India v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Ahmedabad

Sound bowling options give Pakistan edge

The Preview by Siddarth Ravindran

December 27, 2012

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Match facts

December 28, 2012
Start time 1700 (1130 GMT)


Bhuvneshwar Kumar appeals successfully against Ahmed Shehzad, India v Pakistan, 1st T20, Bangalore, December 25, 2012
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: One-off showcase performance or the start of something special? © BCCI
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Big Picture

A fabled rivalry was renewed after a five-year hiatus with a cracking match in Bangalore. The track wasn't the usual Twenty20 bowler-killing slab, having enough spice to interest the quicks. There were collapses, fightbacks and some heated moments, before Shoaib Malik enhanced his reputation for raising his game against India with a half-century that was topped off by a match-winning six in the final over. Ahmedabad fans will hope for similar thrills, but a different result, on Friday.

The IPL is regularly put forth as one of the reasons for India's Test decline. While that argument has divided opinion, the IPL doesn't seem to have done much to improve India's Twenty20 performances either. Their previous three World Twenty20 campaigns have been lacklustre, and while the batting is more or less settled, no bowler has yet nailed yet his place in the XI. The one spinner who had done that, R Ashwin, was surprisingly left out of the first T20, a move that Mohammad Hafeez suggested helped Pakistan.

In contrast, Pakistan have a plethora of bowling options, with Hafeez playing as a genuine allrounder, and Malik and Shahid Afridi able to contribute with both bat and ball. They also have two of the most successful T20 bowlers in Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul, who combined to trigger India's astonishing late-innings slide in Bangalore. The home side's batting needs to find a way to negotiate them, if they are to stand a serious chance of levelling the series.

Form guide

India LLWWW (Completed games, most recent first)
Pakistan WLWLW

Players to watch

A noisy Chinnaswamy Stadium became even more deafeningly loud when debutant seam bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the ball to snake both ways, castling two Pakistan batsmen and having another caught behind. It was not just the swerving deliveries that excited the fans but the manner in which he set up the dismissals. It was a dream start for Bhuvneshwar, but can he repeat the magic or was it a one-off? Ahmedabad will give us a clue.

Another new-ball bowler who didn't just catch the eye but demanded attention with his towering frame was Mohammad Irfan. He was regularly around the 90mph mark, troubling the India batsmen with his pace and bounce. He was much quicker than in his previous international outings - a couple of ODIs against England in 2010 - and drew high praise from Wasim Akram.

Stats and Trivia

  • Umar Akmal's zero in the first T20 was the fifth of his career, leaving him one behind four players - including Shahid Afridi - for the most ducks in T20s
  • Virat Kohli needs 29 runs to break Martin Guptill's record for the most T20 runs in a calendar year*

Quotes

"The way we played the last match, our morale is quite high… I will give credit to the bowlers and fielders. They [India] were 70 for no loss and after that we came back. Bowling has always been our strength and in the last match, even after a bad start, the comeback was outstanding. As a captain I am very pleased with that."
Mohammad Hafeez, the Pakistan captain

"The conditions here are different. The one [pitch] in Bangalore was seaming and over here, it will be slow and offer turn. There is no pressure on us."
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the India medium-pacer

*03.37GMT December 27: The stat had earlier incorrectly included Umar Akmal. This has been changed

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Posted by Solid_Snake on (December 28, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Ohh man!!! How are we going to chase such a huge total..Come on Greens..Start attacking right from the first ball..Ahmed Shehzad..Today is the day you prove yourself or you are out forever..Goodluck Greens

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Go Green Go...!! Gud Luck team Pakistan

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (December 28, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Expect another HIGH-VOLTAGE, fierce contest in offing. Its gonna be one heluva game. Much will depend on INDIAN BOWLING and Pakistan BATTING ! Go Paki Go. Do it again, ya babe !

