Australia v Pakistan, 2nd semi-final, St Lucia May 13, 2010

Clarke wary of Pakistan threat

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Michael Clarke knows Australia's dominance at the World Twenty20 will count for nothing if they don't continue that form in the knockout stages starting with a semi-final against Pakistan.

Australia have been the standout team at this year's tournament, maintaining an unbeaten record with their aggressive brand of cricket built around a fearsome pace attack. Despite twice having serious batting slumps - against Bangladesh they were 65 for 6 and against Sri Lanka slipped to 67 for 5 - they have found a clutch of matchwinners throughout the line up. The semi-final berth was secured with a powerful six-wicket victory against West Indies where legspinner Steven Smith claimed 3 for 20.

On paper the semi-final shouldn't be a contest; the ultra professionalism and depth of Australia against the mercurial talents of Pakistan that have only come together once, against South Africa, at this tournament and they lost heavily in the group match between the two. However, with Twenty20 narrowing the margins of error, and Pakistan's ability to rise in must-win matches, they remain a serious threat and Clarke is well aware of the challenge they pose.

"Pakistan are a very strong team in any form of the game but especially T20 and they've shown that to make the semi finals once again," he said. "We take momentum from every win we've had but they'll come out with a lot to prove on a wicket that will probably suit them a little more than Barbados.

"It's important we look at what's in front of us and not too far ahead. Pakistan have a lot of matchwinners. We need to really focus on the opposition and we go from there. We are thrilled to be in the semi-finals but we didn't come here to make the semi-finals."

Prior to this tournament Australia hadn't managed to replicate their dominance of Test and one-day cricket on the Twenty20 arena. They reached the semi-final of the inaugural event in South Africa before losing to India, but also suffered an embarrassing loss against Zimbabwe which led Ricky Ponting to admit they hadn't taken the game seriously enough. In England last year they crashed out in the first round after heavy defeats to West Indies and Sri Lanka leaving the hierarchy aware that something had to be done.

"No doubt it has motivated every player, not just in this tournament but through the last 12 months," Clarke, who replaced Ponting as Twenty20 captain, said. "We've certainly improved and have worked very hard to get into this position. But what we've done now is irrelevant, we need to beat Pakistan."

The key part to Australia's success has been their pace attack of Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes and Mitchell Johnson which has proved too strong for the opposition especially on the quick pitches in Barbados.

Elsewhere David Hussey, David Warner and Cameron White have shown their striking power while Mike Hussey has proved a revelation coming in at No. 7. Clarke has had the least impact of the players selected in the final XI, but while the runs haven't flowed he has begun moulding Australia's most powerful unit in this format.

"We are all learning the more opportunities we get," he said. "But as I've said from the start I think this is a wonderful squad. We've got guys who haven't had the chance in the middle but they still turn up and train every day and work their backsides off. Then there's the XI on the field that bust their backsides not only for themselves but also for the support staff, the supporters from Australia and the people at home who have doubted us in this format.

"Everyone has performed well in at least one of the games. Our fielding has been outstanding and is a huge part of Australian cricket in any form of the game, that's probably the most satisfying for me."

When Clarke spoke the identity of the first finalists was still unclear, but that is now confirmed as England. It throws up the prospect of an intriguing pre-Ashes encounter and, after some reluctance, the Australian captain said what most people wanted him to.

"I'd look forward to that. If we beat Pakistan and meet England in the final I think it would be a good start to what will be a very good and interesting summer back in Australia with the Ashes. But for me right now I've got both eyes on Pakistan."

Andrew McGlashan is assistant editor of Cricinfo

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  • ArishaG on May 14, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    That is what turns me off when it comes to ENDLAND/ASUTRALIA possibel encounter......always about the Ashes.

  • cricketfanofthe80s on May 14, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    I do not know about Pakistan but Mr.Clarke please be wary of your position in the team. How does he fit into the T20 team, with a strike rate of 70 and has not scored more than 25 in a single match. Very soon clarke will be out, the best replacement will be Mike Hussey and they should draft Shaun Marsh intot he team.....

  • on May 14, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Pakistan may look quite weak on paper when comparing them with Australia...but its a game of cricket and that too T20...so wait for the final scoreline and who knows that most cricket pundits are surprised by an outstanding performance by Pakistan...Miracles do happen....:-) especially with the pakistani nation...

