Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says first salvo ahead of his team’s World Cup quarter-final match in Adelaide on Friday, saying Australia will be favourites — but that favourites don’t always win.
The odds are in favour of four-time champions and co-hosts Australia, but Pakistan’s unpredictable nature and four consecutive wins after a poor start to the tournament make them threatening opponents.
“They are favourites but there is no hard-and-fast rule that favourites are always going to win the match,” said Misbah on Thursday.
“It’s which team performs better on the day, takes their chances and have some luck, they can really defeat any team,” he added.
We are positive and hopeful. I think we’ve got a bowling line-up which can go through any (batting) line-up.