 IST(4/10/2012)
Last Updated: 00:19 IST(4/10/2012)

After watching Pakistan make the semifinals of the World T20, memories of the 1992 and 1999 World Cups rush to the mind.

In 1992, Pakistan were on the verge of being eliminated, but came from behind and won the Cup. In 1999, Steve Waugh's Australia were in a similar situation but turned around in the do-or-die match against South Africa and went on to win the World Cup.

The reason for recalling these instances is to drive home the point that a team which turns around gets the mental boost to cross the finishing line ahead of the others.

Captain Hafeez was right in winning the toss and deciding to bat first against Australia because he didn't want to expose his batters to a run chase in a perform-or-perish situation.

It will be different against Sri Lanka. The hosts have won all the matches so far and are high on confidence. More so, they are good players of spin, so how Hafeez handles his bowling, loaded with spinners, will be interesting. Pakistan will look to get Jayawardene, Sangakkara and Dilshan out cheaply.

If the conditions stay normal and Hafeez wins the toss, he should bat first. They have the bowlers to defend a small total rather than their batters chasing down a big target.

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The writer is ex-Pakistan captain

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t20 fixtures

Match Date Time Teams
1st 19/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST AUS vs IRE
2nd 19/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs IND
3rd 20/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST SA vs ZIM
4th 21/09/2012 10:00 GMT | 15:30 IST NZ vs BAN
5th 21/09/2012 14:00 GMT | 19:30 IST AFG vs ENG

t20 standings

Chennai Super Kings 4 2 2 0 0 -0.049 8
Sri Lanka 3 3 0 0 0 +0.998 6
Kolkata Knight Riders 4 1 2 0 1 +0.488 6
Perth Scorchers 4 1 2 0 1 -0.474 6
Auckland Aces 4 1 2 0 1 -0.963 6
Australia 3 2 1 0 0 +0.464 4
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