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on May 14, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    I do agree with Mr. Clarke. Pakistan should never be under-estimated as they have are habitual of doing miracles since ages. They react surprisingly when they are challenged and faced to the wall. They are most incredible team in the world as far as their performance is concerned. In a match they will easily lose to a weaker team but in the next they throw down mighty warriors. They are the most dangerous team as you can never plan against them. They are the iconoclast!!!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    It only takes one brilliant performance in T20 to win a match. I think Pakistan's chances to beat Australia are best in T20 format as compared to 50 over or Test Cricket

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I think Pakistan just need to be at the top of their game. They have got match winners both in bowling and batting. They just need to field well, take all the possible catches and it could easily be a repeat of SA vs Pak match. They won that match fair and square, outperforming one of the most consistent teams in T20. The match with NZ was also well balanced and they lost in a good contest so they didnt just qualify to semi finals on the basis on OTHER" team's RESULTS. The point is that i as a pakistani, wants to see a good cricket match where both teams perform to their best and let the better team win. For that, pakistan needs to show ultra professionalism because this is something where aussies dont lack.

  • A_Sekar on May 14, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    England v Australia final would be truly great. Although Australia look invincible, England have shown their best form for quite some time now. An England win in such an encounter is a distinct possiblility. All this is of course presuming Australia will beat Pakistan. Pakistan is playing like they did in 1992 World cup. They came from virtually nowhere to win the finals, where they beat England. Pakistan is the most unpredictable, yet the most dangerous team on their day. Two good days for them and they will retain the 20-20 cup and leave something for the Asians to cherish. Australian win would not be a surprise. But either England or Pakistan win is truly good for the game.

  • mnq1983 on May 14, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    PAK will beat Aus and Eng. This trophy is going back to ASIA.:)

  • AP-XI on May 14, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Folks, every Pakistani should accept that Australia is stepping in as favorites in this semi-final. But does this mean that we should neglect the situation Pakistan team was in last years T-20 world cup semi-final? Werent Proteas favorite back then? It is a fact that that whichever teams perform well on the day, wins. Specially in 20-20 format. So, behold Aussies and underestimate not the potential and exceptional talent of Pakistani players. May the best win !!

  • on May 14, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    With pakistan's ability to win the crucial matches.....i think the game should be 50:50 in ratio for both the teams

  • ArishaG on May 14, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    That is what turns me off when it comes to ENDLAND/ASUTRALIA possibel encounter......always about the Ashes.

  • cricketfanofthe80s on May 14, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    I do not know about Pakistan but Mr.Clarke please be wary of your position in the team. How does he fit into the T20 team, with a strike rate of 70 and has not scored more than 25 in a single match. Very soon clarke will be out, the best replacement will be Mike Hussey and they should draft Shaun Marsh intot he team.....

  • on May 14, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Pakistan may look quite weak on paper when comparing them with Australia...but its a game of cricket and that too T20...so wait for the final scoreline and who knows that most cricket pundits are surprised by an outstanding performance by Pakistan...Miracles do happen....:-) especially with the pakistani nation...

  • ShahzanHaiderBukhari on May 14, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    I do agree with Mr. Clarke. Pakistan should never be under-estimated as they have are habitual of doing miracles since ages. They react surprisingly when they are challenged and faced to the wall. They are most incredible team in the world as far as their performance is concerned. In a match they will easily lose to a weaker team but in the next they throw down mighty warriors. They are the most dangerous team as you can never plan against them. They are the iconoclast!!!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    It only takes one brilliant performance in T20 to win a match. I think Pakistan's chances to beat Australia are best in T20 format as compared to 50 over or Test Cricket

  • on May 14, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    I think Pakistan just need to be at the top of their game. They have got match winners both in bowling and batting. They just need to field well, take all the possible catches and it could easily be a repeat of SA vs Pak match. They won that match fair and square, outperforming one of the most consistent teams in T20. The match with NZ was also well balanced and they lost in a good contest so they didnt just qualify to semi finals on the basis on OTHER" team's RESULTS. The point is that i as a pakistani, wants to see a good cricket match where both teams perform to their best and let the better team win. For that, pakistan needs to show ultra professionalism because this is something where aussies dont lack.

