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India-Pakistan semi-final possible in Mohali

If both India and Pakistan win their quarter-finals, the crowd in Mohali could be in for a treat

S Rajesh

March 20, 2011

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India's win against West Indies means the quarter-final line-ups are sealed, with the intriguing possibility of an India-Pakistan semi-final in Mohali. But before that, India will need to get past Australia in Ahmedabad on March 24, while Pakistan will have to defeat West Indies in Mirpur on March 23.

The result of the last group match also means Sri Lanka will not need to play outside Colombo till the final, if they get that far. Sri Lanka's quarter-final will be against England at the Premadasa Stadium, a venue where they've won 29 ODIs and lost 17 since 2000. The winner of that game will play the winner of the third quarter-final in Mirpur, between South Africa and New Zealand. That semi-final will again be played in Colombo, which means both India and Sri Lanka have the chance to maximise their home advantage.

However, since the Mohali semi-final is the second one, on March 30, it means the winner of the first quarter-final, between Pakistan and West Indies, will have a six-day break, while India or Australia will have five. On the other hand, the winner of the last quarter-final, between Sri Lanka and England, will only get two days before they play their semi-final, though they'll have the advantage of playing at the same venue.

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Posted by Ram on (March 22, 2011, 16:41 GMT)

Octopus Paul's prediction : India v Pakistan @ Mohali SL v SA @ Colombo... India v SA at Mumbai...too late he died before predicting the winner!!!

Posted by aamer on (March 22, 2011, 12:28 GMT)

INSHALLAH THERE WILL BE AUS AND PAK IN SEMI FINALS AND PAKISTAN WILL WIN THAT MATCH AS WELL AS MATCH THEREAFTER....................SORRY FOR INDIA..

Posted by Aamir on (March 21, 2011, 18:31 GMT)

@spookykid.....boy just go to the fixtures and check the world cup fixtures u'll know...pakistan is in C group in QF's and india is in group E....the semis fixtures is like this group C winner vs group E winner and group D winner versus group F winner so if pakistan beat WI n india beat aussies so pakistan will face india at mohali in semies this will the Big Game in the history of cricket.......hope u got it ur answer!!!

Posted by Enjay on (March 21, 2011, 14:22 GMT)

Hey spookykid!

winner of QF1 plays winner of QF4 winner of QF2 plays winner of QF3 in semis.

Posted by Mustafa on (March 21, 2011, 14:03 GMT)

From Pak point of view, they have achieved more then expected of them, they have beaten SL and Aus from their group, NZ loss largely was due to Kamran Akmal. Considering what they have gone through in the last year with the players they lost, fFrom here onwards anything they do, will be a bonus.

Posted by Simon on (March 21, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

@spookykid - Thats my question too. I was thinking that India will play the winners of match between SA and NZ if they make it to the Semi-Final.

Posted by Madhu on (March 21, 2011, 13:54 GMT)

i gotto agree with the other person commenting here.. Aussies have won 3 straight WC.. enough already.. some other team needs to win.. i doubt india will win, unless Tendulkar/sehwag produce repeat performance in every game like they did against SA.. I think the favourites are SA, SL, and ofcourse Aussies

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 13:50 GMT)

Australian side fields and run between the wickets faster than any other side. This is their strength and this was the reason they won the last three world cups. They may win again they are a tough side and would rise to the occasion.

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 13:25 GMT)

hope 4 an india lanka final..... n an indo pak semi

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 21, 2011, 13:07 GMT)

i wish my pakistan all the best for QF and want to see pak vs ind in semi final to see indian crowed silent again like in first 14 overs of 1996 QF then srilanka vs pak in final at mumbai... n

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S Rajesh Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.
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