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Why the India vs Pakistan World Cup Semifinal will belie they Hype – Sajid Huq

March 28, 2011

What will happen day after tomorrow – as I argued in my World Cup 2011 India Pakistan semifinal analysis – is that Pakistan will get a mauling.

Shahid Afridi’s “green storm” (as some Pak bloggers have called it) will come short. There is no way – I have argued in this piece that Pakistan’s mix of Afridi’s fast-ish leg breaks, Ajmal’s skill, or Gul’s guile – will enjoy the sort of success they have against more brittle opposition (with only Sri Lanka being the exception).

The batters up the India order can play pace as well as anyone else on Indian tracks. The middle order is in fine nick and can milk any spinner – and a man like Dhoni is not down for too long – so expect him to fire if needed.

Then there of course, is the wiley Zaheer, whose pace pales in comparison to his Pakistani counterparts, but has more than his share of astuteness.

To not ignore the Pak batters, the Akmals are handy and will contribute on Wednesday, as may either Misbah or Yunus, and certainly Razzak. But in the overall scheme of things, they will not be able to bat their way to victory.

This, of course, is all in fun. If I eat my words on Wednesday – at least we will have a contest on our hands!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2011 5:44 pm

    I agree but that’s also because I want India to win!

  2. Prashant permalink
    March 29, 2011 8:02 am

    I think it will be a close match because there is a lot of pressure in the Indian team and the crowd will be difficult for both teams

  3. Anonymous permalink
    December 3, 2011 1:38 pm

    pakistan had really won because india chose weak balls so pak’s shot’s won’t go as high or far as they should have or some other techniques

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