Semi-Final Places At Stake

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Shane Watson is the leading runscorer and wicket-taker at the World Twenty20. Source: AFP/
Australia is virtually assured of reaching the World Twenty20 semi-finals, but the three other sides in Group 2 will be battling to join them in the last four when the final Super Eights matches take place on Tuesday night. Pakistan  tackles the unbeaten Aussies  needing a win to have any realistic chance of reaching the semi-finals of the event for the fourth time in as many renewals, while the winner of the match between India  and South Africa  will be well placed to advance.

Despite losing a three game Twenty20 series against Pakistan in the weeks leading up to this tournament, Australia takes on Pakistan full of confidence having won all four of their matches in Sri Lanka. The opening partnership  of Shane Watson  and David Warner  has been irrepressible for Australia, getting the team off to a good start with a stand of 30 or more in three of their past four matches. With that pair playing so well, the likes of Cameron White  and George Bailey  may be pushed up the order to get some match practice before the knockout stages. Xavier Doherty  should retain his place in the side having collected three wickets in his first outing at the tournament against South Africa.

After winning their opening three matches, Pakistan stands on the brink of elimination following a heavy defeat to India in their most recent match. The batting failed to click in that match, with the side bowled out for just 128 but there aren’t likely to be any changes to the team following that result. Slow left arm orthodox bowler Raza Hasan  should retain his place on the slow Colombo wicket after bowling well against India.

South Africa could drop struggling opening batsman Richard Levi for their crunch game against India, with Faf du Plessis a likely replacement having done well at the top of the order in the Indian Premier League. India is likely to retain the same side that fared so well against Pakistan.

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