  • A_Sekar on May 14, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    England v Australia final would be truly great. Although Australia look invincible, England have shown their best form for quite some time now. An England win in such an encounter is a distinct possiblility. All this is of course presuming Australia will beat Pakistan. Pakistan is playing like they did in 1992 World cup. They came from virtually nowhere to win the finals, where they beat England. Pakistan is the most unpredictable, yet the most dangerous team on their day. Two good days for them and they will retain the 20-20 cup and leave something for the Asians to cherish. Australian win would not be a surprise. But either England or Pakistan win is truly good for the game.

  • mnq1983 on May 14, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    PAK will beat Aus and Eng. This trophy is going back to ASIA.:)

  • AP-XI on May 14, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Folks, every Pakistani should accept that Australia is stepping in as favorites in this semi-final. But does this mean that we should neglect the situation Pakistan team was in last years T-20 world cup semi-final? Werent Proteas favorite back then? It is a fact that that whichever teams perform well on the day, wins. Specially in 20-20 format. So, behold Aussies and underestimate not the potential and exceptional talent of Pakistani players. May the best win !!

  • on May 14, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    With pakistan's ability to win the crucial matches.....i think the game should be 50:50 in ratio for both the teams

  • on May 14, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    I think if there is any team that can bean Aus in any ground and any format, that is Pakistan. First few good overs, couple of early wickets, it will get Pak going and they have good finishers. all the best to Pakistan.

  • badaryousuf on May 14, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Mr. Clarke.. its good that you are wary of the team that is going to beat you today.. Although you have not lost a match in this tournament but today's will the be first match you loose.

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    If Whiteor hussey can play like Kevin Peterson did, you will win.

  • SMUS on May 14, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    On paper there is no one doubt that Aus is stronger team but do not forget 1992 world cup. Pakistan hardly made semi final but once they started no one could stop them. Pakistani team is capable of repeating that again in WI. I have full faith that today they will stand up and beat Australia. and England in final.

  • on May 14, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    i would love that Pakistan win today but its nearly impossible. Aussies have played fantastically during this tournament, and they deserve to be the finalists... i just hope that today's semi final turns out to be good closely-contested match unlike the first semi final.

  • on May 14, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Pakistan is more than capable of stunning any opposition(including Aussies);but for that they should force themselves out of the trouble they are in at present.The middle order excluding Umar Akmal has not fired as yet and against Aussies the bottom line is crystal clear,i.e,"you should play your best cricket".Though Pakistan has an upper hand due to their quality spin,yet they must post a total of at least 160 to challenge the resilient batting of Australia. As regards to Aussies,their fast bowling is will be a touch difficult for Pakistan to engulf so is there brilliant batting. Let's hope for a good contest between bat and ball.

  • softera on May 14, 2010, 10:00 GMT

    T20 is a very harsh game. Remember Pakistan lost to New zealand only by the margine of 1 run ad I won't say Pakistan was defeated. It is just on papers. Aussies, Pakistanies these both team are big match teams and when Pakistan comes into such a big match they always give their 100%. So Australia you have to be very careful against Amir furious attack, Ajmal's Doosra and Afridi's 130 Kmph spin bowling .... Remeber with 5 meter runup only Afridi can produce 130 K spin bowling and Afridi is a big match player. Always remeber last T20 Semi final and Final what afridi did with ball and bat .....

  • on May 14, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    @knowledge eater please go and spread you anti pakistan rhetoric elsewhere where people have no understanding of cricket. after sri,aus and eng, pakistan was the best performer sri lanka had 2 wins in the super eights, while england and australia have 3, so no doubt sri, aus and eng deserve to be in the semis. pakistan, west indies,south africa and new zealand all had one win each in the super eights. they all lost 2 matches but pakistan's margin of defeats were smaller compared to the other 3, which means we gave a better fight than saf,nz,wind in the matches we lost(by 1 run to nz and with 3 balls remaining against england). so i dont see how you can say pakistan doesnt deserve to be in the semis unless your a scorned indian fan who cant quite digest the fact that india has now lost 6 consecutive super 8 matches while pakistan has made the finals twice and semis three time in a row.

  • softera on May 14, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    T20 is a very harsh game. Remember Pakistan lost to New zealand only by the margine of 1 run ad I won't say Pakistan was defeated. It is just on papers. Aussies, Pakistanies these both team are big match teams and when Pakistan comes into such a big match they always give their 100%. So Australia you have to be very careful against Amir furious attack, Ajmal's Doosra and Afridi's 130 Kmph spin bowling .... Remeber with 5 meter runup only Afridi can produce 130 K spin bowling and Afridi is a big match player. Always remeber last T20 Semi final and Final what afridi did with ball and bat .....

