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Monday, September 24, 2007
 

India Vs Pakistan the big final at Wanderers – Twenty20 World Cup

The dream final of twenty20 what much better than India Vs Pakistan. They will play for the title clash today at wanderers with both the team flying high on confidence. So far the success of Indians lying on following mantras “Play without pressure, play to enjoy the game, express yourself, and don't worry about the results”. This is the success stories of M.S. Dhoni army and they were very successful doing this.

So far both India and Pakistan have lost just one match each going into the final, India going down to New Zealand in a Super Eights match and Pakistan losing to India in a preliminary league tie that saw the first 'bowl out' of the championship.

there's been a noticeable strategy to their batting too: keep wickets in hand through the early overs, even if the scoring rate isn't outstanding, so that even outrageous risks are possible in the latter part of the innings. "The first five overs are important but not as much as the last eight overs," Dhoni explained on the eve of the match. "Against New Zealand [Virender] Sehwag and [Gautam] Gambhir gave us a terrific start but we couldn't capitalise and played poorly in the last few overs. With wickets in hand even 10-12 runs per over is possible in the last overs." The game against Australia was the perfect example of this strategy, as only 48 came from the first nine overs, while the last 11 yielded 140.

Yuvraj's scores have been spectacular, but even more than the runs scored, what has been stunning is the manner in which he has struck those sixes and fours - virtually all of them have been clean hits, thumped into spots which have been clinically picked, with strokes that seemed almost risk-free. Another match of similarly breathtaking strokes, and India will have taken a giant step towards holding the winner's trophy.

The bowling has had several stars too: RP Singh has been the most prominent with some outstanding new-ball spells and nine wickets in the tournament, but the others have played equally vital parts. Harbhajan Singh has been terrific at the death, firing them into the blockhole seemingly at will, Irfan Pathan has regained his control and consistency, while Sreesanth bowled one of the best spells of the tournament against Australia (though his excessive appealing earned him a censure both from the match referee and his captain later).

If Indians won the toss they would like to bat first, since they have only played one games and lost one in this tournament chasing a target of 190 against New Zealand at Wanderers.

Likely Squad for Both Teams (Match will begin from 17:30 PM India Time)

Indian Squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautham Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt, wk), Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Joginder Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, S. Sreesanth, RP Singh

Pakistan Sqaud: Imran Nazir, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik (capt), Misbah-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Asif, Umar Gul, Sohail Tanvir

 

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posted by KANISH RANJAN @ 10:20 AM  
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