Posted by jb633 on (December 28, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Come on India, show us all something. Initially I delighted at watching us beat India in their own backyard but now I am worried about what the future holds. As much as some of the Indian forum trolls can annoy me, the global game needs a strong Indian side (particularly test match). The rapidity at which their cricket is declining is worrying me greatly and the BCCI seems to be providing no direction at all.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

Good luck team Pakistan. You have the capability to beat Indians. Come on......

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

Teams need to be attacking, but team batting first should assure 155 runz, so no need to all out attack, 155 would be enough for both sides. dont go for 170+ its a risk, go after ajmal that will hurt Pakistan, but ajmal is not jadeja :P. get kohli cheaply,but raina? this is all about indo pak

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

we all knw dat pakistan team is da world best team in t20 cricket,bt india,s tour is always preasure tour for both sides.bt 1st match victory boost the pakistan,s team moral,i pray 4m GOD for the victory of pakistan.INDIA,S bad raputation in cricket due to IPL,coz IPL is,t producing cricketers,they jst producing entetainers.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:38 GMT)

@Khurramsh: You are right man, i was refering to B kumar.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

india need a seamer ... a good one ...... i hope b. kumar is the hope ...... waise .... what a rivalry ....it's like manchester city vs manchester united .... kise hor naal wadiya khed ya na khedan par ...appas wich ... pura zor launde ne .... i hope india will win today ...)))) .... so series level and no one win ..... )))

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

I think India will come back very strongly in this game.Pakistan have very good bowlers, but India have a strong batting line up.Pakistans batting have always been their weak link.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

india will rot them out.they catch the swing as they r not used to this feild. their bowling is good.but not batting . it will be a tough match for them

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

@Shaukat Ali -- Im afraid this is an endless wait, as Ahmed Shahzad would never fire, cuz his ignite buttons are done and dusted. he is more keen n interested in modelling and thats he should try opting as a career ... sorry to disappoint u buddy!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Best of Luck PAKISTAN!....................

Posted by khurramsch on (December 28, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

@Imran Haider on (December 28 2012, 05:45 AM GMT) - featured comment: Mate who is PB you are refering too? Am i missing something? his name is B. Kumar which can be BK

Posted by anver777 on (December 28, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

My prediction is T20 series 1-1 & ODI 2-1 to India !!!!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

Pakistan has a reputation of producing fast bowlers. The bowling talent in Pakistan comparing the history and present is far more superior than India On the other hand India needs tournament with Pakistan as it always raise their game This series no matter what the result like always is a big test and experience for both teams. It was unfortunate to see all blues and Indian flag. As well the display from some of the Indian players. Cricket is all about discipline.

Posted by Mr.Blacksmith on (December 28, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Friday is the day of green shirts, they never loose on this day of week. let's see what happen.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

I am waiting for Ahmad Shahzad to fire, he is an excellent talent,M Irfan looks promising but his consistency, variations, fitness and fielding will be a question to answer, I would love to see him steaming in against next SA Tour. To Indians fans, please don't criticize Dhoni so much, a captain is as good as his players,you do have half a dozen bowlers on injured list like Irfan Pattan,Parveen Kumar,Munaf, etc.B kumar is a good addition to the bowling unit but only time will tell how long he can survive on different tracks with his medium pace. Dhoni workload should be cutoff by taking away the captaincy.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

@Amb Resh --- I like your attitude ... but alas, ur words wont come to the rescue of the indian turkies .... cheer up mate!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

it will be a nail biting game....Q

Posted by ossie111 on (December 28, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

India were lucky in the first T20 not to close so badly, it was a close match in the end. Pakistan have hardly been playing any international cricket and havent had too much match practice in india before the first T20.

