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World Cup Blog: Beat Australia and World Cup is yours, Imran tells Pakistan

By Rediff Sports Desk
Last updated on: March 13, 2015 17:46 IST
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A selection of musings from around the cricket World Cup.

Pakistan players celebrate a wicket during the match against South Africa. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Pakistan's former legendary all-rounder Imran Khan believes "nobody can stop Pakistan from winning the World Cup" if they manage to qualify and beat favourites Australia in the quarter-finals, reports Pakistan daily Dawn.

Imran said if there is one venue where the 1992 champions could beat Australia, it is Adelaide, which is slower as compared to the other pitches in the country and is known to aid spinners.

"Adelaide is a slow pitch and Pakistan's best chance of beating Australia is in Adelaide," he said, while talking to a private news channel.

Advising captain Misbah-ul-Haq to drop a fast bowler and give a chance to leg-spinner Yasir Shah, Imran pointed out: "Previously Yasir was playing against India who are excellent spin players…Yasir should be playing against Ireland."

"If there is a wicket in Australia that helps spinners, it is Adelaide," he added.

Pakistan will play against Ireland in their last group match on March 15 (Sunday) at the Adelaide Oval.

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Misbah ul Haq of Pakistan speaks to his bowler Muhammad Irfan. Photograph: Morne de Klerk/Getty Images

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