The good form of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq in the middle order, individually and in the partnership stand, has been one of the momentous factors in Pakistan's winnings in Group A. They both made two fifties against Kenya and Sri Lanka, putting on a quick 45 in Hambantota and a plateform-setting 108-run stand against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Their partnerships have been a backbone for the batting lineup of Pakistan outfit as they bat at No. 4 and No. 5 position, although given the pre-tournaments concerns that batting Younis and Misbah would deprive Pakistan from the thrust in the middle over. Instead, the pair has brought stability and impetus. Younis bats usually at No. 3 position but the arrival of Ahmed Shehzad pushed him at No. 4 as Kamran Akmal come one-down in the batting order.
Younis Khan said, "My job is that wherever there is a need, I play there." "I played at No. 3 in recent years but now the need and the situation for my team is to me to come at No. 4, I will do. Misbah-ul-Haq and I are seniors and we should play vital roles, we have made a couple of good partnerships for our side and try to keep momentum". Younis said, "It is getting easier now because by winning every match we make it easier to get to the quarter-finals".
Younis and Misbah were both involved in the moments that won the Sri Lanka game along with another senior pro Shoaib Akhtar. Pakistan's second triumph puts them in a good position to not only qualify for the quarter-finals but also to be in a excellent position in the group, as two of their four remaining games are against Canada and Zimbabwe, which they would expect to win comfortably.