India v Pakistan, Asia Cup, Mirpur

Stakes high in marquee clash

The Preview by Karthik Krishnaswamy

March 1, 2014

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Match facts

March 2, 2014
Start time 1400 local (0800 GMT)

Pakistani fans cheer in the stands, India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Edgbaston, June 15, 2013
India and Pakistan face each other for the first time since the Champions Trophy © AFP
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Series/Tournaments: Asia Cup
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India and Pakistan have won one match each, and have each lost a close game against Sri Lanka. It's a cliché to call this India-Pakistan meeting a virtual semi-final, but that, under the circumstances, might well ring true. Neither side has performed to anything like full capacity so far. India's bowlers didn't look particularly threatening even against Bangladesh, and Pakistan's top-order tardiness nearly cost them against Afghanistan. Both teams made match-turning errors against Sri Lanka.

Ordinarily, as has been the case throughout the recent history of the two sides, this would be billed as a clash between India's batsmen and Pakistan's bowlers. Those are still the respective teams' strong suits, but an inexperienced middle-order might put India at a disadvantage in that particular mini-contest. Pakistan will also be playing an India side that could be a little low on confidence, having won only one out of their last nine completed ODI matches.

A lot of Pakistan's batsmen looked good out in the middle in their first two games, but nearly all of them threw their wickets away with silly shots or, in the case of their captain Misbah-ul-Haq, a comedy run-out. After their match against Afghanistan, Misbah said the batsmen couldn't afford to keep repeating the same mistakes, but indicated he would keep faith in the same batting order. Fawad Alam waits in the wings, but it might be a little unfair on Sharjeel Khan or Sohaib Maqsood to single one of them out for two displays of collective carelessness.

Zaheer Abbas, Pakistan's chief cricket consultant, said on Saturday that the rash shots might have been cases of the batsmen looking to get out of jail on a sluggish Fatullah pitch. The ball, he said, was likely to come on a little quicker in Mirpur.

Pakistan's players trained on Saturday, while the Indians - barring Varun Aaron and Cheteshwar Pujara - didn't. Aaron bowled to a dummy batsman, with a circular target attached to the net behind off stump, while Pujara faced a group of net bowlers who were barely club class. Of the two, Aaron seems likelier to play against Pakistan, with India perhaps looking to give their middle-order combination one more chance before making any changes. With no one talking to the media, though, this remains pure conjecture.

Aaron hardly covered himself in glory against Bangladesh, and was left out for the allrounder Stuart Binny for the Sri Lanka game. Binny, in that match, was out for a duck and only bowled four overs. More than their respective displays, the shift in venue might prompt India to go back to having a genuine third seamer.

Spinners have more or less similar records in Fatullah and Mirpur, but the quicker bowlers have done distinctly better at the Shere Bangla National Stadium. India have Aaron and Ishwar Pandey to choose between for that third seamer's slot, but the amount of time Aaron spent bowling on Saturday suggests he might have a role to play.

Form guide

(Completed matches, most recent first)


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Bhuvneshwar Kumar made an impressive international debut against Pakistan 14 months ago, and has looked good with the new ball so far in the tournament without having the wickets to show for it. He also seems to have worked on his death bowling, and was particularly accurate with his yorkers against Bangladesh. That aspect of his game suffered against Sri Lanka, with dew making it difficult to grip the ball, but it will help India greatly if he can hit the blockhole consistently in this game.

Ahmed Shehzad's gotten off to fine starts in both his innings so far, but he will want to make bigger scores than 28 and 50. Shehzad has the spiky hair and prominent eyebrows of Virat Kohli, and some of his shots suggest a comparable level of talent. There's no better way to prove that than making big score against India.

Match facts

If the pitch in Mirpur plays true to its history, India will want a genuine third seamer rather than a medium-pace-bowling allrounder. This means Varun Aaron might come back in for Stuart Binny, but the side is likely to remain unchanged otherwise.

India (likely): 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Ajinkya Rahane, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ambati Rayudu, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron.

Pakistan's top-order hasn't been consistent, and Shahid Afridi, in his current avatar, seems to be occupying a place too high in the batting order, but they are unlikely to make any changes from their eleven against Afghanistan.

Pakistan (likely): 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Sohaib Maqsood, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Anwar Ali, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Junaid Khan.

Stats and trivia

  • If he plays, Ravindra Jadeja will make his 100th ODI appearance .
  • The last meeting between India and Pakistan in Mirpur, in March 2012, was Sachin Tendulkar's last ODI appearance.


"It is more of a media creation. It is not really for the players. They play their normal game. The pressure always comes from the public as they want their country to win."
Pakistan cricket consultant Zaheer Abbas on the pressures of India-Pakistan cricket

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.

Posted by JohnSnider on (March 2, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

Kohli's twin brother Ahmad Shehzad , I cant recognize who is Kohli and who is Shehzad these all Indian Pakistani all look same to me. India has great batting side Pak has no answer for that while Bowling Pak has 20 percent advantage over India, overall what I see big brother has 51 to 49 advantage. The difference is only Afridi. If he could last three overs game is over in Pak favor'. Shahid come out swinging on every ball when would he learn to play cricket. I guess when he retires and say I should have stop that ball can Pak give me another chance. He is dangerous tiger in a cage a great entertainer for world of cricket. I am Pakistani strangely I want the tie so their countries do not feel bad. It is always a war out there but for players it is just a game but spectators are the problem from each country. Spectators from both countries should be banned from the game.I am Pakistani but I was born in India so I am on both sides equally so Tie would be the best solution for me.

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (March 2, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

Rayudu looks as listless as ever. Rahane can best play a supporting role and not dominate an attack as good as Pak.Karthik played a shocking shot 3rd ball and disappoints more often than not.Sharma. So this batting order means they cannot get a good score unless Kohli scores a 120+.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 8:02 GMT)

who ever win today will get a trash for the life time from Mighty Sri Lankans on Finals..... !!!

Posted by ARAISULBL on (March 2, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

India don't deserve to win the match with such kind of team. India need yuvraj dhoni raina. Shewag/Gamvir will better than rohit in the opening position. Because he slow the runrate and got out quickly. He does not consistent. More over such kind of slow start does not match with indian batting line up. India has a very poor bowling line up. So they have to be attacking in the batting. Pakistan need good batting to win this game. Best of luck pakistan and India......

Posted by Gullay on (March 2, 2014, 8:00 GMT)

It's a big day indeed and I think it's the sort of game today where every player will want to leave a positive mark for their respective team. Emotions and expectations are on a high for sure! All the very best Team Pakistan! :D #teampakforlife

Posted by _IndiaRocks on (March 2, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

Bold move by Captain Kohli - for Binny Out and Mishra In.

India need to set 280-300 Target.

Misbah-ul-Haq took Bold decision too as Pakistan failed to chase more than 250 runs since Feb 2011 in their last 12 matches and last time Pakistan successfully chased against India was in July 2008 in Karachi.

But it's all new day and new game. Hope better teams win. Best wishes to both #IndvsPak

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

Toss outcome should be made automatically alternative between any 2 teams, so no toss for every match, so on a long term basis both the teams get equal number of toss wins. Captains like dhoni keeps on winning almost every toss where other captains hardly win even one toss, it is shame really. Toss does give some advantage in many matches. Of course a good team should win irrespective of whether they win the toss or not, but it is not fair for a luck factor like toss to have so much impact in a serious game like cricket. I am sure the moment dhoni returns he will start winning the toss again. Captains like sourav, sachin, dravid have lost so many matches due to not winning the toss and now kholi too experiencing this poor luck issue. While dhoni fans wants the current toss approach to continue whereas dhoni non-fans like me want this toss format to be changed so it should be made automatically alternative win or loss instead of tossing coin each time.

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

kohli dont want people from bangalore in rcb also he avoided karnataka people. in indian team also hes not allowing binny to grow. give binny chance atlest 0.5% of the chances given to rohit and raina he will show power of bangaloreans.jai karnataka

Posted by kochumvk on (March 2, 2014, 7:57 GMT)

BCCI is clearly not giving any importance to this tournament? Selecting guys like Rayudu when Gauti, Yuvi, Raina, Viru, Uthappa are sitting at home, India can actually ground a better 11 than this one just with unselected players. BCCI WILL RUIN INDIAN CRICKET before world cricket!

Posted by vivekmoosa on (March 2, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

throw rohit out and allow rahane to open.keep binny give him chance

Posted by Anukalp_23 on (March 2, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

It means ambhati raydu will play the 2015 wc squad ... with indian skipper's their is so much obfuscation going on, can't imagine pujara not playing on aus and nz bouncy pitches .... credit to whole team management they have a very short term goal and are so much consistent with their plans to give away the wc title so easily :(

Posted by Snambidi on (March 2, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Let the old heros& commentators make any remarks.they do make their remarks & comments base on old glory& not on practical present time. Indian Captains decision to include Spinner is a good decision for sure. Pakistan's chances are comparatively less because no batsmen are nowadays worried about Syed Ajmal's bowling.His golden Days seems to be the story of the last many matches he has not achieved more than 2 wickets. And the illusion that dew would help is just illusion.there does not appear to have that much dews in the night.Even if it is so,a good bowler need not worry about the weather conditions.India too do not have any specialized bowler like Shane Warne,Muralidharan or Glen Megrath. My over enthusiasm& confidence in Indian Batting tells me that India has an edge in this match.I believe what said by Venkatesh Prasad that PAK has weakness in Chasing & Indians are better in this Deptt though the absence of M.S.Dhoni is a worrying factor. But I feel today belongs to IND

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (March 2, 2014, 7:47 GMT)

No rocket science, "holding nerves" will decide the outcome of today's crunch game. Secondly "dew factor", (hence "the toss" - bat second) will be a massive advantage. MS Dhoni's absence have depleted/left a big hole in Indian middle order. Pakistani bowling is not at their usual best, Ajmal is losing his earlier "zip" and Junaid's swing is missing while Umar Gul has probably past his golden years. Although Indian bowlers are leaking too many runs in death overs, I particularly like the boom-ranging deliveries of Bhuvneshwar. Indian batting relies heavily on Kohli/Dhawan - rest are average (striving to cement their places in team). Pakistan batting (as usual) is brittle/unpredictable. Afridi is no more a factor either in bowling and/ batting/fielding! Ground realities point towards another Indian victory - BUT THE HEART FIRMLY BELIVES THAT PAKISTAN COME OUT ON TOP ! Go Paki Go - ya beauty !

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:44 GMT)

Afridi is more likely to click against India... as per tradition. PAKISTAN do or die.....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

That's not a toss or something else, that might be the last of of the last over which decides the side of victory in Indo-Pak Cricket Match.

Posted by humi_cric on (March 2, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Pakistan won the toss and bowl first. So, if we give the two headings to two sessions of the game, first one "Clash of Titans" and the second half " who is worst or clash of minnows". All the best to both teams but being a Pakistani I want to see Pak win. Talha inclusion is a gamble, he can leak runs or take two or three early wickets.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

Playing IX India :1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Cheteshwar Pujara, 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Ambati Rayudu, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Varun Aaron/ Ishwar Pandey. Indian are saying, we have good batting. why they r going one extra batsman always. why don't go with 4 bowler and 1 all rounder

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

in 2dys match the one ho wll ply wid strong nvrs wll b winner. good luck my Pakistan....!!!!!

Posted by kumar_anindian on (March 2, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

If Indian bowling clicks against mediocre Pakistan bowling,India wins.If Pakistan batting clicks against medicore India bowling,Pakistan wins,as simple as that.But the key to Indian victory would be NOT DROPPING catches and Amit Mishra in place of Stuart Binny.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

Dinesh karthik please dont be lethargic. we would have won easily against the one man sanga team. SL.

Posted by RapidCommentsPlz on (March 2, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

Another SRILANKAN FAN in disguise here-@KOHLI KUTTU . Wow they love us so much

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

Ro-hit u have to perform

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 7:19 GMT)

Iam afraid is Indian team selection is for future plan or completly demolish its confidence.

With current team we and afg or same who want to prove the world. i think indian team should not be put in such state. please decision maker.

Posted by ashish_maverick on (March 2, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

Both teams have there respective Strength (India's Batting and Pakistan's Bowling), if both team's learn from there mistakes from past, i hope we should see some amazing game of cricket! India's Batting haven't clicked much as Pakistan's bowling, Both teams should play aggressively and intelligently.

Posted by Naked_Cricket on (March 2, 2014, 7:17 GMT)


If kohi get 30+ india win 70%. If Dhawan get 50+ india win 70% If Dhawan gets 70+ india win 100%. If Ashwin take 2+ India win 70%.

