Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Pakistan vs India Asia Cup cricket 2008: Who will win?

India-Pakistan rival has become a common affair for cricket fans. Both teams have already played few more ODI matches last month in tri-series. Now, cricket beloved fans are going to view some rival match in the Asia Cup tournament between them once again. You will be happy to know that both India and Pakistan will face each other once again in Super Four round on 2nd July. This match will be held at the National Stadium, Karachi. This will be the second face to face one-day match for both of them in Asia Cup tournament. India beat Pakistan in group round by 6 wickets and 47 balls remaining that set them for the second round as a group champion. The sad news is that cricket fans are afraid of security and that is why, they don’t dare to go to stadium to enjoy the match live. I know cricket fans are excited to see the India-Pakistan match and interested to know when the match will kick-off. However, dear fans this match is scheduled to start at 16:00 Pakistan time (10:00 GMT).

Showing impressive performance, Indian team has tagged “favourite” title. Their 140-run win against Pakistan was a big win compare to the score. Without senior stars, India’s form has been pretty good. Young stars are showing their brilliant form. India has started Asia Cup cricket as a hot favorite and got win in all matches. MS Dhoni led India team is showing their consistency of success. India is balanced team. Young bowler Praveen Kumar showed that pace doesn’t necessary. Piyash Chawla has replaced with Harbhajan Singh, who banned for 13 matches for slapping his international team mate Sreesanth. Indian pace spearhead Sreesanth opted out for injury. However, selectors have selected tall fast bowler Manpreet Gony in his place. Being a lot of new comers India look favorite and strong to beat team. However, they are ahead than Pakistan after beating Bangladesh in their first match of Super Four stage. The four-time title win India team should want to continue their success once again.

Pakistan seemed weak in the recent tri-series but they beat India in the final match and won the title. The host team is the hot favorite in this tournament. So, host team should take all the advantage from home ground. Pakistan lost to Sri Lanka in their first match of Super Four stage. So, they are under pressure. They have no choice except win in front of them if they want to compete for the final round. So, one common question can come up the mind of millions of fans that Pakistan can overcome from this situation. We saw Pakistan to come back from death situation. May be they will show their best out put against their arch-rival India team. No doubt, the lacks of two key bowlers- Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif- are suffering Pakistan team a lot. Batting seems the strong part of Pakistan team. Pakistan team should look for Salman Butt who has also average over 50 against India. Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan know the right way to bat. If top batsmen can make protest again, nothing can stop Pakistan team to get win. Pakistani bowlers seem useless. Both Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir is the leading bowler for their team. Sohail Tanvir was one of the best bowlers of the IPL.

At last, I want to want to finish the article to keep a question in your mind that who can win in this match.

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