Pakistan focused on South Africa battle

Published September 27, 2012
Pakistan's Asad Shafiq kisses his bat during a practice session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. ? Photo by AP
Pakistan's Asad Shafiq kisses his bat during a practice session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. ? Photo by AP
Pakistan cricketer Saeed Ajmal carries his equipment during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketer Saeed Ajmal carries his equipment during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal throws a ball during a practice session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup super eight match against Australia in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ? Photo by AP
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal throws a ball during a practice session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup super eight match against Australia in Colombo, Sri Lanka. ? Photo by AP
Pakistan's coach Dav Whatmore, left, and captain Mohammad Hafeez, center, watch bowlers during a practice session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. ? Photo by AP
Pakistan's coach Dav Whatmore, left, and captain Mohammad Hafeez, center, watch bowlers during a practice session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. ? Photo by AP
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, right, bowls as Raza Hasan watches during a practice session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. ? Photo by AP
Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, right, bowls as Raza Hasan watches during a practice session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup. ? Photo by AP
Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi delivers a ball during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium.  ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi delivers a ball during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketer Imran Nazir plays football during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketer Imran Nazir plays football during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal (Left) plays football during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal (Left) plays football during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketers Umar Gul (Left), Saeed Ajmal (2nd Left), and Shahid Afridi (2nd Right) watch other players  during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 27, 2012. ? Photo by AFP
Pakistan cricketers Umar Gul (Left), Saeed Ajmal (2nd Left), and Shahid Afridi (2nd Right) watch other players during an ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup practice session at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on September 27, 2012. ? Photo by AFP

Four top contenders for the World Twenty20 title resume battle on Friday, looking for ways to emerge unscathed from the tougher of the two groups in the Super Eights round.Top-ranked South Africa take on Pakistan and India clash with Australia in a sold-out double-header at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo to launch the opening skirmishes in group two. Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez insisted his team was not even thinking about the game against India, the first T20 international between the arch-rivals since the 2007 World Twenty20 final. “We take it match by match,” said Hafeez. “Our immediate focus is on how we are going to tackle a strong side like South Africa. We will think about the others later.”

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