All those happened but at the end India Lost. What about today ...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:15 GMT)

wow ...! cant wait to see that clash .. india is fav at the moment and as we know indian batsmen always feel uncofortable against pacer so pakistan should include bilawal bhatti who can bowl 140+ and he can also be used as a hard hitter . so bilawal bhatti should replace anwar ali .. best of luck Misbah n team

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

It is pressure and precious game for both teams. Loser will be out of competition. First ten overs will be decisive for this virtual semi final of Asia Cup 2014

Posted by kohli_kuttu on (March 2, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

our team india should go play in iceland. We can't play in Fast pitches and now we cant even play in our favourite flat tracks. We should go play in Iceland and start playing on ice. we might have some hope there since the bowl will bounce only toe high.

Posted by dganger on (March 2, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

I think this is the weakest Indian team to play against Pakistan in this decade. Being an Indian I just hope this guys can deliver. Its like going back to 90's where Indian team was heavily dependent on one man Sachin tendulkar and now its Virat Kohli. Without the callibre and temperment of Yuvraj, Shewag, gambhir, MSD and unpredictable Rains this has to b weakest Indian batting line up. So good chance for Pakistan to improve their records against India In multi team tournaments. All the best Indian team and may the better team of the day wins. Looking for a great fight and contest from both the team.

Posted by SaqiBadshah on (March 2, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

this blog is funny..

watch out from bhav kumar bowling and ahmed shehzad hairstyle eyes brows like kholi.lolll ...

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

Rohit need to be a middle order guy. As a opener he gives negative influence to the next batsman.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

Pakistan MUST put their heads down amongst all these praises from the oppositions. Thank you nonetheless. The SA Under-19 Captain praised the Pak team after their semi-final win against australia and PK U-19 batting came down crashing in the final like a pack of cards. Take the game as a new day while willing to give 100%. Hoping for special performances from youngsters like Shehzad, Sharjeel, Sohaib, U-Akmal and Junaid.

Posted by sumit1982 on (March 2, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

I think India captain need to play three spinner and play Binny instead of aoron ,binny got some variation which aoron missing.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Both teams are in the same position this time. The match will be depand on performance, which team will give his best, will win. I hope inshaAllah Pakistan will win.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Hope rohit makes it count today

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

bleed blue , and make it through to the semis!! go INDIA go !!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

Pak will win 2day...coz of their gr8 bowling attack & indian's inxperienced middle order...

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 6:58 GMT)

Try with pandey surely would helpful instead of binny again on whom you are not confident to give the ball. please dont waste the match by wrong selection and dont want to use them appropriately as well.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

it would be great match to watch... if Pak bat 1st than they have to score 300+ to save the game... If India Bat 1st 275 would be enough to defend.. All depends on Pak Batting... which can change game...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

Disagreeing with Oracle_Magus, the toss is indeed consequential, unless of course Misbah forgets that Indians are more likely to win while chasing. India has always felt more relieved when they are on the chase, no matter what side they are up against.

If Pakistan are to win today they must win the toss, put India to bat and brace themselves for a good contest.

Nevertheless, I feel for the cricketing fans when it's a Pakistan Vs India game. They always find themselves choking on their edibles, gasping for a bit of air, groping around for a towel or something; hell yeah, it's rivalry at its best!

Posted by No_1_again on (March 2, 2014, 6:52 GMT)

Match of the tournanment - LOL -- may be audience wise , both teams can't even play well against SL. My money is on PAK.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

Indian openers need to give positive influence to the team. They should not struggle and give wrong impression to the remaining batting lineup.

Posted by WaqasAhmedButt on (March 2, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

It is well said by Agarkar ' if Pakistani batsmen played well then Pakistan is favorite to win this game'. So we hope best for Pakistan to win this game. Good luck PAKISTAN.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:40 GMT)


It is very necessary to take wicket at early stage, which India is continuously recently lacking. Binny is not a bowler who can take wicker at early stage. There are already two spinners therefore you can't take liberty of fielding 3 spinners when due is playing role. And when you don't have effective part time bowlers like Raina Yuvraj, you can't think of playing with just four bowlers. Therefore, you must give a positive look to Pandey.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:38 GMT)

Go Green Go! Hafeez & Afirdi will show their class!

Posted by cheguramana on (March 2, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

I hope the Indian team fails mite force BCCI to take a hard look at what exactly the problems of Indian team are...if India wins, all recent losses wl be forgotten... And Indian team wl continue in its mediocre rut...

Posted by BABashar on (March 2, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

I agree with Oracle Magus this will be MATCH OF THE TOURNAMENT. Regardless of who wins, the crowd and viewers would definitely love to see neck-to-neck battle between the two arch rivals. Looking at the weaknesses from both sides, if the match ends up one-sided will be a great disappointment for the cricket lovers in general, who would surely like to be entertained provided the match is played to the full potentials from both teams and concludes with excitement. The match will pave the way to the final for the winning team taking into consideration that Bangladesh is already out of contention and Afghanistan must not be able to win against India and Sri Lanka albeit the potentials they have. So let us wait and see a great duel. Good luck both the teams.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

One of the Indian openers must try to accelerate during first power-play. Once Ajmal, Afridi etc start bowling then its hard for Indians to score freely. Will be interesting to see if Pujara/Pandey will be drafted. Bowlers need to keep goal of getting Pakistani team out, else very less chance to win. Overall anyone's match with some advantage to Pakistan.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

Kohli shows Indian bowling is effective as well. But he can try different when regular thinks not working. Should have tried binny against srilanka when shami was not effective at death overs.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:33 GMT)

Pakistan often shatter under pressure.. Those who are under rating Indian bowling attack are making folly. Buvneish kumar, Shami, Jadeja, and Ashwin make a formidable unit. India is favourite.. Although i wish pakistan to win.

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 6:28 GMT)

I think India should have picked yuvraj to ensure he has more time in BD for Icc 20 20. Better middle order for Asia cup as well.

Posted by Nabeell on (March 2, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

This match will be all about how Pakistan hold Virat and how India tackle Junaid Khan!! India has a fair chance to bat first and score above 250 and secure the match or chase a total of around 300!! All Pakistan has is bowling, bat first and give your bowlers a total to defend i.e. above 250 while chasing Pakistani batsmen dont stand even near. Dhawan and Shami can be surprise package for Pak and if Afridi clicks today its THE END

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

If Pakistan is likely to chase 300 against any team it's India, so let's see hopefully Pakistan can end the streak of not chasing high scores

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

I think India should have picked yuvraj to ensure he has more time in BD for Icc 20 20. Better middle order for Asia cup as well.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

they should get pujara to open today and make rayudu sit out... make rohit play at no.5 and well ask that guy to play aggressive cricket... DK s the only keeper we have so can't drop him... bowling remains same except varun in place of binny.... dhawan pujara kohli rahane rohit jadeja ashwin bhuvi Aaron shami.... hope we do a good job... best of luck guys

Posted by qaaaaasiiiiimmmmmmm on (March 2, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

i think that pakistan would bat first.No matter who wins the toss pak will bat first cs india likes chasing and pak does no(they cant chase 250+).So, we will need to score atleast 300+ to win this match.Inshaallah pak will win

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Good luck green team .... Our prayers are with u !!

Posted by winner2008 on (March 2, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

@Wacco, those big fishes too cannot survive in water with a different salt and will be killed instantly when they have been put into our lake! beware ;)

Posted by irfan0303 on (March 2, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

Pakistan will win this match but it will be very interesting and nail biting match....... Pakistan's team is better team........ Inshallah Pakistan will win it. .................

Posted by wapuser on (March 2, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

Waiting for the good game ! ......

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:13 GMT)

India is good at chasing, If Pakistan wins the toss they should let India Bat first... A lot depends on the Toss today !!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:10 GMT)

it is gonna be a tight one, but what we all know that india has always the psychological advantage with them in big games vs pakistan, so india is favourite surely.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

dont worry pak. v r hvng 11 players. but kohli is the only player to play like international level. other 10 players play like a school boy. best of luck pak. by indian farmer fan......

Posted by irfan0303 on (March 2, 2014, 6:07 GMT)

Match of the tournament.................... Wish you best of luck my team Pakistan....

Posted by irfan0303 on (March 2, 2014, 6:05 GMT)

And this is the match we waited for. It will be a thriller both teams should play normal game. And supporters should enjoy the game........ Its just a game with a lot of entertainment................. Cheers. Good Luck Greens........

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

pakistani boling is best inshallah paki win this match and play final with sri lanka and win aisa of luck pak team

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

junaid will get 0 wickets. There is threat of ajmal nd gul..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:59 GMT)

indian bowlers lack agression and ofcourse pace.india need to go and hunt for bowler with raw pace and groom him in his line length without any speed reduction like dale steyn...

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:54 GMT)

We Sri Lankans prefer the weak Indian team in the finals...and we want to beat them again as Kholi said SL won coz the due in the press conference even when the due was vry little n came aftr the powerplay...Mushfiqur nvr blamed the due eventhough it was much higher n came in the 25th over.

But we support Pakistan as usual n hope Pak win with a bonus point :D

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:52 GMT)

I wish our gabbar of indian team (Dhawan) scores a ton against pakistan. and our lion virat aa well

Posted by indopakfan on (March 2, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

Please guysss....dont get carried away and turn this into a fratricidal war...its a match between two very ordinary with a fabulous bowling lineup and woeful batting....and the other with a good batting line up (good, not great..) and pathetic bowling..!!

Posted by Mukeshmdu on (March 2, 2014, 5:42 GMT)

India need to play five such bowlers who can give their full quota of 10 overs each, i think in this line up only Bhuvi, Shami, Ashwin, jadeja and mishra can do this.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:40 GMT)

Indian batting is better then Pakistan, and same Pakistani Bowling is one of the best attack so should be interesting match... best of luck Pakistan...

Posted by Wacco on (March 2, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

Big boys are playing real cricket somewhere else.This is only like the battle of the minnows!

Posted by Ind_Cric_Fan79 on (March 2, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

Most awaiting MATCH of the tournament. All d best for both teams. PAK has a great bowling unit. My team has to be very careful. I expect a good contest and praying for India's Win :) .

Posted by Razor_Sharp on (March 2, 2014, 5:32 GMT)

This what i was waiting for :D All the best to Pak and Ind.. Hope it will be a absolute thriller

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

Today is the day for Sharjeel Khan, Umar Akmal & Saeed Ajmal, Pakistanis are not worry about any Indian player's performance, We'll do our best today Inshallah, This time for Pakistan, Pakistan's winning time has started since today, best of luck Pakistan

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (March 2, 2014, 5:31 GMT)

We wish Pakistan All the Very Best!! my favorite team after SL.. From srilanka

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 2, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

Hope Pak bat 1st. Will be good chance for Pak bats to hit peak form v the Ind bowling.With 350 on board it will be a walk in park for Paks magical bowling attack esp. Ajmal can be exp. to fox Ind bats who seem clueless v him with a rich haul .

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:26 GMT)

go Pakistan go

Posted by thaikkathameed on (March 2, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

No NOHIT in the team India have a slim chance of winning, otherwise forget about winning. Out of the 100 chances NOHIT gets he shines in one game and the EVER TALENTED GUY is retained in the team. Sorry for Indian cricket. MOHAMED SHAMI: Another ISHANT SHARMA in the making.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:24 GMT)

india should go for Varun or Ishawar pandey in place of Roger Binny.. nd they should not think of going with amit mishra becoz sub-continent players plays spin very well :-!

Posted by DJardine on (March 2, 2014, 5:17 GMT)

Go pakistan, kick the over estimated indians out of the finals. Even though we (Sri Lankan fans) would prefer to play india as they are useless and easy beat.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

If Rohit get to a milestone surely India will win

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

i think india will be choose pujra either dinesh kartik.wicket keeping job done by a. raydu . this makes middle order more strong. pujra is not a hiter but also not throw his wicket like rohit and kartik in bowling india need varun. he is better bowler then binny and others.....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

Well let me frank with you although in my hearts I want, wish, pray for an Indian win this Indian team is the weakest team that is going to face Pakistan for some years. Indian lose not very badly come on show some fight at-least.

Posted by greenluv on (March 2, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

this will be the best game to watch both teams have more like a luck to push rather than their own capabilities however Pak has lil edge if they could put anything beyond 260 would be a plus for Pak bowlers to fight and win for Pakistan.

Posted by pooler on (March 2, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

What a mouth watering contest, that too on a Sunday! Its India's bowling weakness against Pakistan's batting fragility really. Stakes are high as this could prove to be a virtual semi-final. If the team batting first gets about 275, they will be in the driver's seat whereas anything less than 230 would probably mean easy pickings for the chasing team. All in all an exciting contest in store. PS: No forecast of rain I hope :)

Posted by siddhartha87 on (March 2, 2014, 5:01 GMT)

two mediocre team going against each other. Not sure why this hype

Posted by arithra.du on (March 2, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

I don't understand why Ishwar Pandey is not selected in any match in Newzeland and in Asia Cup.But he is kept in the squad.So why Auron is selected everytime in spite of his poor bowling? I think Ishwar Pandey should deserve a part of best 11

Posted by Super_Eyes on (March 2, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

India Vs Pakistan is just an over rated contest.Honestly speaking I hardly find anything marquee, epic or nail bitting in Indo Pak matches.They have given us nothing other than bundles of one sided ODI matches and 5-0 or 4-1 type of series, and dozens of boring test matches which ended in a draw.I think England Vs Australia and Pakistan Vs Endland have always been great contests. And certainly better than this politically hyped contest!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

I think world most pressure game in political purpose ......

