Pak­istan plot Aussies’ World Cup down­fall

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

PAK­ISTAN coach Waqar You­nis says vic­tory over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia would give his team enor­mous con­fi­dence head­ing into their World Cup quar­ter-fi­nal.

The 1992 cham­pi­ons eased into the last eight with a com­fort­able seven-wicket win over Zim­babwe on Mon­day and play their last group match against Aus­tralia, who are on an un­beaten 33-match streak in the World Cup, on Satur­day.

Waqar said vic­tory over Ricky Ponting’s men in Colombo would serve a dual pur­pose.

‘‘ They are such a big team, world champs, and haven’t lost for ages,’’ said Waqar of Aus­tralia, whose last World Cup de­feat came at the hands of Pak­istan in the 1999 World Cup.

He said top­ping Group A would mean play­ing the num­ber four team in Group B ‘‘ whose morale would be down, but for me the big­ger thing is the mo­men- tum.’’ Pak­istan, with eight points from five matches, are sec­ond in Group A, be­hind New Zealand on net run-rate. Sri Lanka and Aus­tralia have also reached the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Pak­istan re­stricted Zim­babwe to 151-7 be­fore rain cur­tailed Zim­babwe’s in­nings. Set a re­vised tar­get of 162 in 38 overs, Pak­istan won on the back of an un­de­feated 78 by Asad Shafiq.

Waqar said Pak­istan must carry on win­ning.

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