ICC World Twenty20: Australia vs Pakistan, Match 26 – Players to watch out for
Pakistan have struggled with the bat in their last two games and their middle order needs to get a new lease of life.
New Delhi: Australia will fancy their chances when they lock horns with a struggling Pakistan side whose hopes hangs by a thread in the ICC World Twenty20 on Friday in Mohali.
The Super 10, Group 2 clash promises an intense tie as both teams will look to get two crucial points and stay in contention for qualification.
Pakistan have struggled with the bat in their last two games and their middle order needs to get a new lease of life and come good against Australian bowlers. Moreover their bowlers will also have to be on top of their game and dictate the conditions well.
Meanwhile, Australia will look to take the positives from their performances against Bangladesh and make them count against Shahid Afridi's side. A win for the Aussies will oust Pakistan and it will be a decider against India for them on Sunday.
Ahead of this important clash, let's look at the players to watch out for who can go on and make a difference.
Steve Smith (Australia): The Aussie skipper hasn't really set the T20 format on fire this year. His scores of 6 and 14 in a vital No. 3 position is a sign of worry. Against Pakistan, in this crucial must-win game, the Australian camp will look to for a solid performance from their leader in order to get their campaign continue on a winning run after victory against Bangladesh.
Usman Khawaja (Australia): The Australian opening batsman has been in solid touch with the bat over quite some time now and he made the difference for his side against Bangladesh. He also looked good against New Zealand despite the loss and therefore his contribution upfront is vital for the Aussies. Khawaja will look to give a good start to his side and score quickly.
Mohammad Sami (Pakistan): The veteran fast bowler's role is so vital for Pakistan especially given his solid outings in the last two games. Sami has looked positive and impressed with his ability to pick wickets. When the others failed against New Zealand, Sami was the stand out person and Pakistan need him to put in a similar show against mighty Aussies.
Shahid Afridi (Pakistan): Afridi's presence becomes huge in this gigantic clash and it could also be his last international match. Therefore the occasion is a big one as Afridi will want to go out on a high. Afridi's contribution with both bat and ball could hurt the Aussies. Although his performance was mixed against the Kiwis, Afridi will be eager to get himself back on top.