''I Am Not Insulting Pakistan Cricket'', 6-Time IPL Winner Picks Favourite Ahead Of PAK vs CAN T20 WC Clash

Pakistan confront Canada in a make-or-break encounter on Tuesday at the T20 World Cup 2024, hosted at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. This is a must-win situation for the Men in Green as a defeat against the North Americans will confirm their exit from the big-ticket event
''I Am Not Insulting Pakistan Cricket'', 6-Time IPL Winner Picks Favourite Ahead Of PAK vs CAN T20 WC Clash

Pakistan captain Babar Azam and Canada skipper Saad Bin Zafar (right).

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Ex India cricketer Ambati Rayudu believes Canada could potentially upset Pakistan in their T20 World Cup 2024 clash on Tuesday at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York. With two losses already, Pakistan are on the brink of elimination, and a defeat to Canada would seal their exit from the tournament. Meanwhile, India and the USA, with two wins each, are leading Group A.
Pakistan began the tournament with a humiliating Super Over loss to co-hosts USA, followed by another embarrassing six-run defeat to arch-rivals India. In contrast, Canada were outclassed by the USA in the opening match despite scoring over 190 runs, but they bounced back to beat Ireland, keeping their hopes alive for Super 8 qualification.
Rayudu, now a cricket pundit following his retirement, expressed a belief that Canada could potentially surprise Pakistan given the Men in Green's current form in the ongoing tournament. Despite decent bowling, apart from Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, and Babar Azam, none of the Pakistan batters seemed to be in good form.
“Definitely Canada, the way they (Pakistan) are playing, anyone will beat them. I am not insulting Pakistan cricket. However, the way they are playing currently, any team will come out on top against them,” Rayudu told Star Sports.
Pakistan's latest loss occurred against India, where the batsmen disappointed. Following their humbling defeat in the opening match, the Men in Green bowlers imposed pressure on Indian batsmen, limiting them to a mere 119 runs. However, Pakistan's middle-order batsmen became the subject of ridicule as they failed to chase down the target of 120 runs in 120 balls.
Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, and Imad Wasim's performances in this World Cup have drawn criticism, as they struggled on challenging pitches. The bowlers represent the sole bright spot for Pakistan currently, with Naseem Shah showcasing impressive form. Although Haris Rauf has been conceding runs, he has also been taking crucial wickets.
In the forthcoming encounter against Canada, the team led by Babar Azam must display aggressive intent and resist succumbing to pressure, a tendency they often exhibit in crucial matches. Saim Ayub, a dynamic batter, remains on the bench as Pakistan have chosen Babar and Rizwan as openers. It remains to be seen if they opt to include the left-handed batter for the upcoming match.
On Tuesday, June 11, the weather in New York is forecasted to be partly cloudy, with temperatures ranging from a maximum of 25 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius. There is no likelihood of rain disrupting the T20 World Cup match between Pakistan and Canada. The wind is anticipated to blow at a speed of 6-8 kmph during the Group A fixture.
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