A semi final match of ICC World Cup 2011 between Pakistan and India will be played at Mohali on 30th March 2011. It will be a clash of nerves and luck. Both teams are playing well and have enough talent to challenge each other. India has the benefit of home crowd and ground. Lets hope a houseful crowd at Mohali will watch a good game of cricket.
People are forecasting the result of this much hyped and eagerly awaited semi final. According to some at Mohali five matches were played between Pakistan and India and Pakistan were the winners in all five. On the other hand Pakistan have never won a single match against India in the history of ICC World Cup. But there is always a first time! Keep your fingers crossed
Geoff Lawson who has coached Pakistan in recent past says “Pakistan have played some good cricket, their guys look really good… and it could be a Pakistan-New Zealand final”
Our very own Rashid Latif puts weight behind India against Pakistan and says “India in India are favourites, there is no doubt,” but i think the better team on the day will win.
Ricky Ponting goes a step further and claims that “They(India) will beat Pakistan in the semifinal and go on to win the World Cup now,” At the moment Mr. Ponting! I doubt your prediction. If a Pakistani gives statements of the sort he will definately face trial on the charges of ‘match fixing’. We will take one game at a time as Afridi said!
Imran Khan says “Pakistan bowling is superior but India’s batting is better. It will depend on the killer instinct, on that ability to seize the opportunity when the opponent makes a mistake. Both teams have it.”
As they say ‘when going gets tough, the tough gets going’. It was true for Pakistan who were in the middle of all the negative things in the game of cricket. They have been one of the stand-out teams so far in this tournament and now find themselves just one match from their first World Cup final since 1999. Pakistan’s team spirit and Afridi’s inspirational role has been the notable features of their run to the semifinals.
I wish Team Pakistan to stay focused and united. This match is not end of the world but I hope the end of match brings this radiant and brilliant smile on Afridi’s (and every pakistani’s) face Inshallah.