Posted by doc.qadeer on (March 2, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

this match is going to be the match of best defenders(pak) vs best chasers(india)....week chasers(pak) vs bad defenders(india),,,,best bowling attack(pak) vs best batting(india)....weakest bowling attack(india) vs weak batting(pak)

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:55 GMT)

Going to be a great match. Both team have their significant weaknesses. Let's see who is it going to be this time

Posted by arithra.du on (March 2, 2014, 4:53 GMT)

I don't understand why Ishwar Pandey is not selected in any match in Newzeland and in Asia Cup.But he is kept in the squad.So why Auron is selected everytime in spite of his poor bowling? I think Ishwar Pandey should deserve a part of best 11

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

pak will win india has only two(koli anf dhawan.) batman and onr baller(jadeja).pal has good balling line and batsman who can score runs.

Posted by alipk52 on (March 2, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

Many fans are seeing this as India's batting vs Pakistan's bowling, but I see it other way, it's Pakistan's batting vs India bowling, the team having a weaker weakness will struggle a lot, also not to forget we are feeling trumendous pressure sitting off the field, I can imagine how enormous pressure the players will be feeling, added by a pinch of a knock out game, it's also a contest of handling pressure well, both have their weaknesses and strong points, I agree with the comments that Kohli/Dhawan/Rohit /Rahane/Jadeja are the players Pakistan have to watch out for, specially Dhawan and Kohli are like backbone of Indian batting, if they sent to dug out early, it'll be curtails for them, but one can't ignore the talent of Stuart Binny, he has the potential to take the game away from Pakistan with his blistering batting nature. All the best Team Pakistan, I just hope you don't lose your nerves this time!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

its like a grand final. gud luck to india. ur the best. will be fun to enter into GF by beating pak...

Posted by kricet_fan on (March 2, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

it will be interesting to see who will find their form - Pakistan batsmen or Indian bowlers.

Posted by lancenayak on (March 2, 2014, 4:45 GMT)

I think in this match chances for both the team is equal.. India's weakness.. 1 If Pujara is not playing today than chances are more likely towards Pak to win this game. 2 Amit Mishra shud play with Shami, Bhuvi, Jadeja & Ashwin as Jadeja and Ashwin can be very handy with the bat we do not need 7 batsman and 4 bowlers 3 India dont need 3rd fast bowler as I am 100% sure if it happen they will not bowl the whole quota of 30 overs here. 4 Rohit either drop or play at no 6 for Raydu 5 My squad in Batting order..Dhawan Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, DK, Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, Amit Mishra

Pakistan's weakness... 1 Opners shud give them an avg start but chances are less as Sharjeel is useless. 2 Pakistan's middle order is not good..Maqsood is as useless as Sharjeel. 3 Pakistan's obsession with Afridi is costing them from very long time as he has the brain of a 5 year old crickter. 4 Running btw the wickets and fielding is concern for Pak.

I think my analysis are quiet right...??

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

mother of all games....the big one

Posted by thaikkathameed on (March 2, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

NOHIT Sharma should be dropped for this game If he plays and with his current strike rate India will surely lose. Rahane and Dhawan should open the innings with Pujara 3 or 4 down. Please, please drop this "EVER TALENTED" guy for this match at least.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

ordinary match with extraordinary expectations. nothing like the excitment of india pak match. Go indiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! \m/

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

india is gonna have to play out of there skins to beat pakistan.....pakistan on the other hand have to get kohli and dhawan out for 50 or less.....and see the batting collapse around them

Posted by henchart on (March 2, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

Still no Pujara? What is going on? Surely his credentials are n times better than those of Rayudu's and Binny's not to mention even Rohit Sharma's!Is it some sort of conspiracy to keep Pujara out of XI? Even Dhoni did that to Pujara.Coming to the match,I hate to say this,if both teams play up to their respective potentials Pakistan are favourites.But,one of these teams cave in while facing each other and in recent times it has been Pakistan.Mohali 2011,T20 WC in SLK and Delhi 2013 are latest examples.India has to bat first and put a total in excess of 275 then dew or no dew Pakistan would struggle to achieve.In the same vein if Pakistan posts 275+ total pressure would pile on Kohli and to less extent Dhawan's shoulders.Sharma,Rayudu,Rahane and Karthik are all sitting ducks .Dhoni,Yuvraj and Raina would be sorely missed in these conditions.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

keep calm and support Pakistan

Posted by akash112001 on (March 2, 2014, 4:29 GMT)

Rohit is wasting too many deliveries to settle down...gets out playing away form body or through pathetic foot movement. Why to waste those deliveries.?

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

Pakistan has to face only Kholi, but India has to face Saeed Ajmal, Umer Gul, Junaid Khan, Muhammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi and Abdul Rehman. So the picture is very clear unless Pakistan made some silly mistakes. Best wishes for green shirts. No matter which team will win, but I wish we have a great competition today. so guys, get ready

Posted by cricaddict11 on (March 2, 2014, 4:19 GMT)

Dear Nadia Khan,

It is really hard to tell because India have Kohli n Dhawan and Pak only have Misbah n Akmal. I guess it will be a nail biter but in the sense Pak has advantage of their bowling

you are comparing two players vs two players with "only".

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

All Pakistani cricket friends worry from kohli. Means only kohli is enough for whole Pakistani team. So guys don't worry about other players if they perform or not but india will win surely. If india put street team against Pakistan even though Pakistan can not win against indian street team.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 4:15 GMT)

You will not seen this batsman first class record they play match winning vs pak you do not under estimate india team they can upset any team so wait and watch

Posted by Rifard_SL on (March 2, 2014, 4:07 GMT)

Will Pakistan hold the record of consistency in inconsistency.. as a Pakistani fan I couldn't predict it till the last ball or last wicket..

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

indian batting line up very weak

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:50 GMT)

Team which bat first will win....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

the way our team is playing, I do not have much hope. Only way to win is Pak do their blunders and Ajmal/Junaid have an off day or Virat magic. Pak, has surprisingly good batting this time, and Umar start doing justice to his talent. On other side, we have brought guys like Rayudu who is failing to find his feet and on top of that one Sharma always find ways to hinder our progress, Nohit this time. Overall Pak is a better team, will not mind losing to them. I am more worried from Afgans at the moment. They gave real scare to Pak too, demolished BD, have much stronger bowling than us and decent batting. Anyhow, will like if it is a cracker of match. Best wishes to both teams.

Posted by Prats6 on (March 2, 2014, 3:46 GMT)

I have not been following Pakistan off late, so absolutely no idea about their bowling. But if they are what they usually are, India don't really stand a chance with that joke of a middle order. Raydu, DK, Binny are sitting ducks for Ajmal & Co.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:43 GMT)

And one last Ajmal the Great has to Bowl up as quickly as possible. Go for the wickets and when he is bowling we should be attacking rather than spread out field. Slip and and forward short leg should be the strategy. Putting fielder initially when he comes to bowl on the edge of the circle doesnt makes sense. If someone will hit it wont go till the edge it will be out of the circle. So dont give opposition easy singles.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

And India is not that easy at all Kohli yeah very imp but with Pakistan its always the weakest link of the oponent team performs. So you never know Rohit, Ashwin, Jadega will be performing even never know Varun or B. Kumar.

Please Moin khan with due respect you are a great fighter and we can see the same spirite in the team too, but as Ahmed Shehzad to play at his strenghts becoz even though you cant play free flowing shots initially try to rotate the strike apart from that he is perfect!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:34 GMT)

After Bangladesh, I am a supporter of the Pakistan team. They have the best bowling attack in Asia, but also one of the most unpredictable batting sides in the world (a little better than Bangladesh). India has a very ordinary bowling attack, one of the weakest in the world. But batting is very strong, because Kohli and at least one other guy will fire for sure. So it will be a contest between bat and ball. If General Dew does not interfere, then anyone can win. Chances for the two rivals are 50-50.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:33 GMT)

Exciting match it will be. I just cant wait for the match to get started. We need a competitive match for sure and in my opinion pakistan middle order has to perform and its tile Hafeez has to show his abilities because playing for 11 years and still performing average doesnt justifies his place in the squad. We have to stop comparing our young lads with the legends like inzamam and saeed anwar. Let Sharjeel and Sohaib play and this stage is set for them!! Its high time if Misbah needs to play till the 2015 worldcup he has to show responsibilty like the Legend Imran Khan and bat at number instead of hafeez and make Umar Akmal play at 4 he will get wasted. Hafeez should step up and finish the game for us and so as Shahid Afridi.

Please Misbah lets play at our strenghts and get our best batsmen to come top of the order like Australia plays. For God sake if we are bowling first let Junaid and Gul open the bowling. Junaids is best with the new ball. Best of luck boys !!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:31 GMT)

I think, Pak selectors need to keep Bhatti instead of Anwar Ali.

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (March 2, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

2 weakest teams in the Asia cup playing each other. Both teams have weak batting line up. Pak bowlers are a bit ahead of Ind so Pak will win.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 2, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

@Aravind Sai Kuchibhotla Really? I agree with the bowlers but almost all our batsmen have proven their quality, even Ashwin. Also, you'd rank India No. 7? Please tell me how? Are you rating them below Australia, England, SA, Pak, NZ and SL? Because India has been beating SL left right and center over the past few years and only really lost the last match due to dew. NZ had an amazing ODI series, but India drove close every single game. If they had better bowlers, they would've won. Pakistan has the most volatile batting line-up out of the test playing nations. SA choke under pressure, but otherwise, they might be better. England is so demoralized right now, I'd be surprised if they can beat Bangladesh. Australia is in good form, but we beat them recently with pretty much the team we have now. I mean, Yuvi/Raina didn't do much anyway.

Posted by caldruid on (March 2, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

Please - no more Rohit. He has become so slow to get runs. I wonder if he thinks he will get a hundred and make up for it everytime. Please give Pujara some games!!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

in previous game kohli need to go with three spinner if available..

Posted by caldruid on (March 2, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

Initially it was the Indian bowling that was bad, now the fielding has become atrocious too. The batting is so-so apart from Kohli, Rayudu and Karthik dont play well consistently. I am still wondering why Karthik was selected. This match will be a cake-walk for Pakistan. I just hope that India will allow Pujara to play without worrying about the outcome of this match/tournament. Pujara doesnt have much time to get match experience - the world cup is 11 months away.

Posted by ms2000 on (March 2, 2014, 3:01 GMT)

The medicore Indian team will get thrashed by the Pakistanis today. The Indian Batsmen will never cope with the Pakistani Bowling attack. If this match was played in India the Indian team may have had a chance to fight. The tru side of the Indian team is now exposed.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 2, 2014, 2:42 GMT)

Dark horse Pak team, you never know which side turns up today,suddenly they will chase 300 plus scores & win the game or will crumble for less than 150 or 100.Recently Ind became the same so its a match bet two low confidence & luck based teams. Except Virat & Misbah ,Ajmal & Shami, no one deserves to play in their respective XI's. Rohit & Afridi are alike hit or duck typos. SL team is far better side than any of sides in this series.

Posted by _IndiaRocks on (March 2, 2014, 2:18 GMT)

The real cricket match were you can see Passion, Love, Effort and 100% commitment from every player in both teams. Excitement level at 1000%.

Clash of Titans. Yes its India vs Pakistan.

Hope its a close encounter by match going till the last over. Best wishes to both teams.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 2:08 GMT)

Should be a good game to watch. I hope they drop Rohit Sharma.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

Why pujara isn't playing, he is lot better than kartik and raydu.

Posted by bul98 on (March 2, 2014, 1:59 GMT)

@KrishnanAndy - India has beaten PAK in ICC WC matches, get your stats right. In ICC Champs Trophy PAK is leading 2-1 and in Aisa cup also PAK has edge 5-4. Just like in ICC U-19 PAK is leading 5-3. So don't say that all major ICC tourment India has always beaten PAK, it's only true for ICC WC. Looking forward to another good game and best of luck Team Green!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 1:57 GMT)

All the best India

Posted by dishumi on (March 2, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

This match is indeed a semi-final. Whoever wins this will make it to the final. The finals are about the big 3: Ind, Pak and SL. Any team that wins against the other big 2 are virtually through to the finals. Don't expect any upsets against the big 3 from Bangladesh or Afganistan. Hoping for a Pakistan - SL final.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

India has beated pakistan in all big tournaments so pakistanis now ur gone

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 1:54 GMT)

Current indian team doesn't have any match winners. But when it comes to India pak match its always fun. This is the only match which all the 22 players give their best to win for their team. Tough challenge for Kohli an his boys. Would be hoping to see Dhawan and Rohit score a Good opening partnership which will bring down pressure to Kohli n the other middle order batsman. Would also like to see binny playing today. Squad which played last match would be perfect for this one. All the best to Kohli and his boys. Jai ho!

