INDIA VS AUSTRALIA QUARTER FINAL LIVE COVERAGE

This is arguably the most competitive QF. Two giants collide. One will survive.

A loss is devastating for both sides. Indian fans will never forgive Dhoni and BCCI if India lose. Whereas, if Australia lose it will well and truly be the end of Australian dominance in world cricket

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  1. #1 by khansahab on March 23, 2011 - 9:23 PM

    new thread

  2. #2 by khansahab on March 23, 2011 - 9:47 PM

    Munir sahab

    Congrats on this splended victory.

    I have not seen the highlights of the match but Afridi should have been MOM. He got 3 batsmen and 1 tailender out. Hafeez should get minimal credit for his 50 because the demoralised Windies knew they were out of the competition and I don’t think they were giving their 100% with the ball.

    I have just returned home and haven’t read all the news of comments of the previous thread but I have read that Imran Khan said that the Pakistani public should keep their feet on the ground. I agree with this and there is no point celebrating like Pakistan has won the WC. The semi final will not be one sided, and if they reach the final then that will all be about nerves.

    However, we can pinch ourselves and realise that Pakistan has well and truly reached the semi final. This was Afridi’s aim and he has achieved this. A team that features no Tendulkars, Sehwags, Pontings etc has dwarfed everyone (bar New Zealand) to reach the semis. The Pakistani players should know that the public will forgive them for any mistakes they make from now on. It is a tremendous achievement in itself for them to reach the semi finals. If they lose, they will be forgiven.

    But, ironically that is the reason why they must go the extra mile to win. A country that has suffered and bled in the past few years for various reasons, is grateful to its cricketers merely for reaching the semi final of a WC.

    Shahid Afridi, a patriotic but simple Pathan, has instilled a belief and purpose in his team mates. Pakistan in beating Australia has crushed a mental barrier. This was the team Pakistan was just not mentally accomplished enough to face. The remaining matches are just about mental strength. Pakistan has overcome its biggest mental fears in defeating Australia.

    The momentum is with Pakistan. The World Cup, many would say, is very soon going to be too.

  3. #3 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 23, 2011 - 11:11 PM

    khansahab

    I think Hafeez deserves the MOM award because he bowled brilliantly, you have to see the match to judge the MOM and not on the basis of who took most wickets. Yes, Afridi took 4 wickets but, the moment Gul got Gayle, he continued adding pressure on the WI players and got TWO WICKETS IN ONE OVER. The pressure was doubled, tripled after that and his figures speaks of his astute bowling today. Afridi also bowled excellent spells and got 4 wickets and his captaincy was very aggressive, when he was on hat-rick he surrounded the batsman with fielders all around him.

    Also, it was Hafeez who demoralized the West Indies team and he started hitting fours from the word go, even before Kamran Akmal. In 2 overs Pakistan were 25/0 and that showed the intent of winning the match by batting aggressively. For your information this is the first time in a WC that too in a quarterfinal a team like West Indies has lost by 10 wickets. No other team has achieved this feat. The credit goes to Afridi for gelling the team so well and getting the best out of Hafeez. Remember during the time of Inzamam and Shoaib Malik, there was NO Hafeez.

    Even bringing Abdul Razzaq later on has also paid dividends he bowled better than he bowls with the new ball and was very economical and got a wicket today. Credit also goes to Waqar Younus for spotting who is best utilized and at which position?

    If Pakistan’s batting click like they clicked today, there will be a big difference in the team and their body language will be a threat to any side that is playing in this WC today. Pakistan is peaking at the right time, so they must not lose focus from here, they must not get complacent after this win. The semifinal will be a tough one and the final will be even tougher. The good thing that Afridi as well as Hafeez have said is, they are focusing on the game that they have to play and not beyond that, this way ‘the step by step approach’ helps them in achieving their target better. And, they are all using the same words, same language, same template, which is good.

  4. #4 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 12:10 AM

    Afridi Called Imran before QF for suggestions

    Shahid Afridi had called Imran Khan for suggestion on team selection. Imran noted that Afridi was not confident of Ajmal’s form

  5. #5 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 6:20 AM

    Khansahab โ€ฆ

    Your congratulatory wishes for a really superb Pakistani win are more than reciprocated.

    It was unfortunate that you were not able to join us โ€˜liveโ€™ during the game, and your expert comments and aggressive taunting of non-performers were highly missed by all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You will get your chances on Wednesday 30th March when we play our semi-final. There are a few days left and I hope you and Javed make adjustments in your schedules and keep the date free for important semis. This will be one ‘hellova’ match and too big to be missed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    About Afridi being the yesterdayโ€™s MOM, although I agree with you in a way but Hafeez was also equally justified contender because beside his 61 runs and contribution in highest ever opening-stand by Pakistan, Hafeez also opened the bowling attack and his figures were 10 overs, 3 maidens, 16 runs and 2 wickets. Secondly, you should also not forget, as to who the MOM adjudicators were. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    About Afridi, the fact is that Pakistan, so far, had played 7 matches and won 6 out of those 7, while in 4 out of the 6 wins, Shahid Afridi played a key role by his deadly leg-spin bowling and almost single-handedly won those 4 games for Pakistan. Whether he gets MOM awards for these 4 great performances or not is another debate, but his contribution as a bowler and as an aggressive Captain who is leading from the front is beyond question.

    PS: Lastly, one request, when todayโ€™s Australia/ India encounter is over and we are confirm of who we are playing in Mohali, then if possible, you and Javed can start a new thread sooner (in a day or two) for the forthcoming Pakistan semi-final. This way we will have a few days time to talk about it in advance and discuss various options/ points.

  6. #6 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 6:24 AM

    Good Luck India โ€ฆ

    India is playing Australia today and my heart says that India shall win todayโ€™s game.

    Even my mind is tilted towards Indian victory and in fact I am anticipating some unexpectedly low performance by the Australians. Something similar to what they did against Zimbabwe, when the so-called mighty Australians scored only 28 runs in first 10 overs and that too even without loosing a single wicket. ๐Ÿ™„

    Both teams will have big pressure. India due to home grounds and skyrocketing expectations of over a billion diehard fans and Australia because they lost their last game against Pakistan and this could be curtains for them and already some peoples are calling for Punterโ€™s head.

    All the Best to Team India and All their Fans (specially, Newguy, Pawan and Varun).

  7. #7 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 6:35 AM

    Javed Khan โ€ฆ

    During yesterday QF, when the West Indian innings finished the TV guys interviewed Hafeez during the break and then again when he was awarded MOM, Ramiz interviewed Hafeez. While seeing Hafeez, I passed a comment that, โ€œHafeez owes his career to only one guy, and that is Afridiโ€.

    You were absolutely right that Shoaib Malik considered Hafeez his own personal competition due to batting and similar bowling (both were batting all-rounders), while Salman Butt made sure that Hafeez is kept out because he was seen as opener who could take Salmanโ€™s place. This is why that even though, Malik and Butt were both Punjabis, but they purposefully planned against Hafeez and tried to finish his career. Whereas Afridi, who at times opens the innings and also bowls (all-rounder) like Hafeez, but he never took Hafeez as a competition and rather supported and assisted him to get back into the team.

    This is mark of a confident and strong leader, not of a conspiring Meesna.

    Frankly speaking, Mohammed Hafeez, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Akhtar and Kamran Akmal, they all owe their presence in the current team to only one man and that is none other then, Sahibzada Mohammed Shahid Khan Afridi.

  8. #8 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 6:54 AM

    Dhoni hits back at Oz talk of aggression

    Ahmedabad: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday hit back at the Australians for talking about playing aggressive cricket with shot-pitched stuff in the World Cup quarterfinal, saying his side will not be flustered by such tactics as they have beaten them even in their own den in the past.

    Dhoni said the talks of Australian aggression were not new to his team and they will play the “Indian way” which had seen his side beat them in their own backyard.

    “We would play the Indian way, playing normal cricket. People have been talking much about the short-pitched balls, but this is nothing new to us. Australia have good fast bowlers, but not to forget we have won Test matches in Perth and Durban (considered to possess the fastest tracks in world cricket),” Dhoni told reporters at the match-eve press conference.

    Australian captain Ricky Ponting had asked his players to play in “Australian way” of unbridled aggression in the make-or-break quarterfinal tomorrow while fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said they would bombard Indian batsmen with short-pitched deliveries.

    Dhoni also refused to see tomorrow’s match as a final before the final as has been done by Australian coach Tim Nielsen.

    “It’s an important game for us. I won’t give it any category as a pre-final or something. You have to win it irrespective of the opposition. The mental element is very important. At the same time you have to rely on your skills because ultimately it has to reflect on the field. Mentally you have to be in a very good frame of mind to execute your plans,” he said.

    The Indian skipper said his side can ill-afford a batting collapse, which they had encountered in league matches, against a strong side like Australia and they need to slow down in the batting powerplay to bat out the full quota of 50 overs if too many wickets are falling at that stage.

    “In all the games we wanted to accelerate and that is one of the main reasons why we lost a number of wickets (in a heap). The way out is while you need to accelerate to get as many runs as possible, once you have lost those 2-3 wickets you need to curb your instinct and bat 50 overs. Instead of aiming to get 40 runs (in this phase) you should look to get 20-25 runs which could really count at the end of the game,” said Dhoni.

    “Our batting has been good, especially the top order which means lower order has batted when the team was looking to accelerate. We have not been able to capitalize in the slog overs and second (batting) Power Play as well at the same time. Hopefully in the next game we would be able to accumulate more runs,” Dhoni said.

    India had lost wickets in a heap during the latter phase of their batting in three out of six league games. They lost seven wickets in a cluster against England in the tied match, a staggering nine for just 29 against South Africa in the game they lost and seven for 50 against the West Indies in their last league tie which they won.

    In all three games India failed to bat out their full quota of 50 overs.

    Dhoni ruled out the possibility of playing all his three front-line spinners Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and Piyush Chawla, as advised by former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram. “That will be very tough,” he said.

    Dhoni requested the media not to put extra pressure on Sachin Tendulkar, who is one century short of completing a century of centuries in international cricket.

    “We had lot of trouble when he was one short of his 50th Test century. I would request you to leave him alone and have the discussion (on the expected feat) after the match (after he achieves the landmark),” he said.

    The Indian skipper praised senior paceman Zaheer Khan for the important breakthroughs he has provided the team with.

    “We have relied on him a lot to get those breakthroughs. He has always responded well. So responsibility is with all the players, but at the same time with Zaheer giving us those breakthroughs we don’t mind it. Also we have been able to capitalize on his breakthroughs, that’s a big positive for us,” said Dhoni.

    He conceded that the Indian players are always under pressure to perform.

    “When you are part of the Indian cricket team, irrespective of being a bowler or a batsman you are under pressure. You can’t think too much about it. I always say think of it as an added responsibility”, he said.

    “It’s the bowler who is under more pressure than the batsman. If you had batted first and scored over 300 runs it’s the bowler who will have to defend it,” Dhoni said.

    Asked about the India-Australia rivalry, Dhoni said many positives have come out of the intensity of the contests.

