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2016-03-18 05:18:21

An emphatic win: Can Pakistan lift T20 world cup?

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Pakistan’s batting line-up, which had misfired frequently in recent matches, finally came together in their first match of the World T20 2016 to overpower Bangladesh by 55 runs. Fifties from Ahmed Shehzad and Mohammad Hafeez, and Shahid Afridi’s 19-ball 49 propelled Pakistan to 201 for 5, a total which proved too steep for a side that had beaten them in their last two T20I encounters. This was only the second time Pakistan scored more than 200 in a T20 international, and the previous instance – in April 2008 – was also against Bangladesh. A facile win over the even more troubled Sri Lanka in the warm-up game on March 15, would have lifted the morale of the team yet the challenge Pakistan face is a tough one. Bangladesh enjoy a psychological grip over Pakistan on the back of their winning streak against the national team in the past year, while the test that India, Australia and New Zealand will pose will be no less daunting. The leadership is also worried as Shahid Afridi has, of late, made the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The captain struggled to lead from the front in Asia Cup and the over-the-top reaction to his pro-India statement in Kolkata is likely to dampen his mood further. The World Twenty20 is the swansong of his chequered two-decade-long international career. Afridi would want to exit on a high. Can he at long last get the ‘happy ending’ he has been dreaming of? On paper, this looks to be a daunting task, but never say never when it is Pakistan and Afridi you are talking about.

 

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