India Vs Pakistan: Super Sunday Super Eight Cricket T20!
Two nations and millions of fans the world over are waiting with bated breath for the titanic clash of the arch-rivals, India and Pakistan in a crucial Super Eight match of the ICC World Cup T20 2012 in Colombo today. Fans would love their favorite team win and the desperation to win for any of the two teams is conditioned by the two passionate nations. This passion is not conditioned though by whatever happens in the tournament later.
The desperation for
is even greater. On superior bowling strength and current performance Pakistan have the edge over India. Add to
this the terrific Pak all-rounders like skipper Hafeez, Jamshed, Afridi and now even Umar Gul. India, on the
other hand, are burdened with the last thrashing by Australia, the Sehwag riddle and
team selection chores. Indian skipper Dhoni has been under fire by many cricket
experts and cricket lovers for omitting Sehwag in the last two games and his
gamble for three spinners. Anyway, the three spinner
tactic is not going to work against Pakistan as they are expert players
of spin. Some point out that Yuvraj Singh is not hundred percent fit and only
emotional reason to have him in is not good enough. Either drop one spinner or
drop Yuvraj and bring Sehwag in for this almost do or die match—seems to be the
mood. Dhoni’s autocratic decisions are not helping his team much at the moment.
If Sehwag is guilty of not playing well against Afghanistan, then several others
are also guilty of the same crime.
The Indian fans are also caught up in this team selection confusion and they were agonized yesterday by media reports that Sehwag did not come in for net practice. Fielding the best possible team is a must, because
India must win
this game to stay alive in the tournament. If Australia win the first game
today against South Africa the India-Pakistan match would be like a knockout—with
a Pak win India will be out. There are several other permutations for the final
standings in the tournament. India’s lowest
net run rate at the moment is also a cause of great concern.
In two largely one-sided low-scoring matches yesterday in Pallekele
England defeated New
Zealand by 6 wickets and Sri
Lanka defeated West Indies
by 9 wickets. Sri Lanka have
almost their place in the semis and New Zealand nearly crashed out of
the tournament. If Sri Lanka win their last encounter against England and New
Zealand defeat West Indies Sri Lanka would be through and there will be a
three-way tie with net run rate deciding.
for the Big one at 7.30 this evening. Enjoy your Sunday!