    “Over the last 2-3 years the India-Australia bilateral series has seen more intensity from the players and big positives have come out of it for both teams,” he said.

    On coach Gary Kirsten’s role in the team, Dhoni said, “He’s a fantastic gentleman to be associated with the team; the kind of character he has and the way he’s managed the dressing room and not to forget the 15 members who are part of the squad, all of them are big superstars and have big following in India.”

    “The way he has managed each individual, he has done a wonderful job. It reflects as to how well we have done on the field,” he added.

  9. #9 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:16 AM

    I woke up twice before the start of the match thinking it is about time and I may have missed something? Luckily, it wasn’t the case and I was able to see the toss and the pitch report.

    Dhoni’s body language after losing the toss was very NEGATIVE, it seems for him, the decision of the match depends on the toss~ He responded to Ravi Shastri by saying, yes it is a good toss to win because of blah, blah, blah reasons. Array baba toss is not the end of the world, don’t ever go by stats because stats are made to be changed and in any case one team loses the toss the other wins. The good team wins in the end and not necessarily the team that wins the toss.

    Afridi on the contrary was very positive after losing toss on both occasions against Australia and West Indies by saying, ‘toss doesn’t matter much, it is OK” he said.

  10. #10 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:19 AM

    The only change India made is dropped YKP
    And, Australia replaced Steve Smith with David Hussey.

    so, far its a steady start to the game, Aussies are playing cautiously because they are not sure what will be the good score on this pitch, it is also very hot and dry, the wicket from one side is very dry so spin bowling will be from the pavilion end. Zaheer Khan is bowling is heart out in the heat and Ashwin is tossing up very well.

    I AM ALL OUT FOR INDIA TO WIN, FULL SUPPORT FOR INDIA, BEAT THE AUSSES AND SEND THEM HOME.

  11. #11 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:26 AM

    JAK,

    Yeah, I too thought Dhoni’s body language is very negative after losing the toss. He also do not look confident, this is very bad news for India.

    Australia and Ponting is under even more pressure than the Indians, if Australia lose today then Ponting is surely sacked, I don’t get it then why Indians are not showing better body language and putting pressure on them.

    Now they are building slowly and already hit three fours.

    India needs wickets, because eventually batsmen will get set and start playing their shots.

    I think 250 is a good score to win for Australia.

    India need to get them out around 200 or so.

    Tendulkar need to play the match of his life, and take India home, no matter what. Or else, face the fate of being called not a match winner when it matters.

  12. #12 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:27 AM

    A huge six!!!

    Will India wilt under pressure today?

  13. #13 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:29 AM

    Losing the toss may be a good thing for India, since they have had problem defending 300 runs on two occasions.

    Chasing the total is far better, even if it means more pressure. They know how many to score, and don’t have to worry about runs leaking.

  14. #14 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:30 AM

    Well, the silence at Motera is deafening, as Watto hits some shots ๐Ÿ™‚

    C’mon people it’s not the end of world if an opposition batsman hits a four or six, there always another ball to get him out.

  15. #15 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:34 AM

    Australia looks like a different side today, positive intent and confidence.

    India need their A game here.

  16. #16 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 9:41 AM

    Hi All,

    Big Game, this.

    Good Luck to India, for sure.

    There you go … Wattoo is Outtoo ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. #17 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:41 AM

    WATSON OUT

    Ashwin got him on the last ball of the mandatory power play. 40/1 Aussies,

    Good that Harami Watson gone, because Ian Chappell was saying Watson has a history of making hundreds in semifinals and finals………. Its a good reply from India to shut him up

  18. #18 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:41 AM

    Ian Chappel said India will be disappointed they did not get a wicket, and next ball Ashwin strikes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Chappel should say more of these things perhaps, it seems to work in favor of opposition.

  19. #19 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:42 AM

    Interesting to see Harbhajan against Ricky Ponting.
    Get the Punter OUT and send him on a Duck.
    Go India Go.

  20. #20 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:43 AM

    Now get Punter out early, and Australia will wilt.

  21. #21 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:43 AM

    JAK, LOL we seem to be thinking and typing same thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. #22 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 9:44 AM

    Guys,

    Just woke up.
    Dreamt India will bat second.
    Thats what it is.

    Good thing is this will give the bowlers some breathing space
    Because this is the first time they are not under pressure?
    That is India bowling first for the first tim in this WC?

  23. #23 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:47 AM

    Punter on the defensive already, the last ball of Harbhajan over hit him on the pads but not good enough. Get the angry old captain out.

    It is good that India got the wicket in the first power play. Zaheer got under pressure by the umpire’s warning on running down on the pitch, which was a bit harsh, because normally the umpires talk to the bowlers before giving them first warning and Zaheer from around the wicket is not very comfortable and that is why Wattoo got a few fours from his bowling.

  24. #24 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:49 AM

    Ohhhh a near chance but difficult one though for Zaheer Khan, Ashwin bowling well today. The ball he bowled to get Watto’s wicket was excellent.

  25. #25 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:51 AM

    Harbhajan is making Punter dance good bowling so far, 3 dot balls. But, he got a couple down the leg side. I wonder why these bowlers bowl so much on the pads?

  26. #26 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:53 AM

    Australia going at an average of 4 runs per over and that is not bad and nothing great either. Depends on how India bowls today, I think Dhoni should also try Yuvraj in place of Ashwin now who has bowled 7 overs already. But he is using Munna bhai now…….. anyways lets see, he bowls straight

  27. #27 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:53 AM

    Zaheer will be a much better bowler when he comes back.

    Get Punter out early, I want to see the back of this grumpy guy.

  28. #28 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 9:54 AM

    Just read the reports and Captains’ comments at start of the game.

    Why Punter is saying 250 should be good score โ“

    I think India have made totally spinning-track … they should have also made it batsmen friendly wicket and helped their batters.

    Batting is India’s main strength and rather then going for Australia’s weakness (Spin) they should have gone for their own strength and played positive.

    It may be too early for me to say this but I feel so. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  29. #29 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:54 AM

    Oh no, Munna Patel is coming in …

    Bad news, will Ponting get going?

  30. #30 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:55 AM

    Munna’s Mediocrity continues bowled a lose ball and got spanked twice for fours.

  31. #31 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 9:57 AM

    Munna Durr Gaya, He should have taken that catch of his own bowling. he went defensive and let it go over his head through his fingers. Another FOUR, three fours and a couple Munna Bhai Ghar jao.

    Get Yuvraj ………….. Dhoni kab aqal aye gee?

  32. #32 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 9:57 AM

    It’s the Australians were waiting for the Munna Bhai. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    13 runs in his first over. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  33. #33 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:58 AM

    What a match loser Munna Patel is .. simply no rational for having this loser in the team. Even Pappu Chawla would have been better. Or even have YKP in and have another extra batsman.

    This loser cannot bowl, cannot field, and cannot hold bat.

    What a loser, and he is playing WC semi.

  34. #34 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:02 AM

    70/1 in 15 overs. Australia

    Harbhajan too going around the wicket I dunno why? He bowled a wide that is what happens.

    SEE, Dhoni heard me and got UV

  35. #35 by Varun Suri on March 24, 2011 - 10:02 AM

    Ian Chapell also left the commentary room after he got Watson out! Here comes Yuvraj!! Dhonibaba ne JAK ki sun lli..

  36. #36 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:03 AM

    JAK,

    Dhoni will never get it .. about Munaf in the team and bowling him when the pressure was on .. he relieved it now for Australians.

    Loser with capital L.

  37. #37 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:03 AM

    Guys

    I am happy with the start.
    India is still in the game.

  38. #38 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:04 AM

    Clearly Aussies struggling against spin

  39. #39 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:06 AM

    India has this habit of making mediocre players look better .. it was Devon Smith the other day, and today it is Haddin. Already on 37 from 41 balls .. get him out now.

  40. #40 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:07 AM

    Aussies have been mediocre throughout the tournament
    But they are known to have produced super performances when it matters
    They have always risen to the occasion
    Now this match we will find out if this Aussie team has that fight till last tooth and nail vintage Australian spirit or is this team just a bunch of zilchs

  41. #41 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:10 AM

    Pawan,

    It’s not the Aussies, they are still mediocre, but Dhoni not using his brains. He has a problem on hand now, he is one bowler short, he has to change a bowler now or risk bowling out Harbhajan. Munaf cannot come back now, unless a wicket falls.

  42. #42 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:11 AM

    Bhaj bowling well
    Keep going sardar
    This is your hometown, your time to get going in this WC

  43. #43 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:11 AM

    India probably should have played Chawla in place of Munaf Patel. Agree with Newguy.

    So far its going good for Australia, but historically their wickets come in packs in India. 225-230 would be a par score on this pitch.

  44. #44 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:13 AM

    Newguy

    Yeah I agree we should’ve gone with pappu chawla
    But it’s too much of a risk going in with only one seamer

  45. #45 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:13 AM

    Is it just me or this pitch isn’t turning as much as expected?

  46. #46 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:16 AM

    Pawan,

    There is only one seamer in Zaheer now? Who is the other seamer you are referring to ๐Ÿ™‚

    Munaf cannot come back now, Aussies have decided they will take him on, and that loser will give it away.

  47. #47 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:17 AM

    Munna is to be blamed for bowling so pathetically and his bowling shifted the momentum in Australia’s favour. India were 40/1 in 10 overs and in the next over they added 46 without any loss of wickets they are 86/1 in 18 overs. UV also bowled a couple of lose deliveries to give Punter the much needed confidence, things are not looking good at the moment.

  48. #48 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:17 AM

    Problems for Dhoni as he finds himself short of an attacking bowler.

    Aussies have decided to play out Harbhajan and go after Yuvraj / Munaf.

    India needed another wicket taking bowler .. I said get Sreesanth the Bandar in .. even if he gives runs it won’t be more than the loser Munaf, so why not, he might have produced a wicket.

  49. #49 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    JAK,

    It is Dhoni’s fault to persist with Munna, he should have been out after SA game, no one would have given him another chance after that, but in Dhoni’s world this is how it works.

    Now he has his work cut out, this partnership must be broken, or else India looking down the barrel.

  50. #50 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    India must get a couple of quick wickets to put a halt on these runs that are coming so easily. The problem so far for India is Harbhajan is not taking wickets.

  51. #51 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    Lol newguy

    But Munfa was always a risk.
    When a team decides to target a bowler, then there is also the risk of a few quick wickets
    I am not defending Dhoni’s deceyen
    But consider what options we have?
    Sreesanth, Munafa and Pappu Chawla, oh yeah I forgot Nehra ๐Ÿ™‚

    All are mediocre kings.
    Its a matter of picking one blindly ๐Ÿ™‚

  52. #52 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:22 AM

    Loser Munaf back, Ponting back to form?

  53. #53 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:23 AM

    Its looking to easy for Australia. Harbajan has so far bowled quite average.

    India has the field way too back. They need to stop the singles to get wickets.

  54. #54 by Varun Suri on March 24, 2011 - 10:24 AM

    I think Dhoni should have tried Sreesanth in this game. so what if he gives runs but after Zaheer he is the only Indian seamer who looks like taking wickets.