Posted by Senaratne77 on (March 2, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

Best of luck to pakistan from a sri lankan!

Posted by Usman_Jilani on (March 2, 2014, 1:40 GMT)

I think Pakistan have the edge, but pressure will most probably get the best of them. Pakistan will have to bowl out of their skins, even though it is a weaker Indian batting lineup. We're in for a cracker!

Posted by AvidCricFan on (March 2, 2014, 1:38 GMT)

If India wants to make a dent in the game, three of the five top order will been to fire in this match. Karthik will be enigma that he has been in spite of many of his followers thinking otherwise. Good thing is Pakistan doesn't have many lefties. If Aaron gets his line and length right, we can be handful.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

2day pak wil win da match. kholi along not enough to face to da pak bowling attack. Pak deserve to win & make it SL-PAK final. Pak worry abt their batting but still they can manage against club level bowling attack. congradz pak...!

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 1:20 GMT)

This comments from Indian fans showed typical Indian mentality. Over praising in victory and finding excuses in defeat without accepting there weaknesses. with this media finds better ways to address that market and cricinfo no exception. "Match turning errors" is one good clue for that. By the way For last few years India succeed just because MSD and Koli. No one else was up to that standard.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 1:17 GMT)

Just wanna say, goodluck to both teams, hope we have a good match !

Posted by CricketFever11 on (March 2, 2014, 1:16 GMT)

All the best India. Please try to win. Lankans are waiting to meet you in the finals.

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (March 2, 2014, 0:56 GMT)

Its wrong to say that India has a weak bowling attack. Strength of a bowling attack is a comparetive thing. I'll say, this indian attack is very strong for this pakistani batting line. Pakistani batting line can even crumble in front of Bangladeshi bowling. For Pakistan to win they need an exceptional inings from some one. It might be Umar Akmal or Afridi.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 0:53 GMT)

Can Indiia borrow Afghanistan's middle order for a day? (Half in jest)

Posted by siabbasi on (March 2, 2014, 0:52 GMT)

Clash of Asian Titans!

It will be a good match - Indian batsman have reputation of making career out of their outings with Pakistan.

Not many changes I suspect in both teams.

Pakistani fielding will play key role. India can continue with poor form in fielding... Just for the laughs.

Enjoy the ride fans around the globe.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 0:46 GMT)

The match against Sri Lanka brought out two disappointing efforts. BK and DK. I cannot remember when was the last time BK took a wicket - forget about taking wicket in the opening spell. And, DK with so much experience and having watched MSD over the past few years still learned nothing. DK did not have the intelligence to realize that he had already hit a four and there was no need to play another rash shot. With Rayudu and Binny both very inexperienced, it was DK who was the last experienced bat. If people wonder why DK doesn't get picked there is the answer. And how long is Pandey going to sit on the bench?? for What reason??

Posted by ghouri_17thmcees on (March 2, 2014, 0:32 GMT)

For the 1st time after a long time, pakistan has the upper hand in an india pakistan encounter. It reminds me the era of 90's where pakistan had always entered as a favourite between these two arch rivals clash. Where pakistan team was full of stars, with their formidable bowling attack, likes of wasim akram, waqar younis, akib javed, saqlain, and rock solid batting line up includes, saeed anwar, amir sohail, inzamam ul haq, ijaz, salim malik......Can current pakistani guys prove the replacement of those pakistani legend cricketers of the past..........Lets wait and see.........

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 0:24 GMT)

root causes for India's failure in recent days 1. Inconsistent opening and slow scoring by Rohit Sharma 2. inconsistent Middle order 3. failure of spinners quick remedy for today's match shud be 1. replace pujara w/ Rohit and Rayadu w/ Rohit 2. between DK & Rayadu pick one of them -- no difference 3. ashwin w/ Amit & Binny w/ Aaron

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 0:22 GMT)

As far as concern current teams literally Pakistan team is better and the young bloods have something even they inherited wrong short selections and low caliper batting order but literally Team Pakistan has chance this time and want to see them with win.

other hand Indian team always good with batting as all knows but this time they are not as good as they were but again its good toss which will make difference because Pakistan always lost 50% when you lose the toss...

Good wishes for both and want Pakistan with win....

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 0:21 GMT)

@Naren Reddy, is mate we beat India in 1996 group match and Semi final which was played in India. Also if you can not remember We won Independence cup in India in 1997...get your facts right.

Posted by   on (March 2, 2014, 0:10 GMT)

pakistan should have played nasir jamshed, eho has 3 100 s and a 50 in5 matches vs india.

Posted by IndTheBest on (March 2, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

If india go with the team they used in past games, they are certainly going to lose the game. India must get in Pujara & Ishwar Pandey for Rayudu & Binny. Pujara should open with Dhawan, Rohit at #5 will do the trick. Good luck.

Posted by StarHawk on (March 1, 2014, 23:38 GMT)

@Hashimbag, really? India won against Bangladesh because of luck?? Did you even watch the game? India won by 6 wickets, chasing a 280 target..that's as comprehensive as it gets!

Like you said, India had Sachin, Gambhir, Pathan etc. in the last Asia Cup, and what happened? India didn't even make it to the final. Give these guys some time. No one is born with experience. Let them play and gain experience. Win or lose, stick with the current players...they have talent and with experience, they will be ready to go by the WC!

Posted by Indiaforever on (March 1, 2014, 23:37 GMT)

Key will be openers as usual for both teams, for India if we bat first then we need to score over 300 minimum to have any chance to win because of our bowling line up. Hopefully Dhawan and Sharma can give us a good start. Any youngster who performs tomorrow will be known for a long time. Hoping to see Kohli take the Pakistani bowlers apart tomorrow :) All the best to both teams and hopefully we have a competitive match and the best team wins ;)

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

i dnt know what kinds of batting coaches are there in pakistan???not even a single batsmen can score over 100 st.rate.which batsmen have to do....not in senior only,look at u19 teams they were also batting below what they think

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 23:33 GMT)

Kohli and Dhawan wickets will be keys for smooth victory for Pakistan. Saeed Ajmal is going to start bowling his Teesra and Chohta after Doosra against India.

Posted by Jaganplus on (March 1, 2014, 23:32 GMT)

A match between 2 subpar teams. Still exciting because it is a Ind-Pak match.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 23:31 GMT)

It is really hard to tell because India have Kohli n Dhawan and Pak only have Misbah n Akmal. I guess it will be a nail biter but in the sense Pak has advantage of their bowling

Posted by neanderthal on (March 1, 2014, 23:12 GMT)

Frankly speaking with this kind of middle order India can not win against any good team. Rayudu is just not international cricket material. DK also does not belong to the big league. Rahane has been scoring some runs but even he is not of the same caliber as Yuvi and Raina esp on SC tracks. With so many weak points in batting India can not win. The batting is just too top heavy with noone to guard if 2-3 wickets fall early.

Posted by tonystephen123 on (March 1, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

@pavan_v and Jacob Paul, I am also another frustrated Indian fan to watch Nohit Sharma fail game after game and yet make the team again!! atleast if he can get out in the first over thats better than edging and struggling to make 10 runs from 30 or 40 balls. such an annoying batsman to watch! Atleast he could show some positive intend or for the least even take singles! such an over rated, hyped talented No-Hit Sharma. Our Under 19 kids would play much better than him. I say bring in anyone, or atleast bring in a bowler in his place. I think even Shami can do better than Nohit as an opener, he will bat fearlessly without wasting balls and without bringing down the confidence of the non striker and the remaining batsmen to come in to bat. every match, I pray that he get out as quickly as possible without wasting too many balls...

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

mother of all rivarly....could hardly wait. just hope Pakistan`s batting comes thru...

Posted by kc69 on (March 1, 2014, 22:42 GMT)

In this clash which is also a virtual semi final where the winner will face SL in final and I am sure all SL fans will support Pakistan as they will not be comfortable facing India.But if form factor suggests SL always loses in final.

Posted by wapuser on (March 1, 2014, 22:36 GMT)

Well i cant wait for the start. I have a strong wish Pak win this game.God bless you Pakistan and good luck.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 22:34 GMT)

Pakistan will win surely INSHALLAH

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 1, 2014, 22:31 GMT)

When are they going to get rid off this Bonus point system. The worst system ever to come to cricket.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 1, 2014, 22:29 GMT)

This is not a battle between India's batting and Pakisthan's bowling. Pakisthan bowling didn't look good. India, probably, got a better bowling attack. In this match, my preferred batting line-up is: Rohit, dhawan, Kohli, Karthik, Rehane, Rayudu, Jadeja, Ashwin, Shami, Bhuvi, Pandey. I don't think Aaron's pace is going to trouble Pakisthanis much. But, if he has been bowling well in the nets, may be he can play instead of Pandey. I still maintain that India got the better team than the others. They just fumbled their chances against SriLanka. I am big supporter of Karthik. But, not happy with his performance behind stumps in the last match. He has to get his act together soon or go to the oblivion. You should mean business every single time when you are playing short ODI tournaments like this. No room for lousy fielding and batting. You have a captain who is doing just that. Learn from him.

Posted by vick2025 on (March 1, 2014, 22:24 GMT)

Bring in Pujara and Pandey...with Pandey, Varun and Shami with Jadeja & Ashwin..might will have a good chance against Pak...Pujara needs to be in for Rohit who really needs some rest at the moment...

Posted by SajidMirza on (March 1, 2014, 22:20 GMT)

Whatever .... who's bowling strong,, who's batting strong,, who won last time,, who is under pressure, who is favorite, who is better side, who is no.1, who is BIG 3, what tournament, what venue, who have great bowlers, who have strong batting line up. Its all aside. Its a Pak Ind clash. Any thing can be happen. So put your seat belts and enjoy the clash of titans .....

Posted by haq33 on (March 1, 2014, 22:17 GMT)

About 10 hours to go until Kohli's meltdown! Can't wait!! Junaid Khan had his number on the flat tracks of India. Do you honestly think this will be any different? Maqsood is due a good knock, and one out of Shezad, Hafeez and Akmal will hit 90 odd. The main concern is that I have this sickening feeling that Nohit is also due a good knock - I do actually think he is one guy who has good technique. Love these matches!

Posted by 11MP on (March 1, 2014, 22:15 GMT)

All my Pakistani friends lets enjoy match tomorrow. Now a day's it is hard to watch match between IND vs PAK. As a supporter of Team India I would love to see India win tomorrow but its looks like our chances are slim. I do not have any HOPE from Indian bowling secondly, Indian middle order looks very thin and inexperience. Only challenge to Pakistan is Kohli. Now, on other side Pakistan bowling is super power, batting looks in order as compare to India as long as U.Akmal do not thinks himself as next Viv Richard.

Good luck to both the Teams.

Posted by Rjraza1 on (March 1, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

Its not pak vs india game its PAK vs KOHLI if we got him early the journey will be over for india!!!!!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 22:13 GMT)

Well Billy Bowden was really becoming a head master to Afghanistani Keeper for unnecessary appealing. Where is that instinct when he is officiating Australian matches. It seems he can show his power to minnows.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 22:05 GMT)

@Krishnan Anand - Pak has a better record in Champions Trophy.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 1, 2014, 21:57 GMT)

Pakistan batting is gona click tomorrow.. Mohammad irfan will be missed.

Posted by Sudhir65 on (March 1, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

Get us a win India. Insha Rama.

Posted by pitch_curator on (March 1, 2014, 21:42 GMT)

@ Herath-UK - Considering that India had given SL a hiding in SL home grounds 4-1 your comments seem funny. Have you not seen the Champions trophy match recently where India won with maybe 15 odd overs to spare?? lol

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 21:36 GMT)

if pak will score 260+ it will be a good match.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 21:31 GMT)

Tomorrow will be Misbah 11's day for sure ............. no matter what ever the batting line of India is there , our bowlers will kill them for sure, Pakistan bowling is too good for any team EXCEPT its not a CEMENT track (like is 2010 WC :P)

feeling excited for tomorrows big game ................. its the clash of the titans ;) Best of luck to both the teams ............... will be hoping that Junaid again crash out the stumps of the Kohli (before he reaches 100 :P ).................. ;)

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

pakistan have strong bowling attack india have batting attack let see who will take this game

Posted by Manoj1234 on (March 1, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

should be fun. Depleted indian side against full strength pakistan which still looks a weak team. India still favorites for this match without specialists Dhoni, Yuvraj, Raina.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 21:14 GMT)

as a pakistani coach or captain i will go with third seamer in place of anwer ali .... if u rely on ur bowling then make it even more tough for opponents .....want to see the contest between junaid and indias best rather world best of luck to both teams

Posted by arsalanaleem3000 on (March 1, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

why are fans of both sides are crying .... even before loss ....what happened with people why they are afraid of loss ... come on its a game your teams... have faith in them .... enjoy cricket

Posted by RANA.SHAHZAD on (March 1, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

Intersting stat. India have won everytime they have played Pakistan in a Asia cup or World Cup in month of march.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 21:06 GMT)

Pakistan will win this match easily

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

indian opener NO-HIT sharma is better than all of pakistani batsmen barring misbah. pakistani batting line is totally clueless, they will make indian bowlers look like the best bowling attack. i will urge kohli to bowl. he will definitely be able to take 2-3 wickets. pakistan batsmen dont need any thing special from bowlers they just need somebody to throw ball and they will choke themselves out.

