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Pak take on Oz in do-or-die match

Pak take on Oz in do-or-die match
Thrashed 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 when they take on a rampaging Australia in World Twenty20 on Tuesday.

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 on Sunday.

Aware that one more defeat will ensure their exit from the tournament if India manage to beat South Africa later in the evening tomorrow, 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 2 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 net run-rate, beat Australia, India must win comprehensively against South Africa in order to make it to the last four.
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