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Last Updated:  Saturday, 1 March, 2003, 17:40 GMT

Waqar keeps fingers crossed
Saeed Anwar hit a century for Pakistan
Waqar singled Saeed Anwar (pictured) out for praise
Waqar Younis and his Pakistan side will eagerly watch England's match against Australia on Sunday, with their hopes of a place in the Super Six resting on the current champions.

After their six-wicket defeat on Saturday, Pakistan know victory for England in Port Elizabeth would eliminate them from the World Cup's second round.

If Australia emerge victorious for the seventh successive time against Nasser Hussain's side, Pakistan could join them in the next stage with a convincing win over Zimbabwe on Tuesday.

"It will be tough. It all depends on the match tomorrow.

"If Australia win then we have a big hope," said Waqar.

Australia and India are now guaranteed two of the places available from Group A, with England, Pakistan and Zimbabwe fighting out the remaining spots.

A win for Zimbabwe in the final group match would take the co-hosts through, by virtue of the match England forfeited on safety grounds last month.

Should Australia beat England and Pakistan beat Zimbabwe, run rate would decide which of the three should take the remaining place.

England are currently best-placed with a net run rate of 1.07, while Pakistan have 0.23.

But, with England's group matches over, Waqar's side have the advantage of knowing exactly the margin of victory over Zimbabwe they would need to progress.

"We have got to see what England does and then think about how we will play Zimbabwe," Waqar said.

Waqar paid tribute to India's batsmen after they made a target of 274 for victory look relatively easy.

"I thought they played extremely well, especially Sachin Tendulkar.

"The way they started, they took the game away from us. I thought with our bowling attack 273 was a good total.

"But once they had 110 on the board off 12 overs it was just a matter of getting singles which is what Yuvraj Singh and Rahul Dravid."

There was consolation for Pakistan in the performance of opening batsman Saeed Anwar, who battled fatigue to make 101.

"Playing against India brings the best out of me," said Anwar, who passed 2,000 runs in one day games against India when he reached 99.

He admitted that he was short of peak fitness.

"I have struggled a little bit with injuries. The last few years I have been in and out with a lot of injuries and I'm ageing as well."






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