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 1, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

If Indian team 1) Kohli, 2) Kohli, 3) Virat Kohli (capt), 4) Kohli, 5) Dhoni (wk), 6) Kohli, 7) Kohli , 8) Sami, 9) Sami, 10) Shami, 11) Sami but deff will lost to PAK today

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

Pakistan will Win Insha Allah

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:37 GMT)

Disagreeing with Oracle_Magus, the toss is indeed consequential, unless of course Misbah forgets that Indians are more likely to win while chasing. India has always felt more relieved when they are on the chase, no matter what side they are up against.

If Pakistan are to win tomorrow they must win the toss, put India to bat and brace themselves for a good contest.

Nevertheless, I feel for the cricketing fans when it's a Pakistan V India game. They always find themselves choking on their edibles, gasping for a bit of air, groping around for a towel or something; hell yeah, it's rivalry at its best!

Posted by ThilankaK on (March 1, 2014, 20:35 GMT)

India last 10 matches results ; L W L L T L L N/R L L 10th Lost to SA, 9th Lost to SA, 8th No result ( SA scored over 300 ), 7th Lost to NZ, 6th Lost to NZ, 5th Tie with NZ, 4th Lost to NZ, 3rd Lost to NZ, 2nd Won vs BAN, 1st Lost to SL & next Lost to PAK ???

Posted by siddharth_WC2011 on (March 1, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

This is not India's batting VS Pakistan's bowling....The current Indian batting lineup is very weak. Pak bowlers just have to get Kohli's wicket and the game will be theirs.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

though i want pakistan to win the match, but being a follower of pakistani cricket of late, their chances are thin. pakistan's only functional department is bowling and in that department too junaid is not in his best form. our best bowler Irfan is injured. our pathetic clueless batting if in any case get a grip over match they ensure to undermine the bowling efforts by poor short selection. if india wins the toss and decides to chase, india will win for sure. A sad pakistan fan waiting for the return of Aamir.

Posted by Hashimbaig on (March 1, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

I had wrote to cricinfo before that India cant win with that young side. They need some replacements. What kind of players are Binny, Aaron, Rayudu and Shami. They have no experience. The selectors are doing very wrong right now. These players cant go into this big tournament and win, because they dont have that experience. Look back to 2012 asia cup they got Tendulkar (the little master), gambhir, Dhoni (Unfortunately injured) and they also had Irfan Pathan in the last asia cup. Look back to this matches India has played so far in this asia cup with this ugly young team. They were about to lose against Bangladesh, but win with luck in the match. They lost the next match against the experienced sri lanka team. They need Gambhir, Yuvraj and Harbhajan back to help the youngsters. If they dont decide that, they gonna lose this match tomorrow and the asia cup. Look at the sri lankan team, they got a balance side, which included Mahela, Sangakkara, Mathews, Malinga and Perera.

Posted by KrishnanAndy on (March 1, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

To me it does seem to be a role reversal of sorts with the Pakistani batting line up actually looking stronger and settled than its bowling unit this time around. With due respects to Bhatti, he seems more of a gentle medium pace than raw and Pakistan could have done better to go down the beaten path which is to pack their team with genuine quickies of whom there is always a bounty.

On the other hand, India would do well to guard off against complacency and not bask in their past glory of beating their arch rivals in every single major ICC tournament including the World Cup and the Champions Trophy.

This match is not only important from the point of view of the current tournament but also because in less than a year the two teams will clash in Sydney (SCG) on Feb 15, 2015 in the next world cup.

Krishnan Anand

Posted by wapuser on (March 1, 2014, 20:10 GMT)

All the best team India. Make us proud!!

Posted by YsaKaru on (March 1, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

only battle is Virat Kohli vs Pakistan's bowling.if Pakistan bowlers get kohli's wkt early in the inning pak can win easily.same as the kohli got a big 100+ pak win is a tough ask.ind other batsmens are below par in international level.plz published.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

@Herath UK you remember when SL won against India last before this Asia cup win? Stop talking nonsense because you won ONE game in a long time. Indian team beat SL everywhere they played...not just in India...which is given! We Beat SL in SL....too. Can you say when SL beat India in India?

Posted by arsalanaleem3000 on (March 1, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

from todays' comments it is clear that confidence of fans of both sides is very low on their respective teams....

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

india should bring in amit mishra cuz spinners have lots of succes and my advice is to bowl first cuz of dew

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:54 GMT)

Best of luck both teams. Specially Pakistan ♡

Posted by wapuser on (March 1, 2014, 19:40 GMT)

In this match Pakistani team may face many problems because Pakistani team is weak, I could not say it can't get worse but I think it's more than enough to lose a match, well we all know that Pakistani team is unpredictable but all the facts and figures are pointing against us,. With that being said, I have a strong feeling that if Indians instead of sending their national team, send school kids playing on the street, Pakistan will still lose this match.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

@Yusuf: if Pakistan loose to India then they are out. Run rate won't come into picture. it won't matter if Pakistan wins or looses against Bangladesh since India will beat Afghanistan

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:29 GMT)

India is nothing with out dhoni ...he is the only captain who can use these useless indian bowlers :P

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:28 GMT)

If Pakistan manage to defeat India in tomorrow's then we have a very high chance of making the finals. Then if Pakistan manage to beat Bangladesh on Tuesday then they are guaranteed a place in the Final. But if Pakistan lose to India but beat Bangladesh then it will most likely be a matter of net run rate.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:26 GMT)

any team win but i need last ball finish wow

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:25 GMT)

I think pak batting is their weakness and Misbah has a strange batting technique and he is someone who consumes lot of balls to get going and is yet not capable of playing a impact innings. The selfish nature of his batting is now beginning to show in our other players,

Posted by t20cric on (March 1, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

This will be an exciting game & whichever team use there strength better will win. If Pakistan win the toss & select Fawad & Talha, then they should choose to bat 2nd cuz India's chasing skills are very good & if there will be due then it will be even easier for them to chase, combine this with the fact that India didn't set a target that well in the SL match. Pakistan have talent in there batting: Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Misbah-ul-haq & Umar Akmal but only 2 of these are in form (Umar & Misbah with Ahmed & Sohaib being inconsistent). Pakistan have the ability to chase if they don't suffer another batting collapse (I doubt that 3 times in a row). Pakistan will need to dismiss the top 3 within the 1st 10 overs then continue to take regular wickets (without letting any partnership be 50 runs) to get India out for a below par target. That way Pakistan will have an easy chase, which they will be able to chase Insha Allah.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Its a no brainer read the pitch and decide bowling combination. Rohit's double century as an opener was a fluke. Get rid of Raydu, push Rohit to #5 and use him as part timer and get Pujara at #1 spot. Team looks solid that way. Ashwin needs to understand his role. His first objective is to get into the rhythm and then think of taking wickets in the middle. Variations will come automatically at the death.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

India can do it. Hopefully we win tomorrow. My advise to indian selection pannel is to make a come back for sehwag. Dont ignore him we all know he is a wonderful batsman. If he was in team and will play tomorrow's match pakistani definitely will afraid. We all know all pakistani afraid of sehwag.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:58 GMT)

fawad alam shoukd come into the XI replacing sharjeel khan and Bilawal bhatti should come in for anwar ali

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

according to the present situation it feels like Pakistan is more stronger team

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:53 GMT)

I would like to see pujara getting in place of rayudu and binny being replaced by varun. My Batting order: Dhawan, Pujara,kohli,rahane,rohit,karthik,jadeja,ashwin,bhuvanesh,shami, varun

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 1, 2014, 18:52 GMT)


You said India always win from Pakistan in ICC tournaments. I think you have no idea that champions trophy was an ICC tournament and except for the last champions trophy, Pakistan always beat India there. Times to correct the facts. Also Pakistan has won more matches than India when it comes to head to head contests

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

if pakistan would b able to take kohli,s wicket cheaply they ,ll win .if india could take the wicket of misbah cheaply they ,ll win it,s a macth btween Misbah and Kohli.because if kohli gets out cheaply indian middle order colapse same is the case with pakistan without misbah they will not b able to reach 200. best of luck MISBAH and kohli.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 1, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Who can forget 3 consecutive centuries of Nasir Jamshed against India. But unfortunately our selectors are too biased to select him. Shame on them.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (March 1, 2014, 18:40 GMT)

Respect to both d teams....

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

This time I feel the contest is more open then it used to had in last few encounters between both rivals. No doubt India is currently struggling and bit less on confidence ( thanks to the recent tours) compare to Pak who is almost the same side (in terms of performance) we have seen from last couple of years. Though India has won last few matches against Pak but this time my senses are saying Pak has upper hand... I can't forget the law of average which I think going to be applicable now :-|

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Rohit Sharma cemented his place as opener because of 200 he scored But that doesn't mean he is good opener ..India needs Rohit in middle order to attack the spinners..Rahane can open and play his natural game rather than trying to slog in power play which is not his game ..Rohit is putting a lot of pressure on other batsmen like shikar and kohli who are free flowing..someone change this ..May be open with Rahane and get pujara and rest Rayudu for this game to get some stability top of the order and have Rohit attack the spinners..

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

If the top order manage to take advantage of India's weak bowling then the middle order batsmen like Umar Akmal and Misbah ul Haq fire throughout the innings then this will help Pakistan in posting a good score against India. They definitely must post at least 300 or more to challenge the Indian batsmen. Pakistan have always been known for their bowling with the likes of Juanid Khan and Umar Gul who can swing the new ball confidently. If Pakistan can pick up early wickets and prevent Dhawan and Sharma from establishing a partnership then this will give Pakistan a lot of confidence however they also must try and remove Kohli early as he's dangerous once settled at the crease. Pakistan's top order can be very very dangerous on their day with the like of Mohammed Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad who can whip up beasty totals and hopefully if they manage to fire in tomorrow's game then this creates an opening for the middle order batsmen like Misbah and Umar Akmal. Good Luck Pakistan. :)

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 1, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

We often complaint against politicians from both the sides that they r deviding both the countries. What we fans r doing here. Same thing that we r hating each other. Lets appreciate whoever win tomoro

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Good Luck Team Pakistan, hopefully there will b a great cricket for cricket lovers...

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 1, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

This match will keep Indians and Pakistanis interested and glued to their televisions. Insha Allah, India will win. Insha Allah, Pakistan will lose. Insha Allah!

Posted by warneneverchuck on (March 1, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Fans shud stop fighting amd hope for a close match. Lets see how world class batsman kohli perform against equally good bowler junaid khan. Can we all be good friends here

Posted by t20cric on (March 1, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

This is the main match of the tournament. As a Pak fan I am worried. Pakistan always end up losing against India in tournaments even though they might be way better on paper. I think Pakistan will have to make changes to their team to win. In the match against SL, India lost quite a few wickets to spin. Pakistan need to drop Sharjeel & let Hafeez open (he scored a 100 against India in Asia cup last time & a good bowler) that would make way for Fawad Alam to come in at no.3. Umar Akmal can switch places with Sohaib Maqsood to come at 4 so he can make an impact. With Misbah at 5 that makes a solid middle order. Talha should come in for Anwar as not many have faced him & he might win us the match. Overall the team is:

1)Ahmed Shehzad, 2)Mohammad Hafeez, 3)Fawad Alam, 4)Umar Akmal, 5)Misbah-ul-haq, 6)Sohaib Maqsood, 7)Shahid Afridi, 8)Umar Gul, 9)Saeed Ajmal, 10)Mohammad Talha, 11)Junaid Khan

This team is bowling heavy cuz we need to get Kohli & Dhawan (& Pujara maybe) out really early.

