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Pak can win if top order fires: Miandad

cricket Updated: Jun 20, 2009 16:21 IST

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Pakistan's former Test captain Javed Miandad believes Younis Khan's player can win the Twenty20 World Cup final if the top order batsmen fire against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

"I still say T20 cricket is very unpredictable and it is difficult to predict a winner. But from what I have seen those teams do well whose top three or four batsmen score big runs," said Miandad, a veteran of 124 Tests said.

Miandad, who is not a big fan of T20 cricket, said Pakistan had done well to promote Shahid Afridi up the order to give him a chance to have a proper bat.

"I have worked with Afridi as the national team coach in the past and he has always delivered his best as a batsman when batting higher up the order. He has immense talent and is a proper match winner," Miandad said.

He pointed out that the top order must take responsibility for giving the team a good start in the final.

"Sri Lanka is a very good side and unbeaten in the tournament. They have been given great starts by Tillekaratne Dilshan who has been their biggest plus point," he said.

The former captain was confident that Pakistani batsmen could tackle the Sri Lankan spin duo of Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan with confidence.