    Indian batting will have to win this one for them, don’t see much hope from the bowling.

  55. #55 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:25 AM

    The thing about India is they ensure that a batsman not in form throughout the tournament will get enough chances to come back to form ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. #56 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    Things are not looking good. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    This is the time to get a wicket for India.

  57. #57 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    It’s not that bad still, India need a couple of quick wickets and the game will shift in their favor.

    But who will get wickets?

    India has no Afridi…

  58. #58 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    Joke of the decade – To show his variety Munaf bowls a slower bowl, Lol

  59. #59 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:27 AM

    Varun,

    Sreeshanth was a risk. He can go for many runs. Chawla as a legspinner would have added variety in the spin department.

  60. #60 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:28 AM

    Btw where is Khansahab?

  61. #61 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    Khansahab is busy earning big bucks – thats what lawyers do my friend

  62. #62 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    Its time to bring Zaheer Khan back to get a wicket.

  63. #63 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:30 AM

    Bull headed Dhoni persists with Munafa, the way he did with Joginder Sharma in the T20 WC India won

  64. #64 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:31 AM

    Close your eyes folks, get your helmets on, its Munaaaf time again

  65. #65 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:33 AM

    Will Sachin score a century this match? We don’t know. Well, would he even score a half century? We don’t know that either. The only thing we know is that Munafa will score a half century for sure even if he gets 4 overs ๐Ÿ™‚

    So isn’t Munafa more efficient than Sachin?

  66. #66 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:34 AM

    Haddin gone. Yuvraj takes the wicket.

  67. #67 by Varun Suri on March 24, 2011 - 10:35 AM

    53 runs for haddin. simply a bonus

  68. #68 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:37 AM

    FINALLY Yuvraj got Haddin, although a bit expensive but, worth getting him bowl, because the pitch is favouring spinners and mediocre like Munaf should not have been in the team, perhaps the addition of Chawla would have been better. It is like I said b4 instead of dropping Abdur Rahman in place of Ajmal Pakistan should have dropped Wahab Riaz instead.

    Good break through for India now, because Haddin was getting dangerous.

  69. #69 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:38 AM

    Munaaf Back to give good start to the new batsman

  70. #70 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:39 AM

    Munaf again OH, no. Easy picking on Munaf, the crowd is roaring perhaps they don’t want Munaf either.

  71. #71 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:41 AM

    Dhoni is an OBSTINATE BASTARD, he does what he wants to, and he is paying a price for his stupid pigheaded decision.

  72. #72 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:42 AM

    Can Sehwag bowl or is he not fit for bowling?
    Its a shame that India looking short of a bowler because of Munaf.

  73. #73 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:44 AM

    How much will Australia make and how much can India chase?

  74. #74 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:45 AM

    Sehwag is not fit to bowl

  75. #75 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:45 AM

    Good over by Yuvraj.
    Raina as usual fields well, it is good to see him in the team he lifts the spirits. A positive energy and a tonic for others especially after Munna’s pathetic bowling. I hope he improves his bowling in the next few overs to relieve the pressure of other Indian bowlers.

  76. #76 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:45 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I was also thinking why isn’t Sehwag being bowled. He can spin the ball miles.

  77. #77 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:46 AM

    JAK,

    Yeah, I have been ranting about Dhoni for while now .. he is pig headed, he has got set mind and seems to be in flexible. This will hurt India big time.

    For some reason, I don’t feel really terrible at this point if India loses, because of my dislike for Dhoni, somehow I feel he deserves a lot of heat after a loss.

    But, let’s see if they can win, I still want them to send the Aussies back home.

  78. #78 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:46 AM

    Sagaat – it all depends on how many more overs Munafa bowls

  79. #79 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:46 AM

    Australia is aiming for 260-270
    India can chase that much for sure.

  80. #80 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:46 AM

    Sehwag has had a shoulder injury a while back and since then he hasn’t bowled .. they don’t want to risk making it worse.

  81. #81 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:48 AM

    Australia has won 3 outof 4 matches on this ground against India.

  82. #82 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:48 AM

    India should be able to chase, but the key is an terrific opening. If Sehwag / Tendulkar falls early then it will be very hard.

  83. #83 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:48 AM

    So far the best of Munaf’s over only 4 runs from it.

    Ponting and Clarke will not go for big at the moment they will build a partnership on singles and twos and an occasional four on a lose ball.

  84. #84 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 10:51 AM

    Earlier Australia made 260-odd against Zimbabwe on this ground and Zimbabwe made 170-odd. Seems like the par score would be higher than 225, maybe around 250.

  85. #85 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:53 AM

    Zaheer will be back around 30-32 overs, that will be the key moment in this Australian innings I feel .. how Aussies will take him on and whether he can get a wicket will determine the final score.

  86. #86 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:55 AM

    Either Dhoni is a real Chutiya or is madly in love with Munaf to get convinced by Munaf to go for a DRS, it was so obvious that the ball was high and I was 100% sure that he is not out, but he convinced Dhoni and the DRS proved my point. Dhoni is still calling him MUNNA wo bhee pyaar say.

  87. #87 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:55 AM

    wow, Ponting taking on Munaaf – this should be interesting

  88. #88 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:56 AM

    Sagaat that was Zimbabwe this is India, their batting line up is strongest among all the teams playing this WC.

  89. #89 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 10:58 AM

    newguy

    The point is if a good platform is laid by these two for the HUSSEYS to come and attack, whether Zaheer or Harbhajan they will still be under pressure. So it is important for other bowlers to break this partnership and not let them score big.

  90. #90 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 10:59 AM

    Javed

    On paper, yes, India has the strongest batting line up ๐Ÿ™‚
    But you see on paper Munaaf is a better bowler than Yuvraj

  91. #91 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:00 AM

    khansahab is not making money but, he has some real tough assignments and he is not happy because he is dying to see cricket live but, he can’t.

  92. #92 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:00 AM

    Tendulkar to bowl

  93. #93 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:03 AM

    Looks like Sachin will bowl his legspinners as the Aussies struggles against pappu Chawla last time

  94. #94 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:03 AM

    Whao, that was a big turn by Tendulkar, but he bowled a couple of full tosses and somehow Punter missed them hitting big.

  95. #95 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:04 AM

    Traditionally score should be doubles after 30 overs to find out the final score.
    So the Aussies will score at least 280

  96. #96 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:05 AM

    clarke gone
    OUT
    UV strikes again

  97. #97 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:06 AM

    Lol Yuvraj giving strong competition to Afridi – both are batsman first – Well Afridi should be now regarded as a bowler ๐Ÿ™‚
    Will the same thing happen with Yuvraj?

  98. #98 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:07 AM

    Looking at this pitch it would have been better to have Chawla in place of Munaf, traditionally the captains and coach they dont want to make drastic changes or go out of the box, they want to keep at least 2 fast bowlers in the team when one is enough. The wicket is good for spinners so pack your battalion with infantry.

  99. #99 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:08 AM

    PONTING scores his first 50 of the tournament.

  100. #100 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:09 AM

    ZAHEER into the attack now.
    four overs for sixteen so far his figures are so lets see how he fares now?

  101. #101 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:10 AM

    Oh no, where is our strike bowler Munaaf when we need him to give good starts to the new batsmen? This is dissapointing

  102. #102 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:11 AM

    Cricinfo continues its obsession with Sachin — “Zaheer gets a ball. The Sachin experiment has ended. In a sense, it has worked. He came into the attack. India got a wicket.” – Ridiculous

  103. #103 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:20 AM

    BOWLED HIM
    ZAHEER BOWLED HUSSEY

  104. #104 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:21 AM

    Match quite even now

  105. #105 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 11:22 AM

    What a ball from Zaheer. As I said earlier, his comeback always produces good things for India.

    They must get Punter out now, not later, but now. He is the key here.

    C’mon, Harbhajan show us you are more than just empty talk.

  106. #106 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:22 AM

    Mike Hussey is out of form and I have never seen him play like this before, even against Pakistan he was off colour. So, good omen for India that he is out and other than Ponting there is another out of form Cameron White and David Hussey hasn’t played much. India can put pressure and restrict Aussies from here.

  107. #107 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 11:23 AM

    Pawan,

    I think India slightly favorites now. Australia may fold from here.

  108. #108 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:24 AM

    Man, its cold here, it is end of March and it is still -8C and I need to get into my bed for a while to curl up, snuggle and watch the match from my bed. so, I am taking a short break now.

  109. #109 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:28 AM

    Sagaat

    You are forgetting – Munaaf still has 4 overs to go.

  110. #110 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 11:45 AM

    Idiot Dhoni wasted a second review. Now India has zero review left. As he went for the review even before the replay I knew it would get turned down. It’s all about probabilities, if umpire ruled out caught behind then it is very difficult to prove it otherwise through review. One would think these captains will know it. But we may be crediting too much intelligence just because they know how to play cricket doesn’t mean they also have a logical brain.

    Wasted reviews by Chutiya Dhoni.

  111. #111 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 11:46 AM

    Get Ponting out now, India, someone, don’t give him a hundred. He is playing for his life here, staring down the barrel of selectors, and trying to come back to life. Stop him now.

  112. #112 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:50 AM

    Munaaf is all we have newguy – such magnanimity of that man – he can proudly tell his grandchildren that he resurrected the career of Ricky Ponting

  113. #113 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 11:51 AM

    Pig headed Dhoni’s love affair with loser Munaf continues .. again hit for four. I wish I could smack Dhoni over and pound some sense into him. Stubborn idiot. Ponting is running away to a hundred here and gaining in confidence.

    Munaf the match loser loses it for India.

  114. #114 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 11:51 AM

    They didn’t bowl bouncers. Missed a trick.

  115. #115 by Pawan on March 24, 2011 - 11:54 AM

    Sagaat, lol, bouncers at Munaaf’s pace?

  116. #116 by Varun Suri on March 24, 2011 - 12:38 PM

    There is no need bashing up Munfa and Nehra as they are the best we’ve got out of 1.2 billion Indians. If they have reached that level that means that there is no one better than them at the moment.

  117. #117 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 12:44 PM

    261 is the final score. Australia may have a slight edge. But there isn’t A LOT of turn in this pitch. The bounce isn’t two-paced either. In other words it is a slow pitch on which it is hard to score. Indians will have to bat with patience to win this.

  118. #118 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 12:52 PM

    Varun,

    I disagree with you on the assertion that if Munaf and Nehra reached where they are then that means they are the best available. Everyone knows how the politics of selection works in the sub continent. Munaf surely has got more than skills going on to get selected. There are much better bowlers than both in the country, heck even Irfan Pathan could do better. Sreesanth is sitting idle and there was no harm trying him out today.

    Anyhow, the score is par for the ground, and overall not a terrible job by the much maligned Indian bowling unit.

    The so called great Indian batting line up to show their true worth.

    This is what it comes down to. India has always said batting is their strength and they have banked on it heavily.

    Surely 261 is not a big score for the greatest batting line up in the world.

    We shall know in 3 hours.

  119. #119 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 12:54 PM

    Ponting played the innings of his life. Fighting for his place, his captaincy, his team. He played a chanceless innings. Not dominant by Ponting standards, but he did the job for his team. Much as I hate to admit, Ponting proved today how strong he is mentally on a big occasion.