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 1, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Well Sri Lanka have clearly established as the top team in the Asia.'Both teams made turning errors' you say finding difficult to swallow the bitter pill to accept the defeat. Indian media take their unsuspecting fans for a ride by projecting them always as world beaters inside their country but the team finds the truth when up against the good opposition outside india.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

India-Pak clashes are the most awaited clashes since it happens rarely nowadays.But recently the clash of the arch rivals are not so even sided like it used be in Sharjah about 20 years ago (in the era of Saeed Anwar,Wasim & Waqar). Gone are the Days of that "Friday" myth where it was often Dark day for India.Of late, Indian batting has been very strong as compared to the circumspect Pakistani line up, the Paks offcourse have a very balanced Bowling department.I predict 60-40 in favour of India, although if Misbah,Akmal or Afridi fire, who knows? Great show on the cards, Happy Sunday all over South Asia......

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas_Atheist on (March 1, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Inshallah, pakistan will lose. Inshallah, pakistan will lose.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

my dear pak friends , dont scold sl cricket, yes we talking much about our team becz we r doing exactly well at the moment. but u gys are like terrors

Posted by John_Mil on (March 1, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

If Rohit opens the Bat in 50 overs still, his stirike rate will be under 50 even if he play against any minnows team like Namibia,kenya..etc.It's not necessary to waste balls in the beginning to gain form instead he can try to get singles by rotating strike.I'm not completely happy with the way Rohit plays now a days.Introducing Test cricket in the limitted over game as a opener.he is good only for Test cricket may be.Better he can sit out and watch and wither Rahane or DK can open the batting and the chances should be given to some other batsman in the middle order may be Stuart Binny can be given some more chances as he is an all rounder.I still like the previous Opening pairs of India.Sachin-Ganguly,Sachin-Shewag,Shewag-Gambir..why? Too many chances to's too much.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

Only following players are eligible to be in the Indian team:

Kohli, Dhoni(Not as captain any more - His stubornness is main problem), Jadeja, Dhawan, Pujara, Shami.

Kohli should be captain. We need aggressive captain like Kohli. Not a defensive captain like Dhoni.

Based on availability in India now, remaining players should be Ghambir, Rahane(not convincing but no choice), Rishi Dhawan, Bhuvneswar, Mishra(not convincing but no choice).

Team order should be: Dhawan, Ghambir, Rahane, Kohli, Pujara, Dhoni, Jadeja, Rishi Dhawan, Amit Mishra, Bhuvneswar, Shami.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:12 GMT)

junaid khan can flop india batting order and also saeed ajmal and others bowlers can do good job tommorow for pakistan in bowling .i think tommorow paksitani batsmen have to show some agression against india to put preasure on them.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

becoz we indians are so impatient dat once our fast bowlr goes fr a few runs we just want his head off , we did this with umesh now ppl want to throw varun out ...... i have read so many comments all of them want him out ... luk at michel jonson he was so erratic ... we indians are so obessed with line n length .... thr is no place for 150 kmpl bowler who with time n experience may turn out to b the best .. such a shame ... best wishes for umsh and varun

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

how about Umar Akmal, Indian team has no confidence, it will be game of few overs once VK is out. i hope he remember Pakistan series won India a year ago. hoping to see a contrast between Junaid Khan and VK. last time he got VK out in three conservative matches in Indian flat tracks. best luck both the teams,

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 1, 2014, 18:11 GMT)

@P4K1ST4N_7 yeah brother I can remember that.But anwar ali got 5 of 6 wickets in that new ball wicket went to a wasim like left arm bowler.I don't know what is his name.Tell u what, that was amazing.I really love to see a repeat of that.But can he do it again after 8 years.Wish AA to bring his magic back.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

well i think pakistan os favourite for tomorrows match but any thing can happen in india vs pakistan match

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:07 GMT)

WHY IS NO ONE CONSIDERING PLAYING PUJARA AFTER KOHLI ... i do not understand the neglect to a dravid-like player. Drop Rayudu in place of a tested #3 player with all the basics in Tests to be that player who lasts till the 50th over. (1) Dhawan (2) Rohit (3) Kohli (4) Pujara (5) Rahane (6) Karthik (7) Jadeja (8)-(11) it doesnt really matter because they all suck

Posted by -tanZeeEeel- on (March 1, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

Pakistan batting never faiLed ... thrice in a row ... B) sO, i'm feeling that; 2marrow PakistaN batting wiLL click ... and wiLL win the match ... with bonus point. ;)

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

India will win tomorrow. Ajmal is not a threat to India and afridi hafez is like lollipops. Only admire junaid he is a class act and gul can trouble openers. Ind xi must be like: pujara dhawan kohli rahane dk jaddu rohit/binni ashwin bhubi shami Aaron.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

@Iltaf162778 Dude if u have such weak heart u can always have the option of switching support to India but please do not come up with this crazy idea of not watching the match. What kind of supporter are you my freind???

Posted by ShaheerSiddiqui on (March 1, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Someone Call Nasir Jamshed!

Posted by NP_NY on (March 1, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

@P4K1ST4N_7: Amen. May the team that plays better win. If India does lose tomorrow, I hope Pakistan goes on to beat SL and win the Asia cup. The SL fans talk too much for a team that has beaten India only 3 times in the last 12 games :). Pak fans have been much more mature with their comments.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

Both these subcontinental teams are doing bad in world scenario though Pakistan is doing little good compared to their neighbors. Thanks to their Bowlers.

India has many problems.. I doubt if they can even win against Afghans considering their form in this tournament. Bangladesh is loosing to every nation these days and India faced tough task against these Bangladeshis. So India is no more than minnows. May be little ahead of Bangladeshis and West Indies in test playing nations. I rank this present Indian team at No. 7 in ODI's and Test cricket.

Some problems of present Indian team:

1) Stubborn selectors and captain. 2) Stupid board, coach and bowling coach. 3) Lack of proper planning in WC preperation. 4) No world class spinners except Jadeja. 5) No world class bowlers except little bit of Shami. 6) No world class batsman except Virat, Dhoni and Dhawan. 7) Meaningless media hailing India for victory against minnows. 8) No fast bowling pitches 9) Politics in team selection.

Posted by DC75 on (March 1, 2014, 17:47 GMT)

@Sheru-sher - by the way the problem is that Pak batting line up cannot score against club level bowling attack which will make this match a close contest and forget about striking fear in the hearts of the Indian batsmen, these guys have faced Steyn and company and came out relatively unscathed, so I don't think pak bowlers will cause too many problems except for Ajmal, who is a class act, but the same cant be said of pak batting, they can collapse anytime, anywhere and against anybody...

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 1, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

@ Aina Maria Waseem, yup i will have to agree with you. nicely summed up!

Posted by Balkar-Singh1000 on (March 1, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

I hope India win tomorrow!!

Posted by John_Mil on (March 1, 2014, 17:40 GMT)

Shikhar Dhawan was aggressive when he Opened the bat recently.But with the help of Rohit Sharma now he is also playing in defensive mode.Current Openening pair with Rohit taking to many balls to reach their 50 runs partnership in any match even when the match team chasing over 300 runs,that too in the power play overs.If Rohit opens the Bat in 50 overs still, his stirike rate will be under 50 even if he play against any minnows team like Namibia,kenya..etc.It's not necessary to waste balls in the beginning to gain form instead he can try to get singles by rotating strike.I'm not completely happy with the way Rohit plays now a days.Introducing Test cricket in the limitted over game as a opener.he is good only for Test cricket may be.Better he can sit out and watch and wither Rahane or DK can open the batting and the chances should be given to some other batsman in the middle order may be Stuart Binny can be given some more chances as he is an all rounder.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 1, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

@ Aina Maria Waseem, yup i will have to agree with you. nicely summed up!

Posted by ssachin7398 on (March 1, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

tmrw virat kohli gonna hit a century again and india will beat pakistan by 5/6 wickets

dont underestimate the power of sir jadeja he will take 6-7 wckts and gonna hit 60-70 runs too

b'coz of this 100th odi

try better luck next time dear pakistan :-D :-)

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 1, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

@ Aina Maria Waseem, yup i will have to agree with you. nicely summed up!

Posted by ssachin7398 on (March 1, 2014, 17:36 GMT)

tmrw virat kohli gonna hit a century again and india will beat pakistan by 5/6 wickets

dont underestimate the power of sir jadeja he will take 6-7 wckts and gonna hit 60-70 runs too

b'coz of this 100th odi

try better luck next time dear pakistan :-D :-)

Posted by job_eapen on (March 1, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Shikar, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Rayudu/Karthik(WK), Jadeja, Mishra/Ashwin, Kumar, Shami, Pandey.

Why do India play two WK-batsmen when they have a solid specialist batsmen in form of Pujara to put on the middle order ??

Ashwin has performed well in Asia Cup pretty much well , but still I would like to see Amit Mishra in place of him.

It's always good to have a genuine fast bowler in your lineup, but still I feel like its fair to give a chance to Ishwar Pandey in this game ahead of Varun Aaron.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:33 GMT)

pak 11 ahmed afridi hafeez umer msbh fawad anwr bhati gul ajmal junaid

Posted by Retour on (March 1, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

A mouth watering clash on the cards b/w the traditional arch-rivals. On paper, the Pak team looks more balanced and would start out as the fav. Hafeez, Misbah, Akmal, Afridi, Gul and Ajmal lend loads of international experience to the side.

But games are not played on paper. I am expecting Team Ind to raise its game and it has an exciting bunch of players who can turn a game on their own. I am not a big fan of using bits and pieces players in ODIs (and ofc in Tests). Before picking a player, the team management should decide if the player can make it to the side purely as a batsman or a bowler. If yes, then his other skill can be leveraged upon. From what is available in the squad, Ind should pick players with the ability to change the game rather than those who can score a 20-25 and bowl 4-5 overs. Pujara should be in. He can hold one end up and others can strike around him. Depending up on the pitch, Aaron, Panday and Mishra can be considered.

Best of luck to both the teams.

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 1, 2014, 17:29 GMT)

@GRJVPR, can't say anything, our batting is equally worrisome and nervy.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

pakistan has chance 2 Afridi for opner

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 1, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

@ Great_Lion, actually in that final it was 9-6. It was a mercurial spell by AA.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:25 GMT)

@aina maria waseem: good thoughts .have to agree .

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Why Barun again and not Pandey!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????????

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 1, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Pakistani batsmen need to show some better batting skills. Pitch will be fresh tomorrow in Mirpur. Match can go either way. Best of luck to both teams.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Ajmal vs Virat.....

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 1, 2014, 17:17 GMT)

I think India have a good batting line up. Of course, it's a bit young in terms of experience. But all they need to do is tweak that order a bit. I think DK is batting way too down for my liking. In fact, DK is good enough to bat at 4. Rahane should be 5, Rayudu at 6, Binny at 7, and then the rest. Pakistan obviously are a world class bowling team. Saeed Ajmal is a class act and the Indian batsmen need to play him well for success. Overall, a mouth watering contest on the cards. May the best team win.

Posted by Iltaf182778 on (March 1, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

i really dont want to say anything... i'm almost not believing pak will win although i'm pakistani...pakistani batting is very bad even if incase india bowled out for 170... pakistan will be all out 160 or even 150... therefore it will be hope against hope if pak win.. thats why i'm not even bothering to watch this match...i think its best if we all pakistani dont wast out time....

Posted by P4K1ST4N_7 on (March 1, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Anything can happen in Pakistan & India game, its the "clash of titans". Respect to both teams.

Posted by sheru-sher on (March 1, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

At the end of the day this contest described as marqee clash will end up as a fizzled out one sided match with Pakistan winning by leaps and bounds.If a side could get ""2 to 1"" in a one day match India will be that team. The fast bowlers of pakistan will strike fear into the hearts of the flat track bullies like Dhawan, Nohit, Jadega, Rahane, and Ashwin. Pakistan have better spin bowlers than India so if a dust bowl is prepared "under orders" then Ajmal will spin a web around them. Boom Boom is die for a big score and he has been steady with his 10 overs .Then there is Hafeez to contend with. Ul Haq seems to be getting better with time so early finish.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:12 GMT)

Hoping to be a nail biter!!

Posted by BowledYa on (March 1, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

It is unfortunate that India Pakistan matches are the most popular in cricket world and yet the Indian cricket board refuses to play Pakistan in a bilateral series anywhere? What are they afraid of, losing? Take it in the spirit of sports, winning and losing is a part. Looking forward to a great contest.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

As usual, cricket is about to take a backseat, and as a purist, I simply dread these games. Pakistan's bowling vs India's batting, Junaid Khan vs Virat Kohli, Saeed Ajmal vs the Indian lineup, and last but not the least, Afridi's cameo; it has all been said time and time again. All that has changed is the faces, Saeed for Saqlain, Misbah for Inzy, Kohli for Tendulkar, big boots all to fill, but the fact remains that the essential tale is the same. We are the same Pakistan who still has the better overall record but keeps losing to India in tournaments. They are the same India who have no bowling to speak of but somehow we will take their worst bowler and make a one day's hero out of him. Tommorow, non-fans will steal the show and people like us will recede in the shadows, silently murmuring prayers.Here's to hoping people worry more about the game's effect on the points table than anything else, and that the players enjoy themselves come what may!Here's to a good day at my univ's cafe!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

I be no doubt in my mind that India has had the better of the clashes with Pakistan in the last few years. The only reason why bcos no matter what kind of form they are carrying they have always showcased their A game against us. I see no different Indian side tomorrow. But this time around the only question is are they playing with full strength. my simple answer is no. With Msd and raina not playing the middle order looks fragile. and with Pakistan's lethal spin trio if we can only manage to get Kohli out early I see them putting up a lot of pressure on this new Indian middle order. I am expecting a cracker of a game. Go greens!!!!