Kumar got lucky, he doesnt look special at all, will expect him to go for a few runs today

Pakistan should win the second T20 easy

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Pakistan loose to India doesnt matter with their bowling or puny batting ...So pakistan 11 get lost We will win today and also the odi series.So last match was not comfortably won by pakistan with a weak bowling we managed u guys till the last over....So just dont decide u r going to lift the series .We are never going to leave the trophy to Pakistan ....never and don think friday is luck or watever u punies

Posted by sheru001 on (December 28, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

If there is politics involved then surly it is going to be a draw. And if it is going to be a clean game then surly Pakistan has a clear advantage. But it is a game, India has the potential and will try very best to bounce back. Let's see what's going to happen.......!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

i think India has a better chance to win this match or rather i'd say any match because of their home crowd advantage, batting depth and fielding supremacy. collapsing in the last match was nothing less than a miracle, otherwise India was set for some good 160+ score, which Pak could never get. However, on the other hand, morale must be high in the pakistani ranks, but nevertheless, this doesnt matter, they can chase down huge totals without losing too many wickets or they might stuggle to reach 70s in some cases. Pakistan has always lived upto peoples' expectation of providing exciting matches and this would not be any exception as well, so hang-on tight and dont cut ur nails as the match will let u do that ... cheers!!!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

As Khem Raj suggested I don't mind dropping Goutam. Yes, Kohli can open with Rahane. The vacancy is filled with Ashwin. Many birds in one shot (one replacement) Gouti with poor form will be out. Sir Ravi's superior fielding is not lost. There will also be adequate bowling options, with this move.

Posted by LahoriLion009 on (December 28, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

I think FRIDAtY doesn't matter. In the past pak won and loss on friday. Pak won from SA in recent T20 WC on friday but lost semi final of WC 2011 from india on friday. its performance of the team in the ground that matters........

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Whether Hafeez was playing mind games or not, Ashwin should be in. Ashwin is a better bowler for the early overs. And Dinda, and to some extent Ishant too, are better for end-game. This contrasting plight should be positively deployed by the captain. First 6 overs should be bowled by Kumar & Ashwin. Dinda and/or Ishant should be brought in, at the power-play stage ONLY if Ashwin or Kumar start leaking runs, at that stage.

Posted by Srini_17 on (December 28, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

It is going to be a good pressure match no matter what the outcome would be and am glad that its going to be very exicting for viewers from both the countries. Pakistan holds an upper edge due to their superior bowling attack as well as due to India's ineffective bowling attack. If Indian batsmen would tone down their overconfident power hitting abilities and play a balanced attack & rotate strike than throwing caution to the wind, then they would easily bat Pak out of the game. At the moment the cushion of 8 batsmen makes them go for glory, which was the reason for the batting collapse in the previous match. My Team Pick Bowling (Ashwin, Bhuvanesh, Ishant, Piyush) Batting (Rehane, Rayudu, Kohli, Yuvi, Dhoni, Raina) and 11th spot could be anyone between Dinda/Awana/Rohit Sharma/Jadeja depending upon conditions.

Posted by kaidranzer on (December 28, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Why is Bhuvneshwar Kumar being allowed make statements? One good T20 match and he's a superstar? Just let him concentrate on his game and not fall prey to all the attention. If this continues, I am sure India will lose another could-have-been good fast bowler.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

Pakistan has definitely got an edge over India. With one already lost and the pressure of home crowd and media, India is more likely to crack their nerves today. On the other hand, Pakistan are high on confidence. I'm confident that Pakistan can sweep T20 series today....

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

Go hard Guyz May Allah bless u with victory. Pakistan Zindabad

Posted by ZAB2121 on (December 28, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

Why would Kohli/Raina score if they are after Dhoni's captaincy? Dhoni is a guy who has made India won T20, 50WC, taken India to test #1 for a year and I believe Indians should support him in his downfall.

I have listened crap from Gavasker about the split captaincy but he can only talk S for hours. Dhoni is the best unlike the other Indian overrated players (Sachin, Kohli, Raina, Gambhir). From Dhoni's Pakistani Fan

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

I am an Indian and I have never seen Pakistan loose on Friday.

Posted by AjitDJ on (December 28, 2012, 9:00 GMT)

Dhoni is destroying the careers of several batsman (like Manoj Tiwari) with his partiality towards Rohit Sharma who gets numerous chances but doesn't perform well in any.