  120. #120 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 12:56 PM

    I won’t be able to post during India innings. It’s also going to be very tense chase, I don’t think I can watch Sachin or Sehwag get out early and then see what follows. I will try to come back much later during the day after match is over. Hope this match lives up to the hype.

  121. #121 by Varun Suri on March 24, 2011 - 1:04 PM

    OKay guys, I am off to a friend’s place to see the Indian innings. Let’s see if we can make it to the Semis!!

  122. #122 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 1:05 PM

    Oops I got it wrong. The markets are favoring India. The markets are giving India around 60:40 favorites.

  123. #123 by Sagaat on March 24, 2011 - 1:55 PM

    According to the odds, India are the hot favorites now. 40-0

  124. #124 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 4:35 PM

    Sagaat,

    What do you do for living โ“ ๐Ÿ˜€

    BTW, how much are you making today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  125. #125 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 4:39 PM

    I am just loving the Punter’s face expressions now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  126. #126 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 5:07 PM

    I WAS WAITING FOR THIS MOMENT to see PUNTER going back home. Well done India, congratulations to all Indian friends.

    See you in Mohali, but then I will be supporting Pakistan ๐Ÿ˜€

  127. #127 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 5:10 PM

    Yuvraj and Raina played for the crowd whereas, Dhoni played for the country, his lucky 7 wasn’t so lucky for him personally but for the country yes, India won. Dhoni should eat his words now.

    The mother all the matches in this world cup shall be played in Mohali.

  128. #128 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 5:16 PM


    So it’s confirmed then ….

    India Vs Pakistan.

    Wednesday 30th March @ Mohali.

  129. #129 by Mohammed Munir on March 24, 2011 - 5:32 PM


    Congratulations to All Indian Fans, specially our Indian Bloggers.

    It was worth seeing the Australians’ Pichhwara. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  130. #130 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 6:46 PM

    Hi Guys,

    What a match!!! More importantly, Australia knocked out. Punter disgraced, and the disgraceful Aussie cheats are out. Did you all see the cheap tricks in the field today, Brett Lee pressuring umpire first up, and then Watson taking a “catch” from the ground which Punter forced umpire to review without using his one remaining review. After all that, they lost.

    The arrogant prick Tait was hit around the park.

    After Sachin and Sehwag gave an excellent start, I knew India are in with a very good chance to get 261, the only time I panicked was when Dhoni gave away his wicket. His contribution 7 runs!!! there was no need to play that stupid shot at that time. Dhoni / Yuvraj should have taken India home. But we got chance to try Raina, and get his confidence up. Raina is always a clean striker to come at #7.

    If Dhoni gets his form back then India look really good.

    But they must get rid of match loser Munaf, and bring Sreesanth in. I doubt Dhoni will pay attention now that they won.

    Most important of all – INDIA VS. PAKISTAN in the WC Semi Final.

    What a game we will have on March 30th.

  131. #131 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 6:57 PM

    I have been visiting one popular Pak cricket blog in last two days, and quite frankly I was very disappointed with a lot of bravado and anti India comments from Pakistan supporters. I never post in any other cricket blogs, but here, since all of you here are really level headed.

    But I was hurt and disappointed with many Pakistan supporters chest thumping, like no else exist and the cup is Pakistan’s.

    Today I am really relieved that Australia is knocked out.

    It’s not just because India did it, but the fact Australia cannot win this cup anymore.

    I want India to maintain their unbeaten WC record against Pakistan in the Semis ๐Ÿ™‚

    But if India lose to Pakistan, it’s not the end of world for me. I would rather have India lose to Pakistan than Australia or South Africa.

    I know many Indians do not want it that way, but I think it is important to win against Australia and South Africa. Of course, it is important to win the semi and go to final. So I support them in that.

    As far as India is concerned, one man standing between them is Shahid Afridi!!!

    This time Afridi the bowler and not the batsman. India must play him out safely and then I think rest of the bowlers are not threatening.

    In many ways this is an even game for both teams, because both are not great fielding sides, Pakistan has slight edge in bowling because of Afridi. India has slight edge in batting.

    This will be a cracker. 50/50 chance to both teams. Toss would not matter. It will be flat belter in Mohali.

    Welcome to India for Pakistan team and all fans. I hope Indians will treat the players and fans with great love and care.

    Beat them for sure in the game, but treat them with love ๐Ÿ™‚

  132. #132 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 7:16 PM

    Newguy

    I can understand your sentiments and it is unfortunate that many individuals on both sides of the border take this rivalry too personally.

    The good thing is that you will find that people who are more educated and who have actually lived with and experienced other cultures are less jingoistic.

    Congratulations to India for this victory and I am sure Indian morale must be sky high (it should be too) because beating Australia in a QF is almost too good to be true. The guillotine has come down on Australia and this is a painful realisation for them that they are not world beaters anymore.The reality of Australia is that a team which has won the past 3 WC’s consecutively and comprehensively has now been ousted in the QF stage.

    For Aussies this will take days if not months to sink in.

    Every rule and tenure comes to an end and my wholehearted congratulations to Indians that they were responsible for Australia’s exit.

  133. #133 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 7:26 PM

    newguy

    Yes, I can imagine what a match it will be, all I want is a good match and not one sided. I am also happy that Australia is out of the tournament, I think there are millions who are like me. Almost everyone wanted them to be out.

    As regards those Pakistani bloggers on that particular blog, this is nothing new, I have seen them and I don’t feel like writing there. Also, I have seen similar Indian blogs and message boards where Indians curse Pakistanis and vice versa because there is no moderator. And there are blogs where they have regional biases and that is one of the reasons I don’t even visit those blogs. Anyways, these are trivial things, and we should ignore them and the best way is by not visiting them. I believe Patriotism is one thing and vulgarity is another, these guys get vulgar to show their patriotism. It shows their class and where the come from?

    As regards bowling, it is not just Shahid Afridi but, Umar Gul is also bowling very well. The only weak link is Wahab Riaz, and I am not sure whether he will play or they will give Shoaib one last chance? Since the wicket is flat playing too many spinners may not be a good idea for Pakistan. Perhaps they will stick with Riaz because, he is new to Indian batsmen besides he is a lefty. He needs to be advised by Waqar on controlling his line especially when he bowls on the pads or outside the leg stump for the right hand batsmen.

    India’s batting is definitely strong not only on paper but in reality too and it will be a real test for Pakistani bowlers to get them out cheaply, for this they have to field flawlessly and not miss any chances, that includes not only catches, but stumping and run outs too. Saeed Ajmal is a big “Khadda” in the fielding department.

    We shall be writing a special thread on India Pakistan semifinal and we will discuss the details in it.

  134. #134 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 7:37 PM

    newguy

    I saw their cheap tricks and their arrogance but, the good thing is you don’t have to see that anymore. They are gone with the wind !

    Tait was not only taunting at Raina but, he was cursing him after sending a bouncer which he couldn’t play properly. It was good that Raina did not pay much attention to that sledging and cursing. You have to be level headed and not lose your cool especially in a tense situation like this.

    Dhoni played a nothing shot, straight into the hands of MJ Clarke and one Australian commentator, I think it was ….what’s his name? The one who was Sri Lankan coach for sometime, anyways he said, oh what a great catch it went on his wrong side and he still took it. But, to me it looked like a straightforward and a simple catch. Dhoni’s highest score in this tournament is 22 ?

    From Pakistan’s perspective the danger men are:

    1. Yuvraj
    2. Sehwag
    3. Tendulkar

    Gambhir, Dhoni, Kohli and Raina are good batsmen but, those who pose the real danger is the 123 above.

    From the bowling side, Harbhajan could have been a real threat on his home ground but, so far he is unsuccessful in taking wickets, Ashwin is new to Pakistan and they have no clue about his bowling so they have to be very, very careful and not get tempted. When he got Wattoo on the last delivery of the mandatory 10 overs, I knew that it was a psychological dent in the Aussies psyche, because just before that Ian Chappell was bragging that Watson has a history of scoring big in big matches and he scored a century in semifinal and final in the previous world cups, I am not sure but this is what he said.

  135. #135 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 7:50 PM

    How come English players suffer from depression when they come to the sub-continent? Michael Yardy has gone back home because of acute depression. A few years ago when England was touring India, Marcus Trescothick broke down and was a victim of depression. I don’t understand why? Is it their own poor performance or, has it got something to do with the environment, food or, lack of alcohol or what? To me it sounds very bizarre. Mike Gatting is also one who was the victim of depression. His reverse flick was his downfall and his brawl with Pakistani umpire Shakoor Rana was unpardonable and to our surprise the whole of English team got a reward of ONE THOUSAND pounds sterling in the name of “Hardship Allowance” as if their visit to India and Pakistan was a kind of rigorous imprisonment?

    If that is the case then they should be sent to Australia and Canada to join their ancestors who were sent to these countries as a punishment. Perhaps most people are not aware that not only Australia, but even in Canada the inmates from England, Ireland and Scotland were sent here and so were the prostitutes, yeh unhee ki aulaadain hain aaj jo hukmaraan hain yahan ki.

  136. #136 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 8:26 PM

    I am watching the highlights now of today’s match. India’s fielding was electric today it seems. I have never seen India field so well.

    Ponting proved he is truly a world class batsman by scoring a 100 in this match. Certainly one of the best all time batsmen.

  137. #137 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 8:35 PM

    Pakistan should apologise to Bangladesh for atrocities: Imran

    Islamabad: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan said the Pakistan government should officially apologise to the people of Bangladesh for atrocities allegedly committed by the Pakistan Army in the 1971 war.

    Khan said this during a television show on Geo News and Geo Super TV channels yesterday while analysing the cricket match between Pakistan and West Indies played at Mirpur in Bangladesh.

    The host of the show asked Khan about the expected behaviour of the Bangladeshi crowd in Mirpur and he said the Bangladeshis would support the Pakistani cricket team.

    The host then asked Khan whether the time had come for the Pakistan government to apologise to the people of Bangladesh for the Army operation of 1971.

    Khan said he was previously of the opinion that the Army operation was “a good thing” because there was no independent media in Pakistan in 1971.

    Khan said when he went to Britain in 1971, his Bengali friends told him about the “reality” of the Pakistan Army operation in erstwhile East Pakistan.

    He said Army operations always created hatred and “we must apologise to the Bangladeshis”.

  138. #138 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 8:38 PM

    Semi final will be one sided in India’s favour: Sanjay Manjrekar

  139. #139 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 8:47 PM

    Take a bow Ponting. Great player.

  140. #140 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 8:53 PM

    Javed A Khan

    I think Yuvraj is not a danger man only because of his batting, but also because of his left arm spin. That is because Pakistan batsmen tend not to play left arm spin as well as right arm spin.

    Key players for Pakistan are Afridi, Younis and U Akmal. Younis must rise to the occasion.

    Pakistan’s specialists need to perform to beat India. India will play Hafeez and Razzaq easily, Umar Gul needs to give the performance of his life.

