Pakistan face tournament favourites Australia in their do-or-die fixture in the Super Eights of the T20 World Cup 2012 at Colombo, as Mohammad Hafeez's men look to regroup after the humiliating defeat to arch-rivals India in the previous game.
Where to Watch Live
The game starts at 11 am BST. Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sport 1 HD will broadcast the match in the UK. ESPN will stream the match live in selected countries on its official website.
The Aussies are brimming with confidence after two comprehensive wins over India and South Africa, in their last two Super Eights games, and are currently the best-placed team in the group. George Bailey's side enjoy a healthy net run-rate of +1.7, and for them to go out, both Pakistan and India (who face South Africa) will have to win their matches by around 40 runs (considering both bat first and score close to 160).
Pakistan, on the other hand, came up with a spectacular late show to win their first Super Eights game against South Africa, but suffered a complete change of fortunes in their second game against India, where they lost by eight wickets and looked second-best in all three departments. Hafeez's side are only just ahead of India in terms of net run-rate (-0.42 and -0.45) and they will not guarantee a spot in the final even if they beat Australia, as they will have to hope that India do not beat South Africa by a better margin.
Australia: Bailey has no injury or fitness worries, and after outperforming South Africa in the last game, he should field the same line-up.
Pakistan: Hafeez, who have five spinners in his usual XI, might not deploy youngster Raza Hasan against Australia. Pacer Mohammad Sami or the tricky Sohail Tanvir could get a look-in.
Pitch and Conditions
There was some rain in Colombo the day before. The forecast for the day is partly cloudy weather.
Australia: Warner, Watson, Hussey, White, Bailey (c), Maxwell, Wade (wk), Hogg, Cummins, Starc, Doherty
Pakistan: Hafeez (c), Nazir, Jamshed, K Akmal (wk), Malik, U Akmal, Afridi, Gul, Arafat, Ajmal, Tanvir