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Pakistan eye big win against Canada to keep hopes alive today

Match starts at 8:30 pm (BST)

June 11, 2024 00:00:00

NEW YORK, June 10 (Agencies): Shocked by the USA and scarred by India, Pakistan have little to play for and everything to lose when they meet Canada in their penultimate group league encounter of the T20 World Cup here on Tuesday.

In the two matches so far, the 2009 champions never really looked the formidable side it was once known to be.

There seems to be no clarity in Babar Azam's leadership. The two factions in the team one led by the skipper with his close friends Mohammed Rizwan and Shadab Khan while other including, recently sacked Shaheen Shah Afridi is also making matters worse.

Not a single department clicked for Pakistan in the two matches so far and they will need a more cohesive effort in the remaining matches to give themselves an outside chance.

Going forward Pakistan will have to do some soul searching if they want to revive their faltering campaign.

With India and USA finely poised in Group A, both Canada and Pakistan will aim for wins by huge margin to keep their slim chances of a Super 8 spot alive when they clash for only the second time in the shortest format.

While they clash for the second time in T20 format, Canada and Pakistan will meet for the first time in the New York venue, which has produced low-scoring games.

Canada, on the other hand, are placed third in Group A with one win out of two games.

After the seven-wicket loss to USA, Canada bounced back in style to beat Ireland by 12 runs in their next match.

In Navneet Dhaliwal, Canada have a veteran top-order batter who was a part of that 2019 victory over Ireland, and a lot will be riding on him.

Canada will also take heart from the defeat against the USA because they had posted an imposing 194, albeit in a losing cause.

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