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Pakistan are not in a position to lift the T20 World Cup, feels Kevin Pietersen. In a column, the former England star has said that only an England self-destruction can help PAK lift the title
Pakistan cricket team in T20 World Cup. (Courtesy: AP)
By India Today Web Desk: Pakistan can only lift the World Cup at Melbourne if England self-destruct, feels Kevin Pietersen. The former England player in his latest column with Betway has said that Pakistan are no match for the Jos Buttler side and it should be a comfortable win for the team that defeated India in the semi-finals of the tournament.
“Pakistan need to hope that England self-destruct by being reckless and overconfident. I think it’s an incredible strength that they can just go out there and play the way that they do, but we do know there’s one thing that can happen to this England team – they can get rolled over for none, because it’s a sixathon. That’s the only thing that I can see derailing England, and that’s what Pakistan need to hope for, because I don’t think they can derail England themselves. I’m predicting a comfortable win for England,” Pietersen said.
Jos Buttler and Alex Hales combined to hand India a 10-wicket defeat, one of the most convincing victories by any team in the tournament. Pietersen feels that the England side has all bases covered and are the strongest team in the World Cup.
“That England performance ranks right up there. It was convincing as anything because that India team is star-studded. To beat them as convincingly as they did was spectacular. They didn’t let India into the game at all. There was no doubt in my mind when India posted that score. When you’re chasing 169 on a good Adelaide Oval wicket, it’s an easy game. One batter just needs to get 70-odd off 50 balls and the game is over. It’s a simple run chase,” Pietersen said about the semi-final clash between India and England.
England are expected to take on Pakistan in the final of the tournament, but the game is expected to be marred by rainfall.