  • rahul_studd on May 14, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    i think aussie will win 20/20 because of their allround performance in batting,bowling and fielding.

  • on May 14, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    well ....when our ppl wud get sm knowledge about cricket well if u take the video in which clarke said about dangerous pakistna...and said casually ''very tough''....u ll note that he was smiling at tht moment with ravi shastri as they both know what sort of team pakist would opt out at the day and clarke also would b very happy internally for playin semi final with PAK...as pakistan can be the worst team on the day. he is just playin psychological game with us and we should be aware of that

    bt lets hope pakistan will be better team today.

    so TK CARE!!!

  • pakistanforever on May 14, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Dear Knowledge_eater, i can understand your disgust at pakistan reaching the semi-final once again, but please do not be so unfair as to say that they dont deserve to be here. i think it is time that all of u realized that pakistan are not as inconsistent as the world thinks ; rather, they just lift themselves to perform in the games that matter. Do u realize that pakistan is the ONLY team to have reached the semi-finals of ALL major ICC tournaments after the 2007 world cup ?! let me refresh your memory : 2007 t20 wc ( finalists ) 2009 t20 wc ( champions) , 2009 ICC champions trophy (semi-finalists) and 2010 t20 wc (semi-finalists to date ). So please accept the fact that pakistan has in the recent past been the most consistent of the lot when it comes to performing in major tournaments. So YEAH, we DO deserve to be here, probably more than any other team !

  • on May 14, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    i think australia has shown alot of depth bohpth in balling and batting this is virtualya strol in the pack for them..

  • UsamaAJ on May 14, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Pakistan have been utterly unconvincing throughout the tournament..they have only played good in patches..if Pakistan get all three aspects of the game together today..they do have a chance..a bright one.

  • mayurv on May 14, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Clarke, you should be worry of Pakistan threat! Because today they will show no mercy on you and will square off the defeat they faced against you. So, be ready to be eliminated from the Semis and start Packing off your bags now!

  • on May 14, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Knowledge Eater - we beat South Africa comprehensively and only just lost to New Zealand which gave us a better run rate than the others. For these viable reasons, we made it into the semis.

  • bergman on May 14, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Pakistan has always proved and gave whatever the situation demands on such pressure games. so Australia are not the favorites alone to win the title we have an equal chance to prove our skills n i think every one know how much capable Pakistani team are. !!!

  • PGW81 on May 14, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    On paper this is an interestin tussle. I feel that Smith should not pose too much of a concern to the Pakistanis who are very good players of spin. The key would be the fielding and how the openers fare against the very strong triumvirate of Johnson/Nannes/Tait. Nannes and Tait bowling thunderbolts in tandem is bound to lead to a degree of discomfort to the batsmen. But a good strategy would be to go after Tait and try dirupting the bowler's rhythm. With the natural left armer's angle Nannes and Johnson can pose a lot of problems. Watson as a bowler is not such a major concern as Watson the batsman. It will boil down to the team that raises its game when the occassion demands and hold its nerve under intense pressure. The stakes are high and the teams would do well to play collectively as an unit. I hope to witness a closely fought semifinal and not a lousy one-sided affair. MAY THE BETTER TEAM WIN.

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    If WI and NZ were better why they are out you are in state of denial.

  • joji_1 on May 14, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    @ Knowledge Eater im sorry but i dont agree with you . NZ lost there 2 matches in super eight and they won the only match by 1 run. same is teh case with WI. they have not been consistent at all and their captain also confessed it . im surprised wat made u call them the kmost consistent teams. As far as pakistan is concerned. dude they put up a very good show against SA and that match mattered the most .

    Australia is the best side in the tournament so far but you should not be surprised if they are beaten by pakistan cause pakistan is also an amazing team . they just have been rusty in the tournament till heir last match. so if they play like tiger and make it to finals . dont be surprised but just think OH they are back in form at the most right time.

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    Since Younis khan dropped the kiwi player catch in champions trophy semi final, the biggest problem with Pakistani team is fielding. If Pakisan only manage to not drop catches then everybody should realize that Pakistan has bowled out half of the Australian team in single over with out giving a single run.

