And finally Pakistan makes it to the semi final of the ICC T20I World Cup being played at Colombo Sri Lanka. Pakistan playing its crucial match against australia almost dimmed Australia's chances of playing semi final when it defeated Australia by a huge margin of 32 runs and merely allowing 5 runs to the Kangaroos ahead of the qualifying 112 runs.
Besides this victory, Pakistan also need luck at the outcome of the India-South Africa match. South Africa needed to win over India at least with 32 runs and had the target set for 121. And South Africans playing for the pride, as they had already been out of the tournament, made the Indians sweat and lost only by one run. What a superb resilience the South Africans showed against the Indians.
Now Thursday afternoon today, Pakistan faces the Islanders and the hosts Sri Lanka in the first semi final of the T20I World Cup. Sri Lanka are the tournament's favourites, but if Pakistan's batsmen keep their wits about they have the power to turn the tables against the hosts. We all need to be glued to the TVs to watch this interesting semi this afternoon.
The likely opposing squads are as under:
DPMD Jayawardene*, AD Mathews, LD Chandimal†, A Dananjaya, TM Dilshan, RMS Eranga, HMRKB Herath, KMDN Kulasekara, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis, BMAJ Mendis, EMDY Munaweera, NLTC Perera, KC Sangakkara†, HDRL Thirimanne
Mohammad Hafeez*, Abdul Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal†, Mohammad Sami, Nasir Jamshed, Raza Hasan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat
The match is scheduled for Thursday, 4 October 2012 at 13:30 GMT at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.
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