Australia vs Pakistan Live Streaming: Aus invite Pakistan to bat
Australia vs Pakistan Live Streaming: Australian captain George Bailey won the toss and elected to bowl first against Mohammed Hafeez led Pakistan team in their last Twenty20 World Cup Super Eight match at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday.
Australia is fielding unchanged side, while Pakistan has made two changes.
Annihilated by India in their second Super Eight match, an inconsistent Pakistan are faced with a do-or-die situation and need nothing less than a big win against rampaging Australia.
Pakistan will have to pick up the pieces from their all-round failure against the arch-rivals and come up with an inspired performance against the unbeaten Australian side, which has been almost assured a semifinal berth with a commanding eight-wicket victory over South Africa in their last game yesterday.
Aware that one more defeat will ensure their exit from the tournament if India manage to beat South Africa later in the evening today, Pakistan, after a win and a loss, have to clinch it against Australia to have any chance of making the semifinals.
The fight for the second semi-final slot from Group 1 is indeed intriguingly poised as both India and Pakistan have a fair chance of making the cut with the Aussies enjoying a healthy run-rate of +1.712.
In case Pakistan (-0.426), who are shade ahead of India (-0.452) in terms of net run-rate happen to win against Australia, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men will then have to win comprehensively against the South Africans in order to make it to the last four.
If Mohammad Hafeez's men lose, then everything will boil down to the high-octane clash between India and SA. A win against the Proteas will be good enough for them to march into the last-four stage.
Even in case of a defeat, India should ensure that they don't lose by a big margin.
South Africa have lost both their matches in contrasting manner - a close defeat against Pakistan and a comprehensive one against Australia.
Even if they win, it would be an unlikely pproposition for the A B de Villiers' side to seal the semifinal berth as their inferior run-rate (-0.605) at this stage of the tournament makes their case weak.