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    This is my game. Go on Paki !!! We will win.

  • on May 14, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Hi Deenesh, I'm not sure that England deserve it. They haven't exactly been lighting the ground on fire with their performances in the super 8's and it's frankly amazing that they got into the super 8's after not winning a single game in the initial group matches. But in either case it would be a superb final if Australia can get through against Pakistan tonight.

  • on May 14, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    in this game theres only one thing to be done england players need to help pakistanis win so that they can win the cup for themselves

    because if aussies come to the final it'll be another stream roller match where the opposition is going to be a sitting duck

  • on May 14, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    as the nation has been praying, so the world can understand why the Aussies' captain is wary of the cornered tiger's threat.... come on boys.... the Aussies are also the humans..... they can be beaten.

  • on May 14, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    Yeah we Pakistanis r very lucky in this event.... But i know that when it comes hard on our team.. our team shows some extra passion and it can beat any team in ths world.. As v r the DEFENDINGS CHAMPS... Good luck for Pak And also to Aussies....V will c England in finals... InshaALLAH..

  • on May 14, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    @eater.there is No deservance. Play better game and you are through to the next stage. Whoever played better today, will play on 16. England chased Pakistan's score when only 3 balls were left in the game. NZ won only by aa run. Admitted, that they started really bad, but I think now they have gained momentum and hope to see a very interesting match today.

  • abc86657 on May 14, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    don't worry dude Pak will rock........!!!!!!!1 u'll see......... only WI deserves to play semi not the NZ u saw how they won their game against pak....!!!

  • on May 14, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    well well.. pakistan throu to the semi final stage does not matter how..but they proved that they are the best t20 team..and they will play against aussies who hasnot lost a match yet in a tournment yet..but cricket is a game where u cant predict anything till the last ball boweld.. pakistan parently is a weak team compare with aurtratlia but they way they thru to semi is vital sign that they gone do sumthin special..i bet toss will play a major role in a semi final...i wish pakistan win the toss and elect to bat and put atleast 150 + 20 ..that would be a very compatative score against aussies as far as pakistan bowling is concern.pakistani spinners will play a major role in the game and i bet aussies will try to have diffrent stratgy against spin attack of pakistan. i hope pakistan win. that will make a gud impression on pakistani nation.:))

  • rizzz86 on May 14, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    England doesn't have guts to lift the final trophy .. they are unlucky. Teams like England and SouthAfrica cannot handle the pressure of finals. I am damn sure that one who will win today's match will win the final......... As far as today's match is concerned, AUS are hot favourites. PAK haven't performed well throughout the tournament but they are unpredictable...... by the way I am a PAK supporter and I know that today AUS will be beaten by PAK tigers ;p

  • babya on May 14, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    dont worry pup,we are winnig by 10 wickets or 50 runs today..

  • Paki.Power.House on May 14, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Inhalation plz n remember; Aussies entry into 1999 World Cup Final after playing level with South Africa in semi... that was only luck, no professionalism, still Australia went on to win that Cup, if Aussies deserve that victory then why not Pakistan today. And secondly Pakistan played comparable with NZ and beat SA in super8 and only beaten by England expansively, So Pakistan was the 2nd best after Eng in pool E to qualify. Pak Vs NZ >>>> almost equalizer but NZ won luckily Pak Vs SA >>>> Pak beat SA by dominating the game Pak Vs Eng >>> Eng beat Pak by dominating the game

  • tavitayya.mudda on May 14, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    ALL THE BEST AUS and CLARK

  • Deenesh on May 14, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Eng vs Aus would be a nice final, as PAK vs Sl would have been. personally i prefer to see Aussies and England, but hope that England win. they deserve it really.

  • SmartSalma on May 13, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Australia is a very exceptional team..chances of them losing are very slim. Pakistan isn't the best, but they've got talent, determination,plus a player who shares my lil brother's name(salman) and a player who shares my favourite indian actor's name(shahid). Is it a sign? Maybe, but it's anyone's game...hope both teams play like they made use of their practice sessions.

  • on May 13, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Mr Clark u have a wonderful team......but i guess this tournament is not yourz.....Its belongs to PAK !!! o ya dude !!!!