Posted by AjitDJ on (December 28, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

The only way India can win this match is if their bowlers get lucky and pick up wickets.

Otherwise, even if their batsman bat excellently and pile on a lot of runs, their bowlers are going to give it away in an instant.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:55 GMT)

Who will play better will definitely win,There should be no harsh feelings on both side:)

Posted by bhrangi on (December 28, 2012, 8:50 GMT)

As a die hard fan of India, I want us to lose this T20 and ODI series very hard though because last time I read article that tells that this series will determine the Dhoni's tenure as captaincy. So better we lose otherwise Dhoni will continue to give chance to his loyalties irrespective to their performance.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

dhoni's team selection is not questionable but absolutely bizzare!!!!! otherwise why would anyone continue to give useless players like rohit sharma and ravindra jadeja so many chances!!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 28, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Irrespective of end result i want all playrs of my pak 11 to give their more than 80%,especialy the top 3 battrs,ind have only slight advantage ovr pak whenevr their iz road like track,so it would b mighty intresting whenevr ind play against pak at uae,dubai,sharjah and i would always put my money on pak undr those circum stances,@jimbond,agreed on kumar's bowlng,but strongly disagree on irfan's issue,i thnk he woud b handful on hard bouncy tracks,

Posted by KhemrajThakur on (December 28, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Gautam be replaced by kohli as opener and Aswin can be drafted in place of him in playing XI. He is struggling as his strike rate is not of T20 standard.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

India Pak matches are pressure matches, the team handled batter will win, series opened release the pressure from green shirts, but raised on blue shirts, this is what all about the indo pak game. new someone from indian batting has to be stand alone performer otherwise pak unit will repeat the same story.kohli is the key for india and you will be surprised gul is the key from pak side. rest of the side is balanced expect the captancy confidence which dhoni is lacking these days, even he lose the confidence over his bowlers and batsmen which is not good for team india. hoping for cracker again.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (December 28, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

Irrespective of end result i want all playrs of my pak 11 to give their more than 80%,especialy the top 3 battrs,ind have only slight advantage ovr pak whenevr their iz road like track,so it would b mighty intresting whenevr ind play against pak at uae,dubai,sharjah and i would always put my money on pak undr those circum stances,@jimbond,agreed on kumar's bowlng,but strongly disagree on irfan's issue,i thnk he woud b handful on hard bouncy tracks,

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Who will play better will definitely win,There should be no harsh feelings on both side:)

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

with pakistan having very strong bowling attack they have the upper hand. indian batting will have to do better in this match in order to compete.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

the series is going to be drawn..

Posted by jaffers1 on (December 28, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

@zarasibaat, India can handle more pressure than Pakistan? Are you in your senses. Did you see the last match?

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Jimbond, it speaks volumes about your cricketing acumen when you don't even know that Sehwag is not playing in this series. And Imran..who is PB?

Posted by KhemrajThakur on (December 28, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Indian batsmen took game frist game lightly. Dhoni,s team selection was questionable and he himself struggling as a batsman too. India need some magic and hardwork to win this game.

Posted by Budhaiya on (December 28, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

@ Rags57, It doesn't matter whether today in Friday or Saturday,what matters most is the determination to excel. If Pakis play better,they'll be victorious,if India are able to show off their skills then they'll be winners

Posted by Indialover on (December 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

I think ashwin will replace jadeja and that will be the only change in indian side.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

It will be great contest again, both teams are well balanced if Dhoni agrees to include 4 specialist bowlers(Ashwin must be in the team) and couple of part timers can do the job of the fifth bowler. I have feeling that India will be all charged up today not to forget they are at home. Will be good contest between Pakistan's bowling and India's batting, best of luck to both team.

