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Thread: 'Official' Semi Final 2 - Pakistan v India

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    'Official' Semi Final 2 - Pakistan v India

    Pakistan v India
    Wed Mar 30
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
    09:00 GMT | 14:30 local | 05:00 EDT | 04:00 CDT | 02:00 PDT

    Pakistan Squad

    Shahid Afridi (captain), Misbah-ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Akmal (wicketkeeper), Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Younis Khan

    India Squad

    MS Dhoni, (captain/keeper), Virender Sehwag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Suresh Raina, Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh

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    comeon India

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    Quote Originally Posted by blahblahblah View Post
    comeon India
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    hell yeah..........it doesn't get any better than this in a WC semi-final
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Look out...........the (pre-tournament) cornered tigers are hitting back

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    Call this a defeatist attitude if you like, but I'd be far less shattered if we lost in the semi than had we lost tonight.

    Not because India were playing Australia, but simply because had India lost tonight it'd have been a second unconvincing World Cup. A tie with England after scoring 330+, a loss to SA after being 250-1 or whatever, and then a measley win vs. an under-manned WI team that is rubbish at full strength anyway followed by a knock out in the quarters would have just been terrible.

    Now if they lose to Pakistan, who are playing awesome cricket, whilst it'll really hurt some Indian fans, it'll be a far more reasonable result.

    I really would just like to bat first against Pakistan. I do not want to chase again in a knock out match, let alone against a team with some quality spinners and Gul who can bend it like a boomerang under lights.
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    i feel like a quick 90 coming from sachin now

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    well 100th ton seems to be all set for final only .. wow what a chance for any indivudual player

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Call this a defeatist attitude if you like, but I'd be far less shattered if we lost in the semi than had we lost tonight.

    Not because India were playing Australia, but simply because had India lost tonight it'd have been a second unconvincing World Cup. A tie with England after scoring 330+, a loss to SA after being 250-1 or whatever, and then a measley win vs. an under-manned WI team that is rubbish at full strength anyway followed by a knock out in the quarters would have just been terrible.

    Now if they lose to Pakistan, who are playing awesome cricket, whilst it'll really hurt some Indian fans, it'll be a far more reasonable result.

    I really would just like to bat first against Pakistan. I do not want to chase again in a knock out match, let alone against a team with some quality spinners and Gul who can bend it like a boomerang under lights.
    Come hell or high water, we CANNOT lose to Pakistan at home!

    Sure, I'll probably get over it (in 45 years or so) and Pakistan are really good and it won't be a shame to lose to them.. but this tie will be the biggest match of their life for most of our players.

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    There was already a good article on cricinfo by Sambit Bal comparing the 2007 edition of the world cup & this one. 2007 world cup had everything going for it:
    -> Super 8 format (that is supposed to produce more quality games)
    -> World cup in the Carribean - the ultimate party land
    -> Aussies slipping just before the world cup (to NZL) to open up the competition.

    Yet it turned out to be a disaster, as Ind-Pak went out early, Woolmer died, Stadiums were empty, games were one sided and the super 8 was a yawner.

    This world cup on the other hand had many things going against it:
    -> Potentially boring group games
    -> Stadiums were still not ready
    -> Terror threats
    -> Knockout format

    Yet, this world cup has seen competitive games, packed stadiums, relatively contraversy free progress thus far. Needless to say, a Ind-Aus QF, Ind-Pak semis has further spiced it up. The ICC & BCCI wanted India to play as many games as possible to maximise TV revenues & it has almost happened. Financially successful and some great entertainment. Thats what world cups are supposed to be.

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    Imran wants Shoaib to be retained. He feels that while it's a risky move, he's a wicket taking bowler and that's what Pakistan will need against the mighty Indian lineup. I'm conflicted about that tbh. I see Imran's point, but that's a massive risk. He's past his prime, not in the best shape, and I can see him getting torn a new one by Sehwag and Tendu.

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    Have been liking Pakistan for the whole thing lately. Looking like good odds for them right now.
    Every 5 years we have an election and have to decide who are the least obnoxious out of all the men. Then one gets in and they age really quickly. Which is always fun to watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    Come hell or high water, we CANNOT lose to Pakistan at home!

    Sure, I'll probably get over it (in 45 years or so) and Pakistan are really good and it won't be a shame to lose to them.. but this tie will be the biggest match of their life for most of our players.
    I understand that. But they'll get over it.

    Now losing to Pakistan in a final would be a bit different IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Call this a defeatist attitude if you like, but I'd be far less shattered if we lost in the semi than had we lost tonight.

    Not because India were playing Australia, but simply because had India lost tonight it'd have been a second unconvincing World Cup. A tie with England after scoring 330+, a loss to SA after being 250-1 or whatever, and then a measley win vs. an under-manned WI team that is rubbish at full strength anyway followed by a knock out in the quarters would have just been terrible.

    Now if they lose to Pakistan, who are playing awesome cricket, whilst it'll really hurt some Indian fans, it'll be a far more reasonable result.

    I really would just like to bat first against Pakistan. I do not want to chase again in a knock out match, let alone against a team with some quality spinners and Gul who can bend it like a boomerang under lights.
    agreed. If India do bat first the will give themselves a great chance to move to the final. Will be massive favorites if they bat first.

    Waqar has been working hard on Gul and the results are there to see. Bowls really well with the old ball

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    Battle of two of the most skilled fast bowlers in this tournament (irrespective of the conditions, state of the ball).. Zaheer and Gul. Both have all the tricks in their armoury and are bowling at a world-class standard ATM.

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