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Monday, March 28, 2011

India vs Pakistan Preview and Live Score: ICC World Cup Semi-Final

The ICC World Cup semi-final match between India and Pakistan has caught all the attention. This match is said to be the biggest World Cup match even than the final. Millions of eyes are now excitedly waiting to see the clash between these two arch-rival teams.

As it is ICC World Cup tournament, the match between India and Pakistan has become more exciting and nail biting. It seems there will be not a fight between two teams but also millions of fans of these two teams will be seen involving in oral clash.

Now, fans around the world are looking for the second semi-final match on 30 March 2011. With this semi-final match, one of the South Asian teams will be able to play in the final match against the winner of the first semi-final match that will be played between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

As it is going to be played in India so they are expecting to get home advantage and will go in as hot favorites. This match will be played at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Punjab. However, it doesn’t mean that Pakistan cricket team is not that much favorite.

It is hard to predict that who can win the match as both teams have equal chance of winning the match. Both teams have won the match once and they will be eyeing to hold the World Cup trophy once again.

However, Pakistan cricket team has sore record against India in the World Cup history. They have faced four times so far and Pakistan lost all of them. So, they will try their best to come out of their losing streak. No doubt, India will give out their best form to continue their dominance over Pakistan.

Fans are also expected to see the clash between strong batting line up and strong bowling line up. India is known for their strong batting line up while Pakistan has received much acclaim for their superb bowling. Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi is the highest wicket taker. So, Pakistani supporters will expect that Shahid Afridi will show his destructive bowling action against the Indian batsmen and lead his team to the final.

India’s most experienced batsman, Sachin Tendulkar, is just one century away to complete his 100th international century. No doubt, Indian fans should expect to see Sachin Tendulkar adding one more century to his tally. It is the time to see if Shahid Afridi and his team can keep him wait for few matches to make a new record.

Pakistan was the top placed team in Group A. On the other hand, India became the second placed team in Group B. So far Pakistan has lost just one match and their defeat came against New Zealand. India also lost one match against South Africa and tied one against England.

Compared to India, Pakistan has got easier victory against West Indies in the quarter final round. Pakistan thrashed West Indies by 10 wickets. By beating defending champion Australia, India made their place in the semi-final round. They got 5-wicket victory against them. However, it was not as easier as like Pakistan.

The main weakness of Indian team is their bowling line up. Indian bowlers will have to show their best form if they want to make their place in the final round. However, Pakistani skipper and coach should think seriously about their fragile batting line up. Pakistani batsmen will have to play an important role to put an enormous and unbeatable target against their old rival team.

However, in the end, we can say that cricket fans can see an exciting and nail biting match.

This match will be shown live on ESPN Star Sports and Star Cricket. Pakistani people may keep watching on GEO Super to enjoy the match live. In Bangladesh, it will be shown live on BTV.

However, websites like- www.espncricinfo.com, www.action8cricket.com and www.livescore.com, will provide live score of this important match.

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