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Pakistan are playing against Shane Watson on Tuesday night. Sorry! Pakistan are playing against Australia in their final World Twenty20 Super Eight game at the Premadasa. Pakistan need to beat Watson to make it to the semis. No! Pakistan need to beat Australia to make it to the last four.
Actually, the way Shane Watson is playing at the moment, it seems you are playing Australia less and him more. With the bat, and the ball, 'Watto' is doing it all! The man is dominating this edition of the World T20 like no one else ever has.
At the time of writing, Watson has scored the maximum runs (23, at an average of 78.00) and taken the most number of wickets (email@example.com) in the tournament. He has smashed 15 sixes so far, the highest tally, in a field that includes the likes of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum.
In four games, he has bagged four Man of the Match awards. In a way, India should rest easy that Pakistan now have to tussle with this 'gentle giant' in an attempt to stay alive in the tournament.
It won't be easy. Pakistan are just coming after suffering a thrashing at the hands of arch-rivals India, so their morale is at an all-time low. The batting looked good in the league stage but seems to have completely fallen apart in the Super Eights. Maybe they are missing the calming influence of their Test and ODI skipper Misbah-ul Haq, who has been dropped for this event.
Tailender Umar Gul bailed them out of jail against South Africa, but the way they batted against India, folding up for 128, was inexplicable. Almost the same attack had been blown to bits by Watson and David Warner on Friday night. The deadly opening duo will again be the biggest threat for Pakistan.
The last time they batted together against this attack, they smashed 11 sixes as Australia, hurting immensely after being ranked below Ireland in the ICC T20 ratings, blasted Pakistan out by 94 runs in the final game of a three-match series that finished 1-1, with one game tied.
But in a do-or-die situation, if there is one team you would back to come out on top, it is Pakistan. The same team which churned out rubbish on Sunday night can show some magic on Tuesday. Plus, in Saeed Ajmal, Pakistan have a spinner the Aussies are yet to figure out. Sadly, Pakistan's pace bowling has declined.