We as fans will need more oxygen today!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

This is not an excuse that India has to play well today because it is Friday. Both of the teams are equally balanced and one has great batting and the other has great bowling. The conditions of the pitch are in favor of India today because it will be a dead pitch and India has slight advantage over Pakistan over batting. We shouldexpect a nail biter today.

Posted by zarasibaat on (December 28, 2012, 7:24 GMT)

This ll be a good batting pithc with a 170+ score. Team batting first ll have a good chance to win. Indian ll go with Ashwin while Jedeja might be dropped. Team India can handle more pressure than Pakistan. This could be a last over finish again.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

I have my own doubts on India. The only way India can redeem itself would be by throwing i mean literally throwing out irresponsible players like Rohit sharma and Jadeja (who seem to have the favour of dhoni) and instead groom players lke Rayadu and Manoj tiwary, which i am sure will not happen till Dhoni is around. So lets not be too optimistic guys. the writing is on the wall!!!

Posted by PointFielder on (December 28, 2012, 7:20 GMT)

Hope India does not makes a mistake of going in with 9 batsman in second T20 as well.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

But I have a different point of view, Pakistan had lost most number of matches on Friday, Specially against Sri Lanka after 1996 world cup...

Posted by Jay.Raj on (December 28, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

When i first saw bhuvaneswar kumar in IPL, i thought he will have a bright future for india if he gets selected at the right time and I think finally india will have a strong replacement for zaheer khan. I also hope that he can continue working on his bowling and get his speed upto 135kmh along with the swing. Anything is achievable with hard work. good luck

Posted by gangsta78 on (December 28, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

I think pacer's frm both sides will b expensive today, the only problem with pak team is they get over confidence after winning just 1 match and that coz them a defeat in the next match, i m afraid thats wat gonna happen if they dnt realise that today's match is a different one and this indian team will b a lot different and hard to defeat, sombody just said in his comment that India will have to play out of their skins to win today bt i think its pakistan who has to play out of their skins to win the series, i have noticed 1 thing that against india if pak loses their oppeners early thn they play well and most of the time they win the match, so i m hopping the same today frm pak oppener's.

Posted by Shazli on (December 28, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

Inshallah Pakistan white wash India in T2o & ODI's

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 7:10 GMT)

I'm a fan from Pakistan. Mum is Indian and Dad is Pakistani, so I support both the teams lol. May the best team win. Good luck to both Pakistan and India.

Posted by doosra_inventer on (December 28, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

if pakistan win today there will be huge changes in Indian line up.

Posted by BRKRISHNA on (December 28, 2012, 6:52 GMT)

Cricket fans in India do not like Indian team to lose a match played on Indian soil. Time we all stand up and applaud this England team for teaching us a lesson in humility. Even losing the first T20 match to arch rivals Pakistan did not bring out emotions beyond a point. One or two more defeats on home turf and Indian cricket fans will learn not to recall two agonizing months of cricket played in India. What a dramatic transformation in our attitude!

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@Imran Haider.Actually its quite opposite to what you said. First of, PB was consistently at the 79-80mph mark.Asif had the ability to crank it up to 83-85mph.He additionally had the height advantage, Asif is taller than PB...Anotehr thing,where you are totally off is the comparison with Irfan. Of the two, PB relies ALOT on the surface, he was seaming the ball off the wicket in addition to swing. Last pitch had grass on it, so it definitely helped. Irfans strength is the difficult bounce he can produce due to his height, he can make the ball creep up from a good length. Ive played some tall bowlers, its a pain in the neck. Due to this factor and his pace, Irfans bowling is less likely to be affected by the type of wicket, it is PB who might suffer if the track doesnt suit seam or swing bowling.They were both surprise packages, batsmen didnt know.Now they will be aware.U Akmal and Jamshed played horrible shots, no foot work,not covering the line,even though the deliveries were great.

