Match: India vs Pakistan (ICC World Twenty20)
- Today, 30 September 2012
- Venue: Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Team – Pakistan: Unchanged
Team – India: For this do-or-die Super Eight match, India have jettisoned the five bowler policy and made 2 changes. Both Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla have been dropped. In come Virender Sehwag and Laxmipathy Balaji.
India captain Dhoni’s reasoning was that the Pakistan batsmen were good players of spin, therefore India needed to beef up its pace bowling department. And if need be, India has part-time spin options in Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Virender Sehwag.
So who will win, India or Pakistan?
- T20 World Cups Ind vs Pak Head to Head: India 2 – 0 Pakistan (including the win through the bowl out)
On current form, Pakistan are definitely the better side. So you can forget the past record, though it must be underlined that in World Cups (both T20 and ODI) India have had a stranglehold on their neighbours. Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup match, and that is some record.
India (weaknesses): The bowling is definitely India’s problem. Zaheer Khan bowled well in the last match, but otherwise he has been off colour of late. None of the other bowlers including Ashwin have been consistent. That forces Dhoni to a situation where he has to ‘contain’ rather than attack
That doesn’t mean that the batsmen have been on fire. Barring Virat Kohli, none of India’s top batters have been in good form. Yuvraj Singh doesn’t look fully fit yet.
Pakistan (weaknesses): The batting is a cause for worry. Though Mohammad Hafeez has been in good nick. Their World Cup record against India will haunt them as well.
But still, Pakistan will enter the match as firm favourites.
Betting Odds: Pretty close, no clear odds in either favour. So you will have to take it over by over.
Don’t forget that for Pakistan it is not a must win situation. So the pressure on them in this crucial Super Eight match would be that much less. That often can make the difference in the crunch situations.