  • knowledge_eater on May 13, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    To be honest, I would be very surprise, if they loose against Pakistan. Pakistan's entry into semifinal is just not consumable. WI and Nz were way way better and truly deserved contenders to give proper fight to Eng and Aus. teams (who were without a doubt most consistent teams, surely deserved to be here). What Pakistan have done to show decent performance to get into semi. ??? This tournament was more like coin tossing and more dependency on other team's results. Let's be honest Eng and Aus are deserved to be in final, which I hope happens and I am sure if Aus. will be in final at Barbados they will be unstoppable. They are just too good. They have to lose from here. Clarke is lucky and will be happy to lift his first captained world cup trophy. Unless KP saves Poms. We will see what happens.

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  • knowledge_eater on May 13, 2010, 21:22 GMT

    To be honest, I would be very surprise, if they loose against Pakistan. Pakistan's entry into semifinal is just not consumable. WI and Nz were way way better and truly deserved contenders to give proper fight to Eng and Aus. teams (who were without a doubt most consistent teams, surely deserved to be here). What Pakistan have done to show decent performance to get into semi. ??? This tournament was more like coin tossing and more dependency on other team's results. Let's be honest Eng and Aus are deserved to be in final, which I hope happens and I am sure if Aus. will be in final at Barbados they will be unstoppable. They are just too good. They have to lose from here. Clarke is lucky and will be happy to lift his first captained world cup trophy. Unless KP saves Poms. We will see what happens.

  • on May 13, 2010, 21:35 GMT

    Mr Clark u have a wonderful team......but i guess this tournament is not yourz.....Its belongs to PAK !!! o ya dude !!!!

  • SmartSalma on May 13, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Australia is a very exceptional team..chances of them losing are very slim. Pakistan isn't the best, but they've got talent, determination,plus a player who shares my lil brother's name(salman) and a player who shares my favourite indian actor's name(shahid). Is it a sign? Maybe, but it's anyone's game...hope both teams play like they made use of their practice sessions.

  • Deenesh on May 14, 2010, 0:05 GMT

    Eng vs Aus would be a nice final, as PAK vs Sl would have been. personally i prefer to see Aussies and England, but hope that England win. they deserve it really.

  • tavitayya.mudda on May 14, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    ALL THE BEST AUS and CLARK

  • Paki.Power.House on May 14, 2010, 6:29 GMT

    Inhalation plz n remember; Aussies entry into 1999 World Cup Final after playing level with South Africa in semi... that was only luck, no professionalism, still Australia went on to win that Cup, if Aussies deserve that victory then why not Pakistan today. And secondly Pakistan played comparable with NZ and beat SA in super8 and only beaten by England expansively, So Pakistan was the 2nd best after Eng in pool E to qualify. Pak Vs NZ >>>> almost equalizer but NZ won luckily Pak Vs SA >>>> Pak beat SA by dominating the game Pak Vs Eng >>> Eng beat Pak by dominating the game

  • babya on May 14, 2010, 6:46 GMT

    dont worry pup,we are winnig by 10 wickets or 50 runs today..

  • rizzz86 on May 14, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    England doesn't have guts to lift the final trophy .. they are unlucky. Teams like England and SouthAfrica cannot handle the pressure of finals. I am damn sure that one who will win today's match will win the final......... As far as today's match is concerned, AUS are hot favourites. PAK haven't performed well throughout the tournament but they are unpredictable...... by the way I am a PAK supporter and I know that today AUS will be beaten by PAK tigers ;p

  • on May 14, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    well well.. pakistan throu to the semi final stage does not matter how..but they proved that they are the best t20 team..and they will play against aussies who hasnot lost a match yet in a tournment yet..but cricket is a game where u cant predict anything till the last ball boweld.. pakistan parently is a weak team compare with aurtratlia but they way they thru to semi is vital sign that they gone do sumthin special..i bet toss will play a major role in a semi final...i wish pakistan win the toss and elect to bat and put atleast 150 + 20 ..that would be a very compatative score against aussies as far as pakistan bowling is concern.pakistani spinners will play a major role in the game and i bet aussies will try to have diffrent stratgy against spin attack of pakistan. i hope pakistan win. that will make a gud impression on pakistani nation.:))

  • abc86657 on May 14, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    don't worry dude Pak will rock........!!!!!!!1 u'll see......... only WI deserves to play semi not the NZ u saw how they won their game against pak....!!!