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India Vs Pakistan – the big game

September 29, 2012

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Be it any format, anywhere in the world , an India Pakistan match is considered to be one of the biggest rivalry in world cricket, even more so than the Ashes, which is played between England and Australia. When the competition between these two sides take place in such a huge event as the T20 World Cup tomorrow at Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, it cannot get any bigger.

It is a must win game for the Indian team after they conceded heavy defeat in the hands of the Aussies, where the Australian team looked better in all departments of the game – batting bowling and fielding. A defeat here would practically shut the T20 World Cup semi-final doors for the Indian team. It is a do or die situation. Pakistan, on the other hand won a thrilling game against the South Africans in the super eight encounter. They are comfortable placed with their victory.

The Indian team needs to play to their strength against the Pakistan side, which they did not do against the Aussies – they played five bowlers and dropped Sehwag. Sehwag should be included in the starting 11, as he has the potential to tear apart any bowling attack, even if he just stays for the first 10 overs. The middle order batsmen of the Indian team needs to come up good against the Pakistan side to secure a win. The bowlers lack quality and needs to bowl to the best of their capabilities.

Pakistan with a strong top order, which includes Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed Mohammed Hafeez, Kamran Akmal can plonk the Indian bowlers all around the park, if they bowl the way they did against the Aussies. Pakistan bowling attack looks evenly balanced with both spin and fast bowlers – Yasir Arafat, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul. These bowlers have the quality to win the game just on their bowling skills, unlike India. The match is not going to be an easy one for the Indian team, as the Pakistan team has not lost a single match in the competition.

It is going to be a visual treat for fans around the world, as both the teams would come up with their best line up to walk away with the game. A victory for Pakistan means India’s exit and the men in green progression almost guaranteed. All is not lost for India, as India lost their first super eight match against New Zealand in the 2007 T20 World Cup only to win the title later.

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