Skipper wants T20 crown

Friday, September 21, 2007

CAPE TOWN: Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik said his team were looking beyond tomorrow’s semifinals after they laboured to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh in their final World Twenty20 Super Eights match here at the Newlands on Thursday.

“We had hiccups today,”
Malik admitted.
“We are much focused to improve on this performance,”
he added.

Pakistan’s win ensured they finished top of Group F in the Super Eights stage with three wins in three matches. They earned a semi-final at Newlands against the second team from Group E, one of South Africa, New Zealand or India, depending on the final Super Eights match between South Africa and India later Thursday.

Malik said he wasn’t concerned about who Pakistan play on Saturday.
“We have our sights set higher than the semifinals,” he said. “We are looking at winning the trophy,”
he added.

Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful said a dropped catch in the deep two balls after Nazir returned could have made the difference between winning and losing.

Zunaed Siddique, 19, a tall left-hander, marked his international debut with a sparkling innings which included six fours and three sixes.

He said he was told to play his natural game.
“I went out to play as I do in domestic cricket and not worry about the opposition,”
he said.

ICC World Twenty20

On Saturday (September 22), first semifinal at Cape Town, starts 4.00pm PST. Second semifinal at Durban, starts 9.00pm PST

Final at Johannesburg on Monday (September 24), starts 5.00pm PST

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