Misbah tips India and Pakistan

Stand-in skipper believes 2007 finalists are favourites for England

Last Updated: 26/05/09 10:36am

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Misbah: In action against Australia

Misbah: In action against Australia

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Misbah-ul-Haq insists Pakistan and India are favourites to succeed at the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in June.

Both Pakistan and India have been doing very well in Twenty20 cricket, so I think both have a very good chance of winning the World Twenty20. Misbah-ul-Haq

The two arch-rivals played out a superb final in the inaugural edition of the showpiece with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's side triumphing by just five runs in a game that went right down to the wire.

Misbah, leading the Pakistan side in the absence of regular captain Younus Khan, helped his team underline their credentials for the tournament in England this summer with a seven-wicket victory over Australia on Thursday.

Signs

And Misbah, who scored 24 and added 85 for the third wicket with Kamran Akmal (59), believes his team is right in contention for the trophy again.

"Both Pakistan and India have been doing very well in Twenty20 cricket, so I think both have a very good chance of winning the World Twenty20," Misbah said.

"I think this win is an indicator of where we stand. This win will be a great morale booster for the team.

"We have been playing a Twenty20 tournament every year and that has matured us. Fortunately, we are again playing that event in Pakistan before going to England."

Belief

Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam was also delighted with the win after seeing his team go down 3-2 to the Aussies in the 50-over format.

"I am pleased with the performance of the team," said Alam. "Had we been as clinical in the one-day series we would have won that as well."

Australia's stand-in captain Brad Haddin, who replaced Michael Clarke as captain after Ricky Ponting's replacement returned home for a rest, remains hopeful as well though.

"You can't judge the form of the team on one game," said Haddin.

"We were progressing well in the first five overs but then we lost track and were totally outplayed by Pakistan.

"But I hope it's not going to affect us as we have some 20-25 days to prepare for the Twenty20 tournament."

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