Posted by Lord_11 on (March 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

India has just finished its New Zealand tour where they encountered swing bowling. They can handle the likes of Junaid Khan and Umar gul adeptly. Pakistan has played most of their matches in Dubai where playing conditions are at par with sub-continent. Indian spinners will face the true test. Overall the team is balanced in terms of talent. India is a young lot which possesses will to fire and Pakistan have immense experience to capitalize upon. May the best team win.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 1, 2014, 16:59 GMT)

I don't understand why People are calling India's batting weak. Yes, it is a bit low on experience and does not have the reputation of the one that preceded it, but it has a lot of potential and has made 2 250+ scores in this tournament already which is not bad at all. Also, in overseas conditions like NZ, India drove close in almost every match. The bowling failed miserably, but the batting almost made up for it every time. We are missing Dhoni, but its still one of the best batting sides in the world.

Posted by TeamSelector on (March 1, 2014, 16:56 GMT)

Pakistan should make two changes. Fawad Alam for Afridi & Talha For Anwar Ali. Fawad will strengthen the batting & Talha will strengthen the bowling. Also, Hafeez should drop down the batting order ... 1-Sharjeel 2-Shehzad 3-Maqsood 4-Fawad 5-Misbah(c) 6-Akmal(wk) 7-Hafeez 8-Gul 9-Ajmal 10-Junaid 11-Talha

Posted by Great_Lion on (March 1, 2014, 16:53 GMT)

Tomorrow I think rohith sharma will remember that day.That unforgettable day for india .8 years ago , U19 WC final in sri lanka anwar ali produced the best swing bowling spell that earth has ever seen.Rattled the top order including rohith sharma and got 5 wickets with no time.I don't think that kind of spell produced again.Even anwar ali can't do that.ppl Go and watch that in youtube becoz that was truely amazing.Out of earth performance.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 1, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

@Stumps_Breaker Kohli made a century and a 90 against SA in SA. Now they might not be a "star bowling attack" but they're not called the world's best pace attack for nothing.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

pakistan must include fawad Alam in place of sohaib

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

India will lose if they bat first ; they will win if virat bats through the chase - pretty simple ... Indian bowlers have never looked this hopeless in the past and I feel even Afghanistan will fancy their chances of posting 300+ against this Indian attack...

Posted by andrew27994 on (March 1, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

I expect Pakistan to win this match as they have their best side. Not to mention there has been a bit of improvement in their batting with the inclusions of Maqsood and Sharjeel Khan. Also Hafeez, Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad are back in form so its gonna be very difficult for India to win this one. India are simply going to have to bowl better than their usual if they have any reasonable chances of winning. Anyways being an Indian I hope I'm proved wrong. Hope this contest is more exciting than the last encounter these 2 teams had.

Posted by typical_late_cut on (March 1, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

Its going to be a easy match for Pakistan. these overrated Indian team will have a humiliating defeat by superb Pakistan team. Virat Kohli hasn't have the temperament to go hard at star bowling attack. so I think It will be a easy match foe Pakistan.

Posted by Haz95 on (March 1, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

For all those Indians who think that India is weak without Dhoni, Yuvi, Gambhir and co., you guys couldn't be any wronger. You can take a team full of 11 binnys and still manage to beat Pakistan tomorrow because tomorrow ACTUALLY matters. Pakistan's batting is weak like usual and right now Indians may say their bowling is weak but it couldn't be any weaker than Paks. Junaid Khan who last year dismantled India always hides in ICC tournaments and has also lost his Swing so expect Kohli to give him a dishing. Also, our batsmen are out of form too: Afridi, Hafeez and more importantly Maqsood..You guys will have Pujara and he will physically pulverise Pakistan.

Posted by haq33 on (March 1, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

I predict Kohli will crack under the weight of his own ego tomorrow.

Posted by DurtyWurk on (March 1, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

It will def. be a tough match, though I am expecting Pakistan to pull this off. They are hungry and are desperate to prove a point. #WarGreenShirts

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (March 1, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

Pujara needs to be played, and Rohit needs to move down the order. He can add experience to the middle while Pujara can open, rotate strike and let Dhawan play aggressively without tying him down. Rohit is really eating up too many deliveries. On the bowlers, I personally feel that Pandey deserves a go, and Aaron really needs to show some form in domestic cricket before being considered. He is low on confidence right now, and if he gets hammered tomorrow, he might lose what little he has left. As for Rayudu, he can be tried for one more match, but playing Binny in his place could add balance to the side. Binny could then be used as a spare bowler, and finisher to come in and blast a few towards the end. This is what he did in the IPL and what he was most successful at.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

India might miss a trick if they bowl first should they win toss. Pakistani bowlers don't find it difficult to bowl with the wet ball as compared to Indian bowlers. And moreover, we know Pakistan crumbles under pressure batting second. So they won't mind letting their batsmen have a go at Indian bowlers first up. What say?

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:39 GMT)

It will be PAKISTAN .... a easy win for sure ....

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:38 GMT)

pakistans gonna rock the match tomorrow guyzz

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:37 GMT)

Looking forward to the big match... Really hope Pakistan wins

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:34 GMT)

Pandey, Pujara and Misra are to be included in the place of Rohit, Binny and Aswin who totally out of form for the pasr many months. First he should have a bowling coach to improve his variations. Simply, horses for the course would not work. Sometime stringent measures should be taken and players should have discipline when they represent for their nation.

Posted by AminGhadiya on (March 1, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

What more can a cricket fan ask for, a Sunday and india Pakistan odi, I think we should take this as opportunity to bring both nation politically , economically n socially together and increase our brotherhood.

Posted by sahilbappa on (March 1, 2014, 16:30 GMT)

what india doing? In pujara and out raydhu. Pujara is good for middle order.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Its Cricket for diplomacy; Result India will win! I bet

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

It would be a close of luck green shirts.. waiting impatiently for tomorrow.. :)

Posted by byc89 on (March 1, 2014, 16:29 GMT)

Who can justify rohit's place in the team after so many failures? It seems as if number of chances rohit is getting is more than the number of stars in the sky. He may perform tomorrow but surely he wont perform in many more matches.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

i think india will win but match will not one sided. However there will be a good match . both teams will utilize their entire Potential.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

better if India opt for Pandey over Rayudu..keeping Binny intact...will look a better team composition

Posted by scarrule on (March 1, 2014, 16:26 GMT)

India's strenght is chasing nd pakistan strenght is defending. Will see the captain winning the toss will play according to there strenght or opponent weakness as we know pakistan self-destruct while chasing nd india thinking of target of 350-380 will end giving modest 250-270 for chase.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

Two words to sum up the win.. "Fearless Cricket"

Posted by smalishah84 on (March 1, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

India always manage to beat Pakistan in ICC tournaments and tomorrow I get the same feeling. Like SA choke in big tournaments Pakistan also choke against India in big tournaments. I hope Pakistan manage to win tomorrow but I doubt it.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:18 GMT)

India should opt for Ishwar Pandey over Varun...if going for pure Bowler

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

whoever will lose will be out unless Afghanistan pull 2 more upsets. virtually a semi final.

pak has batting issues. more towards self destructive. in 1st they collapsed in end and in 2nd they collapsed at start.

i think fawad should come in for sharjeel or maqsood. its not about2 games. sharjeel has technical issues and maqsood doesnt look in form so fawad should come in middle order. for bowling, i also agree that india is good against spin so might also want 3rd proper seamer in for anwar. this will weaken batting though. ideally i would say drop afridi. but that wont be happening.

another issue for pakistan is that junaid doesnt look that lethal in this event. dew will also be a factor so it wont be easy for pak . if they are batting 1st then pak have to score for dew as well. indias bowling is an issue but batting is still good especially top4.

looking for thrilling game.

Posted by typical_late_cut on (March 1, 2014, 16:16 GMT)

I bet for Pakistan. they have the strongest bowling line up in the world. In other hand India without MSD is just another team. Kohli had to improve lot as a skipper. India's bowling is flat as always. but the thing that surprised me is their batting. worst Indian batting line up I see for years.

Posted by EhmadFaraaz on (March 1, 2014, 16:15 GMT)

Hope Pakistan Not Only Win The Match Tommorow,But Also Win The Hearts Of Lakhs Of Kshmiris. Gud Luk Pak Frm A Kshmiri.

Posted by wakaPAK on (March 1, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

Hope it turns out a good contest. India missing Dhoni and Pak missing the gentle giant. I think toss and dew will be a major factor. Pak has good bowling but it is negated by batting friendly conditions. If India bats the way they have been batting on subcontinent pitches for the last year, it would be difficult for Pak.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

I think pakistan should go with one more spinner like abdul Rehman instead of anwar ali and if pakistan can able to out first three wickets as early pakistan winning chances are more there and umar akmal should be try at no 3 and hafeez should be after misbah.

Posted by Cric_fever_notgoingdown on (March 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

guys plzz no fighting not now not after match just watch the game and enjoy it and support the best team.... an appeal from cricket fan!!!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT)

drop sharjeel and play fawad alam and also play umar akmal up the order

Posted by vrkp on (March 1, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

just like Dhawan, Rohit need to be dropped for a match or two, to make him to think his place can't be taken for granted. after Dhawan was dropped for a match, he scored 110+, 98 in tests and 94 in the last match.

For tomorrow's match, I would like to see either Pujara or Rahane to open with dhawan and other to be slotted in the middle order.

Without Rohit:

Dhawan, Rahane/Pujara, Kohli, Pujara/Rahane, Rayudu, Karthik, Jadeja,Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami and Aaron.

With Rohit (If Kohli is not bold enough):

Then he will replace Rayudu and play at 5.

Bowling wise, we could surprise by opening with a spinner.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

This Indian team lacks the big hitters and finishers which India boasted for long and that helped India become the No.1 ODI team. No Dhoni or Yuvi or Raina and Rayudu, Karthik and Rahane in their places. It looks a fragile middle order and none of them can bast the opponent out of the game a la Yuvi or Dhoni. So that leads to more pressure on Kohli. I would rather drop Rayudu and play Rohit in the middle order with Pujara opening. Pujara with the amount of talent he has has been eaiting too long in the wings.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 1, 2014, 16:02 GMT)

Problem with Dhoni and India's "think-tank" is that they think they know better about pace bowling than other experts around the world!! India should take note from Aus (or even Zimbabwe) when it comes to pace bowling. Look at Aus, they have ordered Siddle to increase pace as he was beginning to drop off a bit. Compare that to Ishant who now bowls at 126 kmph - Only the fans are pleading from him to bowl faster - No word from the captain, selectors or even BCCI!!! Pace bowlers work in tandem - India should play Aaron, Yadav and Shami together and we will then see better results. Im sure these guys will do well if given half as many opportunities as Ishant. In saying that, that does not cure India's pace bowling problems - The issue runs deeper than selection. Pace bowlers need the correct coaching (which MRF provides) supported by encouraging tracks (this is where BCCI is stymies progress) and motivating selections (again failing). India will NEVER find pace bowlers if...!!

Posted by Basamba on (March 1, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

I think it is time we drop Afridi and bring in another player. He never learns from his mistakes and puts more pressure on the team when they are already in a lot of trouble. You cant keep asking Misbah you bail you out all the time. It will be a really interesting match between arch rivals. Pakistan need to play sensibly and not throw there wickets away like the last match. Hope for a Pakistan win!

Posted by spiritwithin on (March 1, 2014, 15:55 GMT)

to my pak friends,i think Pak will win tomorrows match because their bowling is better and in batting there is not much difference considering Dhoni is not there and you only have to take the wicket of Kohli quickly..hoping for a close contest

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:52 GMT)

@pavan v lol.... What u said is right. U teach a dog to bat and it'll def do better than what mr. Rohit Sharma his doing presently. Watching him bat makes one insane.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

India's last match vs sl. its very close. if we compared with sl team indian line is less experience one. but however indian attacked shocked sl side. now india need a very good team plan.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

It will be big test for pakistani bowler and Indian batsman good to watch

Posted by godshand on (March 1, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

Rohit out and Pujara IN = Indian WIN :)

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

India need to bring pujara in place of rayudu and rohit should play in middle order to boost the misddle order and ,should play varun aaron instead of binny.. India's bowling has slightly improved . This should be india's 11 tomoro 1.pujara 2.dhawan 3.kholi 4.rahane 5.rohit sharma 7.ashwin 8.jaddu 9.bhuvi 10.shami ahmed 11.varun aaron.

