KANDY - Pakistan sailing serenely to the top of the points table, suddenly found their points boat capsized through the batting tsunami of Ross Taylor three days ago, face a huge task to reclaim that position which will be decided either by clear points difference or in case of ties on that account on better run-rate. Retaining top perch at the points table was crucial for Pakistan to clinch a quarter-final against the fourth ranked weaker team of group B. But their loss to New Zealand and Sri Lankan and one-sided win against Zimbabwe had pushed the host nation up to the top of the table with seven points and a positive run rate of plus 2.705. Pakistan after their loss to New Zealand, currently are joint second with six points each with New Zealand on second rung of the ladder due to better run rate of plus 1.848 . Pakistans run rate at plus 0.760 has given them second place currently. Pakistan along with New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Australia has already reached the last knock out stage of the fourteen-team championship. The next week is, however, crucial for all the four teams including Pakistan which have a game against Zimbabwe here at Pallekele on March 14 and against tournament co favourites Australia at Colombo on March 19. Pakistan can hoist itself to the top place only if it wins it next two matches which will be like climbing steep face of a hill. During the last two days Kandy and Pallekele which have moderate climate as compared to hot humid and sticky Colombo, is experiencing warm weather and according to weather experts when the heat grows, there is greater likely hood of rain coming. God forbidding if the rain come on Monday and Pakistan failed to clinch maximum two points and is forced to share the points match booty, it would be disastrous. Pakistan match against Australia would for all practical purposes could be termed the final because it will decide the best team in the competition. However the way the results in the second half of the league round, suggest that underdogs had done better than front runners. Bangladeshs thrilling win over England and Zimbabwes batting against Sri Lanka has proven that nothing could be taken for granted against lower ranked teams and the leading teams have to be work hard and be alert till the last ball of the match is bowled to ensure a good win England relaxed when they saw the victory emerging on the horizon and they paid for their complacency. Mondays match against Zimbabwe should not be treated lightly by the Pakistanis who had already paid heavily for throwing caution to the winds in their match against New Zealand. Pakistan has infused new confidence into the team by jointly taking the decision to back up keeper Kamran Akmal and to bury all the speculation that he may be dropped from the playing eleven. The keeper had made mistakes but he was not the only one who did it. A number of Pakistani keepers in the past were even far poorer keepers than Kamran Akmal, with all their mistakes they retained their places until they left Test side. Colleagues of Kamran Akmal are sure that the keeper would improve and his new found confidence will help him to finds his batting form. Fitness of pacer Shoaib Akhtar is being watched closely with the hope that a fitter Shoaib Akhtar would be more beneficial to the team and, add attraction to the sporting spectacle. Pakistan may be mulling over the thought of including Saeed Ajmal after the success of part time Lankan spinner Dilshan Tillekaratne against Zimbabwe. The batsman slow bowler was almost on the verge of a hat-trick in his four for four runs feat that fetched him man of the match award. Pakistan has a number of options in spin department. But its in pace area that they might give chance to youngster Junaid Khan or Wahab Riaz to assess their fitness and confidence level in the crucial match against Australia. For the last two days Pakistan team held long and hard-working training sessions that has really tested the fitness level of all the players and particularly Shoaib Akhtar, who under the Lankan heat had to be cautious to avoid ay muscular injury or cramps. Umar Akmal had injured his one of the right hand finger is getting treatment and his fitness is expected to seen on the eve of the match day today (Sunday) before taking a decision on the player inclusion in the playing eleven. Meanwhile, Pakistan manager Intikhab Alam denied on Saturday that Umar Akmal had faked a finger injury in a desperate bid to save his blundering brother Kamran's place in the team. Umar, who has been tipped to take the wicket-keeping gloves from his elder brother for Monday's World Cup match against Zimbabwe, hurt his index finger on his right hand in practice two days ago.