Posted by irmark on (December 28, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

"The conditions here are different. The one [pitch] in Bangalore was seaming and over here, it will be slow and offer turn. There is no pressure on us." Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the India medium-pacer

Wow a slow indian pitch... I am shocked

The rest of the world will be Cheering for Pakistan

Posted by James_P on (December 28, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

@Mir Wajahat Ali: the 1999 world cup final was played on June 20 which was a Sunday :P

Posted by khurramkhalil23 on (December 28, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Bhubaneswar Kumar is a good bowler otherwise india not produce any good bowler.. pakistan edge on bowling and i think pak will win 2nd T20 also in sha Allah :).. gud luck for team pakistan :)

Posted by suhailisaac on (December 28, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Agreed with jimbond that it is premature to predict anything great about both kumar and irfan, only time will tell. Irfan has taken the advantage of his height, it will be more important to see his varieties.

Posted by senthil25 on (December 28, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Good Luck for both a teams.............win or loss always fun to watch India vs Pakistan..........

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

We Are Going 2-0 In the Serries inshALLAH !!! And Mr Bond M Irfan shook all the indian batsman hes not just an ordinary bowler he has some extra ordinary advantages to his bowling !!! and that you will See when pak will tour S.A :-)

Good Luck Pakistani Tigers !!! Go Get em !!!

Posted by SherjilIslam on (December 28, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

@Rags:Pakistan lost to India in World Cup 2003, that too was Friday.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

best of luck pakistan inshallah we will win this match and odi series ............!!

Posted by nagios on (December 28, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Best of luck green shirts.... let us do it again on Ahmedabad

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Good luck greens.. and expecting quality cricket from both sides and another thriller as usual. Good luck to the new fire guns, Irfan and Kumar!! Umar Akmal is class player he can fire at anytime and some times misfires as well :p

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

In T20 matches,In General ,Any Bowler can be taken for cleaners,nothing like advantage or disadvantage,which ever team plays collectively and sensible will win match.lets see how B.Kumar performs on a New Track -:)

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

@Mir Wajahat Ali Khan Man! It was sunday on June 20, 1999, the day when final was played.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

Today actually is not only PAK vs IND, thier is also another ERA which is IRFAN vs KUMAR.. who is the best of both team will see later in evening... But best of luck both team... JO jeetega wohi Sikander...

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

On a turner ashwin, yuvraj, ajmal, hafeez and afridi will be able to make some impact. bhuvneshwar is nothing special, Pak batsmen showed some poor technique to handle the moving ball the other night and they will have to get rid-off their demons and come good against indian pace battery. i can already sence an indian batsman going for a kill today. :) fingers crossed.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

whatever happens, one thing i am sure, that we will enjoy the match . this series is very short, it should be like 3 t20 , 5 odi and 3 test, so we could have more fun to watch. !Best of Luck Both Teams.

Posted by rimx12 on (December 28, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Another cracker of a match coming up. Best of luck to both teams, lets see what the ahmedabad pitch has on offer.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

@Rags57, Pakistan lost 1999 worldcup final on Friday. :D

Posted by jimbond on (December 28, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Bhubaneswar Kumar is just another bowler who can make use of helpful conditions and swing the ball, and he bowls in the right places- nothing great about him. He has been around for a while at the first class level and it is only combined with his lower order batting that he has been able to claim a place in this depleted side. He succeeded because Pakistani batsmen (just like Indian batsmen) are clueless against the moving ball. Mohd Irfan too, despite the praise being showered on him, was nothing great. On a helpful surface, he did nothing great. On the other hand, I would expect the duo of Gul and Ajmal to deliver everytime and they are the key to Pakistani bowling. Ahmedabad will be a dead pitch and I would expect all the other bowlers on both sides to be taken for plenty. Though from the Indian side, I wouldnt bank on Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj and Sharma failing together again- and if one of them succeed, there will be a contest.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (December 28, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

good luck man irfan will be the man.we need another cracker.

Posted by Rags57 on (December 28, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Today is Friday and I have rarely seen Pakistan lose on a Friday so India will have to play out of their skins to win today. Indian gods will also have to smile on the Indian team!!

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