Posted by pavan_v on (March 1, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

Donno why some people are after rayudu..... better replace rohit for a can play better...

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (March 1, 2014, 15:28 GMT)

Pakistan should bowl first if they win the toss. Inshallah pakistan will win. GOOD LUCK GREEN TEAM.

Posted by wapuser on (March 1, 2014, 15:24 GMT)

My mind say India win but as Pakistani my heart say we will win Insha Allah. It will a tough contest, I will watch this game with my friend who belongs to India. So, for me it will be very fun and joyful day with my friend best of luck Green shirts. Waiting for the clash of year. In my opinion the team who control there nerves will win the game once again best of luck green shirts

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

india : improvement required in fielding side.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:22 GMT)

Team India middle order is too poor. kohli rohit dhawan rahane only four player play well in batting line up . pujuara is other option to make strong batting line , i hope , in bowling if mishra played bowling side good .. ambati out, varun out ...

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

My team and batting order for tomorrow's match is as follows :-

1. Ahmed Shehzad 2. Shahid Afridi 3. Umar Akmal 4. Misbah-Ul-Haq 5. Sohaib Maqsood 6. Mohammad Hafeez 7. Bilawal Bhatti 8. Anwar Ali 9. Umar Gul 10. Saeed Ajmal 11. Junaid Khan

this is best team and batting order fir Pakistan in my opinion ... try Hafeez at No.6 and Afridi as a opener with Shehzad and we need juxt 40 runs from Afridi in no time ... Drop Sharjeel fir 1 match and try this batting order ... Bhatti and Anwar both are reliable barsman alrounders ... both will bat and ball well ... give them a chance together as they play better together ...

Posted by yuvi_gladiator on (March 1, 2014, 15:20 GMT)

this series will be a proof of how week india really are without yuvi and raina in the middle. now we won't even win in subcontinent. seems like the selectors are on a holiday and so sad to see our team in this state. we have no chance against Pak, best of luck to both teams and i hope we get a good game anyways

Posted by Desihungama on (March 1, 2014, 15:15 GMT)

Wow. So it's going to be Anwar Ali Vs Rohit Sharma face to face since Under 19 WC 2006. Who would have thought of it?

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Pakistan r at full strength at the moment. ..will India have major injuries issue's, which in all will be hunting . it's a high pressure game, where we need calmness of Dhoni...As a captain he have left huge shoes to be filled...Where's the rest..I m not confident. With no bowler to support Shami....We r lacking to stop from high scoring game... In batsman we r low on confidence after losing out so much in recent past... Pakistan too have it's share of batting problems.But their player's especially Misba,Umar,Shahid, Gul, Saeed...preferably perform against us...High Scoring Games to be followed...I have full confidence on Kholi, Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Mohammed Shami. Clash of TITAN.....

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

First of all, PAK is favorite for tomorrow. IND line-up need a change in place of Rayudu for Pujara n make him open instead of Rohit, let him play as a finisher, it can be a gamble.... I don't want to say anymore just waiting for tomorrow.

Don't know why I m feeling it's IND BOWLING vs PAK BATTING!!!!!! LOL!!!

Posted by OceanBreeze on (March 1, 2014, 15:11 GMT)

My heart wants Pakistan to win. Go Green!

Posted by pull_shot on (March 1, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

If pakistan some how gets kohli,dhawan it's all over for indai, but if they one of them also put pressure on other, i think time to get rahane on opening and rohit to middle order at 4th down

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

The team batting second can win .pak really need Fawad Alam in there line up I don't know when Afridi won a match for pak he is a waste becoz Indian player s play spin very well.pak need a left arm spinner . Indian batting is very strong in sub continent conditions .They can chase any target near 300 easily but can be blown away while batting first as they try to set to big a score for the opposition. Haffez is the key for pak 2moro becoz he likes to play against a medicure bowling attack like india. Hope Misba win the toss and bowl first.hope Fawad to replace Afridi.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 15:04 GMT)

Umar Akmal needs to keep his good form. India's msin power is Kohli and Dhawan. If Pakistan get them early. Then Pakistan can win it easily. Excited. Go GreenShirts!! GOOD LUCK!

Posted by CandidIndian on (March 1, 2014, 15:03 GMT)

Firstly Pujara should play this crucial game, actually he should have played last two games too since neither Dhoni nor Raina is there in middle order. Rayudu is inexperienced and Karthik does not have the temperament to play international cricket. Secondly in India matches were started one hour before to negate the effect of dew, i find no reason that why this cant happen in upcoming matches too. Thirdly i feel Pakistan has a slight edge as Indian middle order is inexperienced and they are struggling with their fifth bowling option, both Binny and Aaron have been poor.Lastly its sad to see kiddish comments of keyboard fighters degrading opposition teams with poor comments with addition of a LOL to satisfy their virtual egos. My advice grow up.

Posted by Cric-Aus-SL on (March 1, 2014, 15:00 GMT)

pujara for rayudu and ishwar pandy for binny

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (March 1, 2014, 14:56 GMT)

Pakistan must bring in Rehman in place of Anwar/Bhatti & Fawad Alam in for Sohab M. Akmal should bat at #4 OR 5.

Posted by saczmale on (March 1, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

It don't matter who win. But I can assure you that both country's fan will be on their toes for good 6hours . Go green

Posted by alipk52 on (March 1, 2014, 14:50 GMT)

What is the conditions? is it similarly slow like fataullah? I feel like the upper hand will go to a team who will win toss, I guess it's win toss bowl first pitch. Hopefully Pakistan will not falter by their nerves in a pressure match, they slways lose to india by the fact they can't seem to handle the pressure well than India does.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

India has got only one real I guess its actually Virat vs pakistani bowling. wonder why pujara is still not getting a game.Go team blue..make us proud at tomorrow

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Seriously drop Amit Mishra for the next series.. Let him play the domestic games at least.. What is the point of having him in the team if he is not going to play at least one game?? Drop Rayudu and play Mishra.. Jadeja needs to bat at 6 even in tests.. Why not start now?? Ashwin, Mishra and Kumar are more than capable with the bat.. Last game was just pathetic.. Gave a chance to Stu Binny and made him play at 8 and bowl 5 overs.. If stu binny plays, he should play as a 6th bowler and a batting all rounder.. Wonder what Duncan Fletcher thinks?? If Bresnan or Ryan McLaren can play at 7, Stu Binny should be playing at 6 really.. And Mishra needs to play tomorrow.. Pakistan struggle against leg spin.. Do your homework please!!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

Best of luck for both teams. The one with better performance will win the game. Love from Pakistan.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

rahane can open and pujara gives some solidity to the middle order... kohli should consider to rest rohit.... rohit and binny out.... pujara and ishwar pandey IN..

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

With the way Indians have been dropping catches, Pakistan are favorites to win. Until now, India had Kohli and Dhoni but now it is only Kohli. Rohit needs to make room for Pujara, and Binny for Mishra though I doubt Mishra will be played. Varun is likely to play but may fail again.

Posted by mzm149 on (March 1, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

Pakistan should pick Talha instead of Bhatti/Anwar. New Pakistani pacers always surprise India. Umar Gul has a bit of niggle. It will also ease his workload.

I think the contest will boil down to Kohli vs Pakistani bowing and Jadeja vs Pakistani batting. I hope Pakistan bowls first.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:37 GMT)

It is more of a media creation. It is not really for the players. They play their normal game. The pressure always comes from the public as they want their country to win.

Posted by Nigah on (March 1, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Toss plays a crucial role the team who won the toss have a great chance to win, however I don't remember when Misbah last time won the toss in ODIs.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

India Batting ? where is that. Apart from Kohli and to a extend Dhawan, none other gives any confidence. No power hitter as well to have a slow start saving wickets. I guess Rohit needs rest, pujara for him.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Pakistan will win InShaAllah and CricketStarBest dreams can be true and i know India will do the same like what the did with SouthAfrica 4-0 hahahahah

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

relly looking forward for this encounter.....

i believe its 50-50% chance for both teams... but on flat pitch its really difficult to say if bowlers can take real advantage here.... putting advantage to india but still anything can happen on match day...

i will say SHAHID AFRIDI will be game changer tomorrow.. :) GO green

Posted by wapuser on (March 1, 2014, 14:26 GMT)

Go green shirts win the game and us proud !!! Pakistan Zindabad...

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

pak will be win inshaAllah

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 1, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

MARK MY WORDS, INDIA WILL WIN THIS MATCH. Pakistan can win only in dreams. Congrats India in advance

Posted by Nampally on (March 1, 2014, 14:18 GMT)

India needs some reliable middle order batting against Pakistan's excellent bowling. Both Rayudu & Karthik are dubious in their abilities as batsmen & Rohit Sharma has not proven himself to be great opener. This leaves the batting in the hands of just 3 guys- Dhawan, Kohli & Rahane. India need a reliable sheet anchor like Pujara to hold one end up. India needs to avoid repeat of 28 for 4 performance in an ODI vs. Junaid & Gul, couple of years ago. Benching of Pujara is unjustified when India does not have reliable batsmen good against pace bowlers. In bowling if Aaron is to be in XI, guide him to avoid his short pitched rubbish. It did not work in pace friendly NZ & it certainly will be smashed on docile BD pitches. My advise to Kumar & Shami is to avoid full tosses in the death overs. They are the easiest balls to hit! Even Yorkers should be "Surprise" balls to be effective. Attempting 6 Yorkers in an over is lunacy! Focus on length & bowl to your off side field. India is better side.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

I am looking forward for an even contest, i have little concer with Pakistan's middle order, if the put solid score for bowlers to defend there is good chance of winning..For team india there are two problems one is there bowlers and second they dont have MSD, he is my all time favourite captain..Being Pakistani offcourse i wish my team to win..but both the teams are having good chances..Pakistan needs to get Kohli as soon as they can and game is over..Go green, Bleed Green :-) Best of luck India. and i have one prediction, the team who will win between Pak and India, will defeat srilanka in Final :-) Sorry Lankan fans, i love ur team, but its just prediction from my side...

Posted by Kaka13 on (March 1, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

India is winning this match, just see and enjoy.

Posted by Sidath346 on (March 1, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

Even though I support SL, this is one mouth watering contest that should not be missed. India v Pakistan; it doesn't get better than that and that too a kind of semi-final. Bring it on. My heart will support Pakistan. Who plays better cricket is yet to be seen and will be the deserving winners.

Posted by phunny_game on (March 1, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Well.. The big game is here. And looking at the way Afghanistan is playing, its much important to win tomorrow for India. Coz surely even if India win against AFG, they are good enough to not give away the bonus point. So all hopes for Semi final berth clinging on to tomorrow's match. Would love to see a change in the fragile middle order, but then, enough chances have to be given to the players before showing them the door. So i don't see any change in the batting order.

If Aaron is playing, which looks likely from the match report, he has to get some control in his bowling. He has not done anything to impress anyone at all apart from his pace, which eventually works against him. Fielding will continue to remain pathetic, and nobody can do anything about it. No matter how many runs we save, if we cannot take catches, it all goes down the sewer.

Rohit made me believe that he has matured into a good player after Australia series. He might hit a hundred tomorrow but who am i kidding!!!

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

lol @ ahmed shehzad in comparison to virat kohli. though im looking forward to a potential blockbuster clash. theres been some good games so far, this could be best so far. indias bowlers are just biscuit crumble vs pakistans flaky, sugar coated batting line-up. mmm

Posted by GRJVPR on (March 1, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

India will struggle against Pakistan pace sensation Junaid Khan !

Posted by DD_f0rever on (March 1, 2014, 14:02 GMT)

Nothing beats India VS Pakistan contest. Be it Ashes or WC or any other tournament. Even if kids of India and Pakistan play each other on streets, TRP will be very high :P

Expecting another cracker of a game and hope Ind wins :) .. (Dhoni will be missed). However, My gut feeling says Pak will win.

Best of Luck to both the teams. PEACE. \ m /

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 14:01 GMT)

India will win i am from Afghanistan i desperately want India to win;;;;

Posted by Kaka13 on (March 1, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

I am really annoyed why Pujara is not in playing 11, Rayudu is not looking good, and when Dhoni not there u need solid batsman in middle order, there is too much dependency on Kohli. and Ishwar too needs a chance.

my 11 - Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, Kumar, shami and Ishwar. Binny - 12th Man

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 13:58 GMT)

My wishes are with you Pakistan. You are well ahead and you can do it.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Good luck team Green we are with you

Posted by FRpunk on (March 1, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

Yes I knew It . Shehzad does indeed Looks like Kohli with a Helmet on . Big game Tomorrow . Its Show Time . #BleedBlue

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