India - Pakistan in ICC World Cup Semi Final 2011 Showdown
An Overview of Second Semi Final between India-Pakistan
India beat Pakistan in the second semi final encounter. Not much efforts were involved on the part of India to win this match. Drop catches and loose matches is the real reason of defeat for Pakistan in this match. The second reason was the batting of Misbah ul Haq and Younas Khan which built the pressure on other players like Shahid Afridi, Razzaq, Umer Gul and Asad Shafiq. Younas Khan has the dual role in the defeal of Pakistan. First, he dropped an easy chance of Tandulkar and secondly he bated too slowly and get out after playing too much balls and making too little score. Similarly, the beating of Misbahul Haq forced the other players to play unnecessary shots.
No doubt it was a pressure game and Indian team show their best skills. The contribution of their bowling was more than their batting which has many shining stars. Their fielding was also superb.
Pakistan has failed to break through their track record in the Cricket World cup and this was the sixth consecutive win of India over Pakistan in Cricket World Cup. Pakistan is still searching for their first win. What was desperately missing in this game was the passion to win so far as the Pakistan is concerned.
Who dares about the winner of ICC World Cup. Whole world is eyeing at the First Semi Final to be played between arch rivals India & Pakistan. Both teams have convincingly won their matches in quarter finals. Though previous Pakistan could not win even a single encounters in the World, they are now showing their real class.
Pakistan started its ICC World Cup campaign under various controversies. First, the Pakistan was also a host countries inter-alia India and Sri Lanka. However, due to increasing terrorism activities especially attack on Sri Lankan team visiting Pakistan, instigated the ICC to nominate Bangladesh as co-host nation of the ICC World Cup instead of Pakistan. Secondly, the main players of the national team i.e. Muhammad Aamir, Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif were banned on the spot fixing charges. Once it was also under discussion that the Pakistani team should be banned for playing International Cricket for sometime. So under these circumstances Pakistan entered the ICC World Cup and in their first match they outclassed Sri Lanka, a favourite for World Cup. Therafter, Shahid Afridi men continue their journey till they topped the Group A. They also won their match against the current ICC Champion Australia quite convincingly. However, the real momentum they got in the first quarter final when Pakistan beat Windies for 10 wickets. The Afridi men's real threat to India is really seen in this match.
On the other hand, the India started their campaign as a favourite. They are still favourite in the sight of bookies but 99.99% Pakistanis believe that it is Pakistan's turn. They tied against trembling England and lost their match against South Africa, which has lost against New Zealand in the Third Quarter Final. However, India won their second quarter final match against Australia. They comfortably chased the challenging target of 261 runs.
Pakis real strength is the players like Hafeez, Afridi, Razzaq and Umer Akmal. However, their win is totally dependent on the performance of their Wicket Keeper Kamran Akmal. All Pakistanis may hope and it is prayed that he should not get his price from the bookies. Not to remind that he is the most notorious figure in Pakistani Cricket History so far as the gambling is concerned and most astonishingly, he escaped from the recent cleanup operation of Pakistan Cricket Team by the ICC.
So far as India is concerned, they are a big team, full of star betsmen like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvraj Sing and Dhuni. Prior, it was said that their real power is their batting. However, in the recent days their bowling attack has also performed very well. Zaheer Abbas and Harbhajan Singh are their most deadly weapons. What I guess; India would have better chance if they bat first because if Pakistani batting could score a challenging score, it would be difficult for India to achieve the target and face the strong bowling attach of Pakistan.
The overview of first Semi Final cannot be complete without the mention of spectators. Hindu extremists are making attempts to sabotage this match. I hope and pray the situation may not occur like we saw in 1996 World Cup when in India Ski Lanka match the cap was got completed by vacating the whole stadium from the spectators.
Bookies say that India is favourite. However, the winner will the team who God will to win and we all should pray to God for our Team's success. Oh God! this national desperately need this win in these moments when whole non-believers are gathered against it to make it a fail nation. This win show the enemies that this nation has the ability to rise and face every challenge. In these most depressed and humiliating moments we pray to Your Gracious Self to bestow us with this win.