  141. #141 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:27 PM

    Khansahab,

    Where did you find that Manjrekar quote? I wonder what he was smoking when he said semi final will be one sided contest in favor of India. If anything, India is the one with weak link in bowling. Unlike Australia and other countries that do not play spin, India cannot hide Munaf Patel from batsmen by bowling part timers. Pakistan’s batsmen will cream the likes of Raina and even Yuvraj. Then Munna Patel will be creamed all over the park. Not to speak about Afridi’s variations, Afridi will be big threat in the middle overs, if he picks up three middle order batmen then it is virtually game over. I hope Manjrekar is not actually wanting a Pakistan win, so he is jinxing India ๐Ÿ˜‰

  142. #142 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 9:30 PM

    Newguy

    According to reliable sources Manjrekar said that in his Cricinfo analysis.

  143. #143 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:30 PM

    Did Ponting play selfishly today for a hundred?

    Because he played very slowly and his strike rate was in 80 range, where as after his 100 he went for risky shots, before that he did not. Was he playing for glory of a hundred in a big QF and save his back, but compromised his team position.

    Australia were 20-30 runs short in the end, because India won with 3 overs remaining, that is after they threw away three wickets.

    I don’t know, but for once instead of Tendulkar, it is Ponting who scored a hundred but his team lost ๐Ÿ˜‰

  144. #144 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 9:33 PM

    Khansahab,

    India fielding was really good today, reason for that is Raina and Kohli mainly. My favorite whipping boy Munaf did not get many balls in his area, otherwise we could have seen what he is capable of (helping opposition).

  145. #145 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 9:35 PM

    Newguy

    Will India win or Pakistan? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tell me NOW.

  146. #146 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 10:00 PM

    Khansahab,

    Honestly I don’t know who will win .. had I thought one team had advantage I would have said so. I think it is 50/50 chance. Pitch will be full of runs for sure. Whoever holds the nerves better at key moments will win.

  147. #147 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 10:20 PM

    Dear bloggers

    We will be covering the India v Pakistan match live on the blog on the 30th. We have taken time off from our respective duties and commitments in order to cover this match and we ask that you ALL join us.

    This extends to irregular bloggers like 420, Salman from the Indian camp and Kasim sahab, Arshad, Amir, Naser etc from the Pakistan camp.

    Munir sahab, Sagaat, Newguy, Pawan and Varun- we look forward to you assisting us with live coverage.

    See you ALL on the 30th.

  148. #148 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:03 PM

    khansahab & newguy

    It is true, India Pakistan match is a 50/50 and no one can predict the result before hand it all depends on the pitch and also the mental strength of the team and the players, whoever comes stronger will win.

    As for Pakistan it is better that Australia is not in the semifinals because, for Pakistan it would have been very difficult to beat Australia for the second time in a row, a feat that Pakistan has never achieved, they could have done against New Zealand, West Indies and even Sri Lanka but, not against Australia. Therefore, while playing against a new team in the tournament, Pakistan’s chances of winning are more than losing it.

    They can certainly beat India as they have done it in the past. In the past Pakistan has beaten India not twice in a row but four, five times in a row. (Nehru Cup 6-1) and even that loss was due to Abdul Qadir’s stupidity. But, Pakistan has not beaten India lately and has never beaten them in any of the world cup matches. So, India too has an advantage over Pakistan and vice versa, that is why it is anyone’s game.

  149. #149 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 24, 2011 - 11:15 PM

    khansahab

    Imran Khan’s problem is while talking about the environment and global warming he can suddenly switch to politics or talk about cricket. I dunno what is the need of bring this ‘apologizing’ subject at this time?

    Secondly, if he says that he is not aware of the atrocities because, there was no independent media, then he is either an idiot or, a big liar. Yes the media was not as independent as it is today but, there were so many other sources like the BBC, Voice of America, All India Radio etc., that the whole situation was known to almost everyone in Pakistan. People knew about the army atrocities and people also knew about “mukhti bahini” atrocities too.

    I was also in Pakistan then and I remember listening to these news agencies on radio and most people were aware of the situation not only because of the media reports but, also because of people talking about them i.e., those who were in East Pakistan then and came back to West Pakistan.

    Imran Khan was either in his adolescence or he was so dumb that he knew nothing about what is going on, it is only when he went to the UK in 1971 his Bengali friends briefed him. Mind you the war started in December 1971 and lasted for about 2-3 weeks, so he went after Christmas to the UK to get this news? He should be thinking before he open his BIG mouth.

  150. #150 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 11:16 PM

    Each one of us wanted India to win: Intikhab Alam

    India still needed 12-odd runs to go past the Australian total but Pakistan manager Intikhab Alam, following the quarterfinal action on TV in Mirpur, had no doubt about his teamโ€™s semifinal opponent in Mohali on March 30. The man who had once trained the Punjab Ranji team, backed his one-time ward Yuvraj Singh to do it for India.

    โ€œNot just me, every member of the Pakistan team wanted India to win. Playing India motivates the team. You can call it a World Cup final of sorts. We were all glued to the television all evening,โ€ said the 69-year-old former Pakistan legspinner.

    Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, a veteran of several high-pressure Indo-Pak games, gave a drift of the pep talk he intended to give to his players in the coming days. โ€œI am not someone who would say things like โ€˜Bring it onโ€™ or anything. I would just say โ€˜take it easyโ€™. We have enough time before the semis,โ€ he said.

    The hero of Pakistanโ€™s quarterfinal decimation of the West Indies, Mohammad Hafeez, said he canโ€™t wait to walk into a jampacked Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.

    โ€œIt will be really exciting to play India. The atmosphere will be really electrifying. Playing in front of an Indian crowd will be interesting. I hope India and Pakistan play more matches in future,โ€ Hafeez said.

  151. #151 by khansahab on March 24, 2011 - 11:21 PM

    It is amazing how despite the tensions between Pakistan and India, the two Punjabs of the countries have been on amicable terms.

    Inti Alam has coached Indian Punjab whereas BCCI would otherwise never consider appointing Wasim Akram has coach of the national team, or any other Pakistani for that matter.

    Recently Ijaz Butt announced that Indian Punjab team would be touring Pakistani Punjab.

    Every year the Punjab government in Pakistan welcomes hundreds of Sikhs and offers them excellent treatment whilst they tour Sikh holy sites in Pakistan Punjab.

  152. #152 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 11:55 PM

    Khansahab,

    This not anything new that people in Punjab from both sides will be friendly, regional affinity in the sub-continent is a sub-text of nationalism, sometimes it trumps national identity. I think similar thing exist between the two Bengalis as well. Shared language and shared culture is a big motivation that transcends nationalism.

  153. #153 by newguy on March 24, 2011 - 11:59 PM

    Javed Khan,

    I recall the 6-1 ODI series very well, it was back in 1986-87 I believe, and the 1 win was due to Abdul Qadir running for a second in a tied match and getting run out. But that was a different Pakistan team my friend, it was far superior, I was young then and watches the whole series, match after match thinking India will win next one, but Pakistan always found a way to win. One match it will be Saleem Malik playing a whirlwind innings, another it will Miandad, then another it will be Imran and Akram, so on .. I won’t talk about Sharjah matches though, because there was umpiring bias against Indians there in many matches, notwithstanding the fact Pakistan still would have found a way to beat India back then.

  154. #154 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 1:30 AM

    newguy

    Of course I know it was a different team and I have written it further that Pakistan has not beaten India lately and India has good batsmen in this current team also Pakistan has never beaten India in any of the world cups so India too has an advantage.

    I remember that Kolkata match in which Saleem Malik played a vital part in winning that match from no where. Pakistan needed 72 runs to win in 6 overs and Saleem Malik thrashed Maninder Singh for 23 runs in his over and Kapil Dev was very angry and exchanged a few words with Maninder who threw the ball at Kapil Dev and went away. Kapil bowled the next over and conceded 22 runs. So, 45 runs were scored in just 2 overs and the match was literally over. I was in London then, we were watching this match live on TV at work, one of our colleagues Naresh gave the office boy some money to bring sweets by the time he came back the match was over and Naresh was so disappointed that he did not touch the sweets.

    I can tell that this match will not be easy to win for both teams that is why it is a 50/50 chance for both.

  155. #155 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 2:40 AM

    JAK,

    Agree, this match is going to be tough.

    But that Kolkatta match I recall very well, it was shocker during those days to score 72 runs in 6 overs. Saleem Malik had 50 partnership with Wasim Akram where Akram scored just 3 runs. That win was also from a hopeless position after Pakistan were 7 down. Those days these things were unimaginable, but Pakistan had some daring players.

  156. #156 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 6:14 AM

    newguy

    In this team too Pakistan has some real daring players like, Afridi, Razzaq, Umar Akmal and even Kamran Akmal when the going is good. Afridi and Razzaq have played many more and much better innings than Saleem Malik played that one innings plus another one in WI. Yes, during those days the style was different and it started to change after that and the advent of 20/20 it changed completely, we have seen the change not only in ODI’s but even in test matches.

    If Pakistan have those 4 players I have mentioned above, India too have players like Sehwag and Yuvraj who can change the complexion of the game in no time. It is only a matter of clicking at the right time and we will never know until that happens. I have a feeling that Afridi will score big in this match.

  157. #157 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 6:43 AM

    I have heard that ESPN interview with Sanjay Manjrekar and in the end he did say that it will be a one sided match with Pakistan and India is a much superior team than Pakistan. Well, Mr. Manjreker let us see IF it is a one sided match then. If Pakistan loses they will cross the border, if India loses they have no place to go. ๐Ÿ˜€

    The pressure that these people like Manjrekar, the public and the media in general are building up will be more of a burden for the Indian team than it is for Pakistan team. I was also surprised to hear how Manjrekar was praising Dhoni’s captaincy and his cool headed leadership. To me it appeared more like buttering than anything else because, Dhoni did nothing in this match or in any of these WC matches, it is Sehwag, Tendulkar, Gambhir, Yuvraj have won these matches for India and not Dhoni. Dhoni is born to be lucky and getting credit for nothing.

    In Today’s match against Australia, Ricky Ponting scored a century in other words he did Tendulkar’s job and yet they lost the match. Whereas, a few of the Indian batsmen scored 50’s and that was enough to win. Hopefully, if the top order of Pakistan scores 40-50 runs each then they don’t need heroes, it is only a team effort that is needed to win.

    If India’s batting is superior on paper then, Pakistan’s bowling is better than India’s. Wahab Riaz if he is played again, which I think they will play him, will be new to Indian batsmen and he could prove to be very effective and Gul has always bowled good against India. Afridi’s bowling form is at the moment peaking and if he can do the damage then everything that is on paper will remain on paper. Therefore, it is better not to boast before the match and keep your emotions under control Mr. Majrekar.

  158. #158 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 6:49 AM

    PUNTER PREDICTS INDIA WILL WIN AGAINST PAKISTAN

    AHMEDABAD: Australia captain Ricky Ponting predicted India would beat Pakistan when the arch-rivals meet in the World Cup semi-finals after seeing the co-hosts end his teamโ€™s 12-year run as champions.

