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    Which is the team that you would least want your side to face in a knockout clash...

    ...at this year's World Cup ?

    My list for India

    1) Australia
    2) Sri Lanka
    3) England
    4) Pakistan
    5) South Africa
    6) West Indies
    7) New Zealand

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    Depend on what happens in the ODI series coming up, but recently England have had a good record against us in tournaments. Add the Ashes, and they'd be the mob I'd be least comfortable against.

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    In the Semis or Finals, Pakistan.

    Before that, Sri Lanka.

    Because if Pakistan are playing well enough to reach the last four, any team is ****ed.
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    The reason I fear Australia the most is because they are insanely good under pressure.


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    We haven't lost an ODI tournament in 6 years, so it's hard to say.

    Probably England, thinking about it. India are pretty worrying as well.
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    Historically I'd say Australia, because they always seem to step up.

    However I feel we have the edge at the moment over them so will go for India as it seems all set up for them.
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    Pakistan is the team I'd most hate for us to lose to. Agree with your list, but would probably have them one or two places higher for that reason alone.

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    I'd be so overjoyed with a knockout appearance that I wouldn't mind in the slightest.

    But since you asked, India. They're quite simply head and shoulders above everyone else at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    Because if Pakistan are playing well enough to reach the last four, any team is ****ed.
    Well that was true when their team actually had limitless potential and constantly under-performed. It's just not that good as it stands IMO; if they're playing well enough to make the final four teams this time around I reckon that'll be their peak.

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    South Africa for me, Steyn is the one bowler in the world who can change a game in a few overs. He does that and you are out.

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    SL. They have a bloody good team.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    South Africa for me, Steyn is the one bowler in the world who can change a game in a few overs. He does that and you are out.
    As i stated earlier Dale Steyn is NOT the best bowler in the world in the ODI format. Please check his ODI record.

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    It really is not great.

    considering India are the arch-rivals and we have NEVER beaten them in a world cup match (not even in 1992 when we won the world cup) and they also kicked us out of the world cup in a knock-out stage (we had a strong team back then in 96) and that I hate Bhajji's celebration style the most amongst all players.............I would have to say it is INDIA.
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    I'd have to say Pakistan. I know there's no such thing as the law of averages, but they're due to beat us at the WC sometime, and I'd hate for that to happen in a knock out match. I still remember watching the '96 quarterfinal, and the Saeed Anwar and Aamir Sohail partnership gave me a sinking feeling like no other.
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