Preview- Historic Rivals meets again…
Silly Point Report, March 30th, 2011
Hello there, after a nail biting Semi Final Last night with Sri Lanka and New Zealand, we are here for the Second Semi Final Match of this season, where India takes on Pakistan at Mohali.
Actually today’s match is the most talk about match in the world from all the matches we had so far. Such a heated debate is in the world since Pakistan takes on India in Indian Soil. As we all know Indian spectators are just crazy on cricket, practically they will do anything for cricket and in other hand Pakistan fans are not that crazy but if the opponents are Indians they will surely go mad. That’s because of the historic political debates and the revolutions of these two countries have. Anyways today’s match will be the biggest pressurized match in this season. Both the teams will be so tensed since they playing against each other. But Indians may feel the heat more than Pakistan since they playing in their home soil and in front of their wild spectators. Atmosphere will be simply awesome but who will have that skill to go for the extra step. Will it be India? Or will it be Pakistan? Who knows what will happen? Who knows how they play. Let’s take a close look at some key areas with Silly Point Report.
Indian the utmost favorites in this season ready to clinch their 6th victory in World cup 2011, more than the victory they will try to win the game to gain the confidence and pride since this is a historic battle. Beating Pakistan is something goes beyond a normal victory; it’s all about taking revenge and gaining pride. So undoubtedly India will give their best today to clinch the victory in this decisive clash and make it to the finals.
In other hand, Pakistan the most controversial cricketing nation in the world, will battle it hard to clinch the victory against their prime rivalry. According to Afridi they don’t consider this as a semi final, they consider this as “ THE FINAL….” Which means this is a DO or Die situation for them.
In terms of performances both the teams are doing well in this season, Indian comprise with the best battling line up you can ever ask for. Small concern they had was the middle order but with Raina’s come back that also 75% solved. Pakistan more depends on their bowling attack, they have the 2nd most best variety in the bowling attack, they have the wicket taking bowlers not like Indians, so today’s main battle will be Indian batsmen and Pakistan bowling. Therefore it will be cracker.
Interesting Facts to look at…
Both the teams have won World cup before this. Pakistan 1992 and India 1983. Which means handling pressure will be not a problem to both the teams.
Great Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Aktar will be playing their last World cup semi final in their life. So both will try to make a huge impact.
Afridi is the first bowler in World Cup history to take four wickets in a match on four different occasions in a tournament.
MS Dhoni is the only wicket-keeper captain who has played in 100 ODIs.
Zaheer Khan is the second Indian bowler after Javagal Srinath (44 wickets) to take more than 40 wickets in World Cups.
Watch Out for…
Sachin and Yuvi- One is a Legend and other one is ruthless middle order batsman. Sachin needs to play another exciting innings to guide india to a victory. Same time Yuvi need to showcase how talented he is in since he is in great nick in this season.
Harbajan and Ashwin– Most likely Dhoni will play both of them in this match. Furthermore sub continent pitches always support spinners opponents always struggle with spinners so Dhoni’s choice will not be a surprising one.
Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul – Most likely both will play today’s match. Rawalpindy Express will show case his speed in his last World Cup with the help of tall right hand Yankee seeming Umar Gul.
Shahid Afridi – Boom Boom Afridi’s bowling performance will be crucial for the match since he is the leading wicket taker in the tournament so far. His impressive and attacking leadership skills have given promising beliefs to the Pakistan so far. Surely he will keep the promises Wednesday as well.
What to Worry…
In other hand, What worries india is their lack of in depth bowling, Dhoni still unable to find the right bowling combination. It’s a major worry for them and also their fielding skills definitely have to brush up; Fielding definitely will make an impact on their success. Apart from these issues major issue is their middle order batting only first 4 scoring so far… middle order have failed several times. Dhoni and Raina have to step up today to use their batting power play well and middle order batting.
In other hand, Pakistan have to consider so many things such as finding the top 11 for today’s game will be difficulty. They are testing all their players since they are not sure about their final XI. Another worry is their fielding and top order batting, really unpredictable. Need to concentrate more on these elements before the match begins.
Possible Line up…
India- Sachin Tendulkar,Virender Shewag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni,Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashwin, Ashish Nehera
Pakistan- Mohammad Hafeez, Kamran Akmal (wk), Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi (capt), Abdul Razzaq, Umar Gul, Seed Ajmal, Shoaib Aktar
Silly Point Prediction…
Hardest match to predict, anyways undoubtedly India is in a better position than Pakistan. it’s really hard to say since it’s a do or die situation, both the teams will put up their best ,but SPR smells that Pakistan will pull off this crunch game, but again it’s guarantee for a mouth watering finish, Worth watching it so catch the live action from Whatsupcolombo.lk .(http://www.whatsupcolombo.lk/pages/sports.aspx)