    Ponting made his first international century in over a year when Australia batted but it wasnโ€™t enough as India, thanks to an unbeaten 57 from Yuvraj Singh, won by five wickets after finishing on 261 for five with 14 balls to spare.

    โ€œIf you look at their attacks, theyโ€™re quite similar,โ€ said Ponting, who in Australiaโ€™s preceding final group match saw Pakistan end the title-holdersโ€™ 34-match unbeaten streak at the World Cup.

    โ€œPakistan played the quicks against us, (Abdul) Razzaq and (Umar) Gul and (Wahab) Riaz played that game as well and heโ€™s done a pretty good job for them.They used a lot of their spin.

    โ€œHow do I compare the bowling attacks? Itโ€™s pretty hard to say, but I think India will beat Pakistan in the semi-final.โ€ Ponting added of the March 30 clash in Mohali: โ€œWe all know how fierce a rivalry it is between Pakistan and India so Iโ€™m sure thatโ€™s going to be a very entertaining semi-final.

    โ€œIndia have a got a great chance now. Their batting is very powerful and they bat quite deep.โ€

  159. #159 by amir on March 25, 2011 - 10:02 AM

    i agree with u guys that it will b 50/50 for both teams. And there wil b no favourates. Another thing is that if pakistan never beat india in world cup then india has also never beaten pakistan at mohali. Anyone whos gona play better on the day wil win. Gud luck pakistan.

  160. #160 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 12:09 PM

    I agree with you guys that these so called experts and pundits should shut about who is going to win, blah blah, and leave it to the teams. I never liked Manjrekar very much, he has got a huge complex, may be because he failed to live up to expectations as a batsman, he tried to be over smart with his comments, and pseudo intelligence. I can’t think of only one reason for him to praise Indian team so much, to get on some good media deals. Money talks.

    India cannot apply same strategy for Pakistan like how they play against Aus / SA and think of winning. Pakistan have no problem playing medium pacers or spinners who have been somewhat successful against other teams. Pakistani batsmen is only scared of genuine pace or swing bowling. This is why Zaheer and Sreesanth should open bowling, both can swing the ball in helpful conditions.

  161. #161 by Ali Ahad on March 25, 2011 - 2:08 PM

    I have writing after a long time on this blog, but the Pak – India semi is the mother of all matches again both team have a 50/50 chance. I also read Sanjay Manjreker and I believe his analysis based on the same old history that Pakistan have never won a match against India in a world cup and I want to analyze the history in a bit more detail. So Pakistan played 4 matches in world cup one in 92, then 96 (quater-final) 99 (super six) and 03. Yes they have beaten Pakistan but mostly in round robin match or a quater final but not in a semi final, so on that basis it’s a pretty even contest. Secondly, India have lost both (87 and 96) of the semi finals when they played at home so may be history can repeat it self. Lastly, Pakistan have a better ODI record against India, so some one should ask Mr. Manjreker how he is predicting a one sided contest when India have always lost in semi when they play at home, for me it will be a great battle of bat and ball and let the best team win.

  162. #162 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 2:27 PM

    Hey guys, has anyone seen Hashim Amla’s dismissal? Its bizarre, to me it was a very obvious bump ball rising up after hitting the ground and yet, he was given out? I tried to replay it again and again and still can’t believe he was given out? And why didn’t they appeal?

    And, what a catch Jacob Oram has just taken to dismiss Kallis et Tabarnak, only Jacob Oram could have taken that catch at the boundary because of his height.

    CHOKERS are 108/3 in 24 over. Just a couple of wickets here and they will suffocate.

  163. #163 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 2:36 PM

    Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan wants to see fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar restored to the Pakistan team if it plays India in the World Cup semifinals.

    There you go, Imran Khan keeps on blabbering. Shoaib can go wrong against the likes of Sehwag and Tendulkar and Pakistan will never recover from the shock, a similar situation in one of those WC in SA was it 2003? At that time he was young and fast and was as usual bowling short and wide and got punished. What is the point of playing him when he has that kinda history against these two players? Pakistan will regret very much if they play him against India. No one is afraid of the speed anymore.

  164. #164 by amir on March 25, 2011 - 2:45 PM

    JAK
    on amlas dismisal the ball hit wicketkeepers boot rather then ground so it was out. But very unfortunate way of geting out. Yeah kalis is gone but stil backing proteas to win it. As i m writing duminy is gone also. Interesting but stil backing sa.

  165. #165 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 2:52 PM

    Not only Duminy but ABCD has also gone and SA are 122/5 and they are about to choke to death.

  166. #166 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 2:53 PM

    Javed,

    Hashim Amla had a very wierd dismissal, it was not a bump ball, the ball hit WK McCullum’s boots and bounced to slip, it is legal since it did not hit the ground. They reviewed and gave out.

    SA will not choke, not today anyway, they are a different team now, that win against India will give them confidence, they have many bits and pieced players that can hit a few runs coming down the order. As I write this, Duminy is out, let’s see what happens. But I think this time lower order will hold their nerve. It will be a shame not have SA in semis.

    As for Akhtar I agree, India got off to a rousing start against Steyn and Morkel, as well as Lee and Tait, I don’t think Akhtar will offer anything new. He might be wayward and he is more than likely to be taken to cleaners by Sehwag / Tendulkar, it is sure that both will take risks and whether it pay off as it has so far is different question, but they will take risks and go for runs. So if India gets off to a start it will be pressure on Pakistan like they have not faced so far in the tournament. Pakistan’s best chance is to get early breakthrough, and for this they need shrewd bowlers, India has weakness against slow bowlers who are hard to get away, Indian batsmen like ball coming on to the bat, they struggle when ball do not come to bat easily, then they make mistakes by trying to hit hard. Watson dismissal of Sehwag is good example.

    One thing all these western commentators don’t understand is how Pakistan plays India and vice versa, so they go by strength on paper and how they both play against other teams. But when they come face to face, because of their similarities in style of playing the gap is narrowed.

    Pakistan’s big test will be handling pressure, same for India if they lose quick wickets. Let the game begin, I am not paying any attention to any stats or comments, these virtually are useless. All that matters is it’s a semi final and both team are equally capable of beating each other. Toss won’t matter either.

  167. #167 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 2:59 PM

    Thanks amir and newguy

    Actually when Amla was out, I was sleeping and they showed the replay from only angle and my repeating and repeating the same shot did not give me any conclusive result and I thought it was a bump ball. Of course it makes sense now that the ball hit the wicketkeepers toe and went up.

    I am supporting NZ because they are underdogs and with AB back in the pavilion SA is under pressure for sure. Two new batsmen at the crease but are good but I dunno if they can handle pressure, perhaps the one sitting in – Peterson – is capable of hitting big and may turn the fortunes for SA. Anyways, lets see the match has now become very interesting.

  168. #168 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 3:00 PM

    Well .. well .. a brilliant catch in the deep from Oram off a ball that going for SIX and then a brilliant run out has created opening for NZ. What NZ lacks with ball they make it with effort in field. Always a fighting side that won’t be run over easily.

    Now 96 to get with all top order batsmen gone. Advantage NZ, I might have to eat my words? Let’s how much the tail has matured.

  169. #169 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 3:02 PM

    Yes, this match has come alive, it was going one sided, but NZ with their fighting spirit in the field has created opening.

  170. #170 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 3:05 PM

    Jacob Oram clean bowled Bootha and the chokers are choking 128/6

  171. #171 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 3:06 PM

    The lone danger man Peterson has arrived if he is gone then the others will fall apart, SA is struggling here.

  172. #172 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 3:13 PM

    Jacob Oram got Peterson
    The chokers are choking
    The chokers are choking
    The chokers are choking
    The chokers are choking

  173. #173 by Mohammed Munir on March 25, 2011 - 3:16 PM

    SA is paying the price for playing 5 bowlers and fewer batters.

  174. #174 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 3:27 PM

    Styen GONE with a Stain

  175. #175 by Mohammed Munir on March 25, 2011 - 3:27 PM

    With NZ winning, the Sri Lankans will have a cake-walk in the QF as well as SF. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  176. #176 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 3:28 PM

    They are 146/8 and a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way to go

  177. #177 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 3:30 PM

    Munir

    SL needs to eat the English muffins first and then think of the Kiwi fruit, the English team is not easy to beat. You’ll see that tomorrow.
    People were saying this match between SA and NZ will be one sided even after the completion of NZ innings the views were same and see what is happening now?

  178. #178 by Mohammed Munir on March 25, 2011 - 3:47 PM

    Javed Khan …

    Sri Lankan Lions will be more then happy to eat the English muffins as well as the Kiwi Fruits, because these Lions are vegetarians. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I think in Sri Lanka the English will be no match for Sri Lankans and ‘MMM’ will not only walk but dance all over the England.

  179. #179 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 3:48 PM

    If DuPlessis can take SA home from here on with help from Morkel then it will be huge feat for SA. They won a tight game against India in the league, but then they had ABD, and it was a different pitch, plus not a knockout match.

    They surely seem to follow the script of chocking ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Munir, why would you think NZ is a cake walk for anyone if they can beat SA in a knockout. They create so much pressure from fielding and catching alone. Opposition teams regularly underestimate NZ and they always punch above their weight in ICC events.

  180. #180 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 3:50 PM

    I think SL-Eng will depend a lot on toss and who bats first. If a team post more than 250 at the Premadasa stadium then it is hard to chase under lights, even Sangakkara recently said that games in India do not depend on toss unlike at the Premadasa in Colombo. Low scores can be chased.

  181. #181 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 3:54 PM

    DuPlessi gone! Last nail in coffin for SA .. it’s official .. CHOCKERS have CHOCKED.

    What a performance by the under rated Kiwis.

    Fancy a Kiwi fruit any one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  182. #182 by Mohammed Munir on March 25, 2011 - 3:56 PM

    Newguy,

    I am not a big SL fan but NZ doesn’t have it in them to win big tournaments. Plus Sri Lankans beat them easily in the group game.

    Fielding alone can never win you matches.

  183. #183 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 3:57 PM

    CHOKERS GONE
    WOW WHAT A WIN FOR NZ

  184. #184 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 4:07 PM

    Before the tournament a lot of people were saying that the final will be between Australia and South Africa. Both are out at the quarterfinal stage and now there are many surprises in the bag. I don’t think Sri Lanka can beat England easily unless England do something really foolish.

    New Zealand would be comfortable playing England as opposed to Sri Lanka in the semifinal. Someone was saying the other day that it will be an England / Pakistan final to repeat the 1992 WC but, that is just a wishful thinking. Cricket is a funny game, New Zealand won today because of their self-belief, determination, excellent fielding and very good bowling.

  185. #185 by Sagaat on March 25, 2011 - 4:47 PM

    Javed Khan,

    Have you noticed that Pakistan has been in the semi-finals of the last 4 world cups (including 20/20). Once lost the final to India in a close match, a semi-final to Australia in a close match, once won the final, and now in a semi-final again. I think Pakistan has been the best team in major tournaments in the last 4 world cups. Now lets see if India can withold pakistan ๐Ÿ˜‰

  186. #186 by khansahab on March 25, 2011 - 5:01 PM

    We are not going to let Sachin score his 100th century against usAfridi

  187. #187 by khansahab on March 25, 2011 - 5:07 PM

    There is a Moulvi who comes on ARY who predicts who will win these matches using Quranic formulae.

    He is pitted against an astrologist, a cricket expert and a non cricket expert.

    This Moulvi has an amazing record of getting his predictions right. Yesterday he predicted that NZ would win. Everyone else opposite him said that SA would win because this time their team is stronger. But the Moulvi replied saying, “I know SA is the strongest team but according to my findings NZ is the winner, I don’t know how and why but that is what my findings are saying”.

    He also predicted that India would defeat Australia, people need to watch out for this guy because he has an amazing success rate.

  188. #188 by khansahab on March 25, 2011 - 5:09 PM

    Akhtar should play against India“: Wasim Akram

  189. #189 by khansahab on March 25, 2011 - 6:21 PM

    Oh my God that ARY Moulvi has just predicted that India’s batting will fail against Pakistan and Pakistan will win.

  190. #190 by Mohammed Munir on March 25, 2011 - 6:54 PM

    Khansahab …

    I am almost always watching that ARY Program and saw it yesterday too. This program is called ‘Har Lamha PurJosh’.

    BTW, not only did that Moulvi said that NZ will win but he also said that NZ will bat first and by batting first their chances of winning will become even stronger.

    On similar note, there is poem in Pakistan about the Indian parrot who used to predict and he predicted Pakistani win and Indian owner killed him because of the fear of RSS / Bal Thaa-Karay.

    Shaheed Totay Ka Khoon Rung Laaiga
    Pakistan Zaroor Iss Daffa Cup Uthaaiga ๐Ÿ˜‰

  191. #191 by Mohammed Munir on March 25, 2011 - 7:11 PM

    Indian PM Manmohan Singh has invited President Asif Ali Zardari and PM Yousuf Raza Gilani to Mohali for the India/ Pakistan Semi Final.

  192. #192 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 8:52 PM

    Yar, I don’t believe in Tota Shota and Moulvi Pundits too. It is a game and the better team, especially the one who plays better on that day wins, period.

    Munir

    Totay ka gatota daboch ker mara gaya, koi khoon nahee nikla, so there will be no rung either. ๐Ÿ˜€

  193. #193 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 8:53 PM

    Wasim Akhtat is Imran Khan’s TOTA, whatever he says, he echoes.
    The other day Imran said, Akhtar should play and now Wasim is echoing his words through his posterior end. What a bloody chamcha he is.

  194. #194 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 9:00 PM

    KHANA JANGI IN SIALKOT

    Sania Mirza says she supports India
    Shoaib Malik says he supports Pakastan

    Ghar may Mia BV ki larai, it is called KHANA JANGI IN BAVARCHI KHANA

    I wonder when they’ll have kids whom they will support?

    PS.

    I think this conflict extend from the kitchen to the bedroom ๐Ÿ˜€

  195. #195 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 10:02 PM

    Munir,

    It is true that NZ haven’t won any major ICC events and may not go beyond semis this time too, but getting to semis for NZ is punching above their weight as no one expects them there. Fielding alone does not win matches? yeah, probably right, but if you have some runs on board like they did today then some electric fielding can win the game.

    The catch to dismiss Kallis that was going for six otherwise and the run out of a supremely fit athlete like AB DeVilliers are the two moments that tilted the game to NZ. Two big batsmen gone and SA were under pressure from there.

  196. #196 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 10:06 PM

    NZ were drubbed 4-0 by Bangaldesh and 5-0 by India in the sub continent just a few months prior to WC, look what they have done now, knocked out a team that was fancied to have the best balance and form to get to the final.

  197. #197 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 25, 2011 - 10:22 PM

    newguy

    Exactly that is what Vettori said, “this is the ground we were beaten by Bangladesh 4-0, but today we played with determination and got ourselves through against the toughest side of the tournament.”

    SA since 1992 have always been knocked out of the tournament in the first KO game and this is the 6th time. The only other exception was in 2003 when they were bowled by the weather against SL.

    Now, the match between SL and England, everyone is considering SL as favourites not only because of their home ground and home crowd but, because of better bowling and better batting. But, I will not be surprised if England beats them. Then it will be England Vs. New Zealand in the semis. Perhaps they will halt NZ’s march into the final as NZ has never been into the final but this doesn’t mean they can i.e., why I am saying perhaps. But, NZ is a very fit team and there is no super hero among them they are pretty balanced and can upset any team like they did to Pakistan in the round match.

    Since every, Tota, Shota, Khota is predicting the finals let me also say whom I think will be in the final? And, my prediction shall be proved right or wrong within the next 20 hours.

    Pakistan vs. England.

  198. #198 by khansahab on March 25, 2011 - 11:01 PM

    There are various factors that may influence the India-Pakistan game:

    Momentum: At the moment I will say both sides are equal in this area. Pakistan are very high on this because they have faced a dream run in this tournament and some players are delivering their career best performances (Hafeez, Gul etc). Whatever India lost mentally against England and South Africa, they gained against Australia. Their victory was clinical and comprehensive. So I will say momentum does not swing necessarily in any one team’s favour.

    Pitch condition: I think this is again equal. One would think that the seam-friendly track would benefit Pakistan more but then Indian batsmen can also in turn play seam better.

    Crowd: Slightly in India’s favour. Since the crowd will predominantly be from Indian Punjab, Pakistani cricketers will feel more at home there so I don’t think the “hostile Indian crowd” argument should be overplayed here. That said, a home crowd remains a home crowd.

    Historic performance: This definitely goes in India’s favour simply because they have never lost to Pakistan in a WC.

    Batting: India again has an edge here clearly, not just because of the matchless Sehwag and SRT, but also because of the form of Yuvraj, plus their middle order of Kohli, Dhoni, Raina etc is more consistent than U Akmal, Misbah, Afridi and Razzaq.

    Bowling: Pakistan have the edge here. Although Zaheer Khan is bowling well, Pakistan’s Umar Gul is also in form. Pakistan’s spin attack is more potent than India’s. Whoever Pakistan’s second fast bowler may be (Riaz or Akhtar), they will be more effective than Munaf or Sreesanth.

    Fielding: India has a slight edge because of Kohli and Raina. Pakistan need to be very careful with these two fielders.

    All rounders: If they fire, Pakistan will have the edge. If the specialists can do their job and Hafeez, Afridi and Razzaq can pick wickets and score quick runs, Pakistan will win. India has Yuvraj whose bowling may make an impression against Pakistan.

    Finally, the most important factor is luck and whichever team plays well on the day will obviously win. At the moment the factors do weigh a little in favour of India, but on the day anything can happen. From India’s point of view they will have to look out for Afridi’s bowling as the slightest lapse in concentration can mean that Afridi dismisses them. However from Pakistan’s point of view it is important they run carefully when Kohli and Raina are fielding, they will also have to play Zaheer Khan carefully because they can’t treat him like how they have historically treated Indian pacers.

    Pakistan has the potential to get SRT and Sehwag out cheaply but they must field flawlessly and bowl tightly if they want to do this. Once these two batsmen are out the rest of the order will become vulnerable.

  199. #199 by khansahab on March 25, 2011 - 11:19 PM

    Afridi should open in important matches. Since there is zero guarantee he will make any useful score, he should be used as a wildcard. All that the team needs from him is a score of 25 from 15 balls. If he can do that then not only does that utilise the Powerplay properly it also affects the opposition mentally.

    I am hoping Afridi is planning things outside the box for the semi final. I would use the following line up:

    Hafeez
    Afridi
    Razzaq
    K Akmal
    Younis
    U Akmal
    Shafiq
    Shahzad
    Gul
    Riaz
    Ajmal

    There are two consolidators here (Younis and Shafiq), 4 attackers (Afridi, K Akmal, Razzaq and Shahzad) and two players who can adopt both roles- U Akmal and Hafeez. This to me is a very balanced line up.

    Imran Khan wants Afridi to send Younis and Misbah up the order, but I disagree with this because firstly they are not in form and secondly they will play slow and Misbah plays selfishly.

    If the strategy is to attack then my line up is ideal (and I don’t understand why the strategy should be to not attack). However if the strategy is what Pakistan has been following so far- top order plays carefully, then they can pay heed to Imran’s advice because Younis and Misbah can bat better in slow gear than Akmal and Shafiq.

  200. #200 by khansahab on March 25, 2011 - 11:24 PM

    One more thing, with Pakistan’s batting strategy of top order plays slow, they have been unable to pass 325 so far in this WC (against a major team anyway), but with my line up there is a chance they can cross 300.

    I don’t think they can expect 300+ scores on the current form of Younis and Misbah, especially considering that these two are vested with the lion’s share of the responsibility.

  201. #201 by newguy on March 25, 2011 - 11:44 PM

    Khansahab,

    I think one major factor that might affect Pakistan is that they have not been tested under a pressure situation so far in this WC. Their win over major teams have come fairly easily, their last two games were chasing very low totals against opponents who just did not put up a fight in scoring a big total. Pakistan will not get such low total against India unless Indian batting somehow collapse dramatically, something they hadn’t done against three strong bowling units. They have not been asked to defend a total under pressure and they haven’t had to chase a big total. If and when this happens is when we will see how Pakistan will handle the situation.

    I think India has the advantage here since they have been playing pressure matches all along. India had three pressure matches against major opposition and they lost only one of them to SA, that too in last over. I think all else being equal, this is one factor that will be on India’s side.

    If it is an easy game, like Indian batting crumble for a low total then Pakistan has advantage, but if it comes down to a tight situation I think India has advantage.

  202. #202 by Sagaat on March 26, 2011 - 12:17 AM

    Khansahab,

    To win against India the big players will have to have a big day. Which means the mercurial Afridi, Gul, and Razzaq will have to have a good day with steady support from Younis and Misbah.

  203. #203 by Sagaat on March 26, 2011 - 12:22 AM

    Newguy,

    India has a good chance, but Pakistan has mercurial players which can win a match on their day, too. Misbah and Younis have a liking towards Indian bowlers, especially the spinners. In fact if bowling shows up for Pakistan, they will be in a good position. If India make 350-370 odd, then Pakistan will have no chance, but anything around 300 is chaseable.

  204. #204 by newguy on March 26, 2011 - 12:59 AM

    Sagaat,

    Pakistan of course do have several match winners as you listed, no doubt. What said though is not at all about skills, about handling pressure situation, noting that Pakistan has not been tested in this regard so far. This is not to say they cannot handle it when they get there, just an observation that they haven’t faced it yet in this WC, and we have to see how they handle it.

    Chasing 300+ on a 5 match ODI series and winning is very different from the knockout of a World Cup semi final, that is something else, opposition will give no quarters.

    I don’t think 300 is chasable in WC semi final, not just for Pakistan, even for India with their so called batting line up.

  205. #205 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 26, 2011 - 1:39 AM

    newguy

    I want you to express your feelings freely without curbing or suppressing them because, we understand you are supporting India and it is natural like we are supporting Pakistan. Please don’t be under the impression that we might think anything negative about you. After all it is your team and you MUST support your team. I know your comments are always fair and square but, this is a different situation and you should not be bothered about what I may think or other bloggers may think about you. If you are not supporting India then you are NOT patriotic.

  206. #206 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 26, 2011 - 1:45 AM

    khansahab

    The team that you have chosen shows that you have definitely been thinking outside the box because you have left Misbah and replaced him with Ahmad Shahzad, this is not going to happen for sure. Ahmad Shahzad for this WC is written off and they cannot drop Misbah even if Pakistan reaches final and even if Misbah does nothing in the semifinal. So, lets be practical and pragmatic.

    As regards your suggestion of Afridi to open the innings, I have been saying this from the beginning that using him down the order is of no use, he cannot contain his aggression and he gets out trying to hit a six. If he opens the innings he can hit the ball hard and there might by flying edges and even his mishits are closer to the boundary so the 10 over mandatory power play will help him, unless he hits a shot directly into the throat of a fielder or gets out clean bowled. But, like you have said, he should be considered as a wild card and use him, its a gamble if he stays till the first 15 overs the match is in Pakistan’s pocket for sure.

  207. #207 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 26, 2011 - 1:48 AM

    ONE thing that I want to tell to the Pakistani bowlers is when they are bowling the first ball to Sehwag, make sure it is not a warm up sort of ball, because, it has been Sehwag’s strategy to hit a 4 on the first ball of the innings, kinda ” Billi Maarnay Wali Harkat” So, don’t let Sehwag hit a 4 on the first ball, make sure he scores nothing on that ball or he gets out. ๐Ÿ˜€ If he doesn’t hit a 4 on the first ball, he will consider it as a bad omen and his mantra hasn’t worked. If he is out early then India will be on the defensive. If Tendulkar is gone too then they will be totally on the back foot.

  208. #208 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 26, 2011 - 1:54 AM

    khansahab

    Among so many points that you have mentioned above including LUCK, the main thing from my point of view is MENTAL STRENGTH which I guess you have missed it. This is a game of nerves and whichever teams holds its nerves will come out successful. Pakistan should not give up even if there is a slight change or shift in the momentum i.e., if it is tilted in India’s favour. Focus, perseverance, determination to get back at the opponent will definitely keep them on the track and momentum keeps on shifting and changing. So, they should not lose focus and they should be strong mentally and not let them believe that they cannot do, in fact the attitude must be, I CAN DO at individual level and, WE CAN DO at the team level.

  209. #209 by newguy on March 26, 2011 - 3:11 AM

    Javed Khan,

    I am not curbing anything back, and as I have already said I am supporting India.

    But we have to realize this is a game in which both teams have equal chance of winning. We saw today how an under rated NZ team that normally would lose 4 out of 5 times to SA were able to beat them in a crunch game. So all the skill and other advantages we consider for one team v.s the other may not be enough. That is why I believe that skills are what they are and cannot be improved in the next 5 days, what will matter is ability to handle a tight match situation.

    If this were a 5 match ODI series then I will back India to beat Pakistan over the course of 5 matches, because of their overall consistency factor. But it isn’t, so I cannot say because of so and so India will win, or because of so and so Pakistan will win.

    As I said in a close match India might outplay Pakistan because of their overall experience in such situations recently, compared to how Pakistan has managed to lose close matches.

    I don’t think it is valuable to compare run and wickets taken in Sri Lankan pitches to that of Indian pitches. I think many Pakistan supporters are looking at how well they bowled in SL pitches and thinking this will carry to Indian pitches. This is a mistake. SL pitches offer less runs and offer more assistance to bowlers due to their variable bounce and slowness. I know this because Indian bowlers were very effective in two series recently where India defeated SL 4-1 margin on both occasions.

    It could be that Pakistan bowlers are really that good, but what I am saying is that we just don’t know it until they actually do bowl in Mohali. We have seen Gul and Afridi before in India, and they weren’t threatening in flat pitches. So, then, we don’t know whether they improved, or if this is SL pitches. Even Mirpur was on the lower and slower side where WI bowled Bangladesh out for 58 and SA bowled them out for 71, then Pakistan bowled WI for 112.

    What I am saying then is India and Pakistan has taken different routes and played on different surfaces and in different situations. Their performance so far is not apples to apples comparison. We will only know a true comparison when they meet in Mohali.

    Long winded to say that, all the analysis everyone doing is not worth much, ability to handle tight situations will be the key factor.

    Also it is a mistake to think 300 runs can be chased in a KO game, just because Pakistan chased 300+ in Mohali in a 5 match ODI series that India won 3-2 eventually, this is not going to repeat. If India makes over 300 runs then it is game set in their favor as the pressure will get Pakistan eventually. Same goes for India too.

    Therefore, in my view a 200 score is ideal for team chasing, and 250 is tight. Lack of penetration in bowling won’t matter, it’s going to be in the mind, there will be pressure.

    I am not going to make any predictions, since I already said my view above why such analysis is not useful. I think in a tight game India has advantage, that’s all I can say.

    In the end, this is a game, not something to tie someone’s national identity or honor.

    BTW, it’s probably not unpatriotic if I don’t support India since I am essentially a non-indian citizen now ๐Ÿ™‚ My allegiance is pledged to my country when I became a citizen of USA. But I understand what you said ๐Ÿ™‚

  210. #210 by newguy on March 26, 2011 - 3:14 AM

    JAK,

    Sehwag already broke that sequence of not hitting a four from first ball in the last game against Australia. He defended the first ball from Brett Lee. But he did hit the third ball for FOUR ๐Ÿ™‚

    Tendulkar on the other hand hit the first two balls he faced for fours.

    Needless to say I will be looking forward to these two gentlemen providing entertainment come Wednesday, and I will be extremely disappointed if one of them gets out, and possibly crest fallen if both get out early.

    I know you are actually looking for the opposite ๐Ÿ™‚

  211. #211 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 26, 2011 - 6:41 AM

    WTF? Who cares whether Zardari or Gilani goes to Mohali to watch the cricket match between India and Pakistan? That MF Zardari is least interested in the team, he has give a free hand to another MF Butt, who announced the WC team captain just 10 days before the tournament and now that Afridi has gelled the team so well and managed to lead the team to the semifinal which is happening after 12 years, instead of giving him the compliments and encouraging the team, the whole media is talking about the visit of Gillani the idiot Prime Minister who looks so uneducated and uncouth, by wearing a designer suit everyday he cannot change the Paindoo looks on his face. Both Zardari and Gillani can go to hell, who cares!

    India is giving Visas to only 1500 Pakistanis who have confirmed tickets for the match. It is not fair, they should have given at least 5000 visas and made some arrangements for the general public rather than these so called MF VIP’s on whom Indian government will spend millions of rupees in security arrangements. It is the people who are more interested in the game and it is the people who deserve more than these bastards.

  212. #212 by khansahab on March 26, 2011 - 7:31 AM

    Javed A Khan

    I heard on some TV channel that Gillani and Zardari only wear designer suits, I think Gillani prefers Gucci. Zardari was once wearing a watch worth $70,000.

    I’ve also heard that once some American diplomat or politician asked a Pakistani diplomat, “Our President can’t afford so many Gucci suits, how can your Prime Minister afford them?”

  213. #213 by khansahab on March 26, 2011 - 7:44 AM

    Waqar Younas’s comments ahead of the Pakastan India game ๐Ÿ™‚

    “We know our opponents are stronger”

    “It is even steven I guess”

    “Whoever holds a nerve will win”

    a room

    a grass

    a Danish (Kaneria)

    a keep

    a nerve

  214. #214 by khansahab on March 26, 2011 - 8:00 AM

    Ijaz Butt‘s recent interview:

    I have done a lot for cricket, made youngsters tour other countries and you can see the result now in front of you.

    Age is no reason for me to retire, people don’t retire in America/China as long as you perform.

    My job is to select captain, it is in the hands of the CEO according to the constitution, I also have the right to over rule any one if I have any objection based on sifarish and low performanes.

    I asked the boys whether they actually spot fixed or not, especially Amir, but he denied it

    After spot fixing, Salman Butt contacted Mazhar Majeed 142 times, as per Scotland Yard, Amir contacted 102 times, Asif 42 times

    Boys are guilty, but its difficult to prove in English Court. But at the end, they got the maximum punishment

    A team from Punjab is coming to Pakistan, we hope this is the first step to restoring ties between India and pak

    India is the major board and they are completely seperate, without them, what can us and Sri Lanka do. They are funding the ICC right now (BCCI) and we can’t match them

    I respect Imran Khan for his cricketing views, but his time and this time is very different.

    Criticism is good for improvement, but when you misinterpret me, that is unacceptable, and this has happened a lot with me. I got fed up with this

  215. #215 by khansahab on March 26, 2011 - 8:21 AM

    Today may be the last match for Murali, the man who chucked his way to so many wickets.

  216. #216 by khansahab on March 26, 2011 - 8:23 AM

    Pakistan has always given India tough time as visiting team: Afridi

    Pakistan’s limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi has said that Pakistan has always given a tough time to India when playing in the neighbouring country, and that his team will plan a better strategy against the hosts in their World Cup semi-final clash in Mohali.

    Afridi, who led his team to a thumping victory against the West Indies in the quarterfinal on Wednesday, said that the morale of his squad is very high, and that each player of the team has a sense of responsibility, especially against India.

    He further said that he had fulfilled the promise of reaching the semi-finals, and now all his boys were confident enough to tackle India and give positive results in the March 30 game.

    “The Pakistan team is ready to compete with any team anywhere and he will plan a strategy according to the situation. The boys are professional cricketers,” The Nation quoted the skipper, as saying.

    Afridi had initially said that his team would prefer to play their quarterfinal or semifinal out of India because of the pressure involved in playing in front of the Indian crowd, but later retracted his statement, saying that Pakistan was willing to play at any venue, including India, as its main emphasis was on cricket and doing well on the field.

    “Of course, every team like to have the crowd supporting them but it doesn’t mean we cannot play in front of fans, who are backing our rival team. There were over 30,000 people supporting Sri Lanka in Colombo but we won that match,” he said.

    Expectations are high in the cricket-crazy region for a mouth-watering Indo-Pak clash for a slot in the World Cup final match to be held at Mumbai on April 2.

    India and Pakistan have not played in any bilateral series since the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008. The Pakistan cricketers have also not played in the Indian Premier League since its first edition in early 2008.

  217. #217 by khansahab on March 26, 2011 - 10:06 AM

    new thread on blog

  218. #218 by Sagaat on March 26, 2011 - 10:19 AM

    Khansahab,

    I agree with you that Afridi shoul open. If he makes a 50-100 in a big match, then that could well be decisive. But do you think that they would tamper with the Akmal-Hafeez opening pair?

  219. #219 by Mohammed Munir on March 26, 2011 - 10:21 AM

    Guys,

    We need India/ Pakistan New Thread ASAP.

    Why are we talking about the all important semi final over here โ“ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  220. #220 by Mohammed Munir on March 26, 2011 - 10:26 AM

    Although it says new thread is on the blog but can’t see one yet.

  221. #221 by JAVED A. KHAN on March 26, 2011 - 10:29 AM

    Munir reload your page

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