Pakistan v West Indies, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur

Teams battle for last semi-final spot

The Preview by Umar Farooq

March 31, 2014

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Crowe: 50-50 between Pakistan and West Indies

Match facts

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Start time 1930 local (13:30 GMT)


Shoaib Malik struck a 56-run stand with Nasir Jamshed to guide Pakistan to win, India v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Chennai, December 30, 2012
Shoaib Malik is yet to fire and he hasn't been utilised with the ball © BCCI
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It is a knockout scenario for both teams, with the winner going through to the semi-finals. They have the same number of wins (two) and points (four) but the defending champions West Indies enjoy a higher net run-rate, +1.223, against Pakistan's +0.893. In the event of a washout West Indies will go through on their higher net run-rate, but the forecast is for clear weather.

Pakistan batted first in their last three games but they are yet to be tested chasing a target. West Indies, on the contrary, have defended and chased targets in the group stage. Hence, the toss could be a decisive factor for Pakistan.

Both teams have quality spinners and are capable of posting big scores. Both lost their opening matches to India but bounced back strongly to register successive victories against Australia and Bangladesh. The contest on April 1 will be their first ever meeting in a World T20. They have played just three T20s in two bilateral series since 2011, with Pakistan winning their last two encounters in 2013.

Form guide

(completed matches, most recent first)

Pakistan WWLLW
West Indies WWLLW

In the spotlight

Though he has scores of 34, 48 and 53, Chris Gayle hasn't exploded in the manner he is known for. He was unusually cautious against Bangladesh, scoring a run-a-ball 48. However, bowlers like Saeed Ajmal cannot be complacent against him and will have to guard against a backlash from Gayle.

With every passing game, Shoaib Malik's role in the side comes under the scanner. He has scores of 18, 6* and 26, and hasn't bowled in any of the three games. He is playing his fourth World T20 and all have been quiet, with bat and ball.

Pitch and conditions

With sunshine predicted through the day, the Mirpur pitch is expected to remain dry but it gets sluggish in the evening. The dew hasn't been a factor in the last three matches but Pakistan have been training with the wet ball recently to get used to it.

Team news

West Indies might retain their winning line-up from the Australia match.

West Indies (likely): 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Lendl Simmons, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Dwayne Bravo, 6 Darren Sammy (capt), 7 Andre Russell, 8 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 9 Sunil Narine, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Krishmar Santokie.

Pakistan too have no reason to change their winning combination. In the previous match, Pakistan brought in the experienced bowler Sohail Tanvir.

Pakistan (likely): 1 Kamran Akmal (wk), 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Shahid Afridi, 7 Sohaib Maqsood, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Umar Gul, 10 Saeed Ajmal, 11 Zulfiqar Babar

Stat and trivia

  • In three matches against West Indies, Mohammad Hafeez has figures of 3 for 36 from 9 overs, with an average of 12 and an economy rate of 4. He has dismissed Gayle twice in these matches, for 5 and 1
  • Umar Akmal has two 40-plus scores in three T20I innings against West Indies, including a Man-of-the-Match effort of 46 not out the last time the two teams played each other, in Kingstown in 2013
  • In the tournament so far, West Indies' spinners have taken 13 wickets at an average of 14.38 and an economy rate of 6.09, compared to Pakistan spinners' 10 wickets at 24.40 and an economy-rate of 6.59

Quotes

"It is very difficult to predict how the teams will play but I know it will be a nail-biting game. Come that game, we will be aware of what exactly we need to do. We need to play well to get out of this group of death and look forward to playing in the semi-final."
West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo

"The team that plays spinners well will win the match. We know that it is a match where we can't make a mistake."
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent. He tweets here

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Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

Boring game by pak..

Posted by zarasochozarasamjho on (April 1, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

Pakistan's virtually only hope of winning is BATTING FIRST, as the batting is extremely brittle. Note however, that the WI spinners have performed much better, in terms of economy rate and bowling average in this tornament than even Pakistan. On paper at least, they are a superior team; and are title defenders. Even then Pakistan will win INSHALLAH.

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

This will be a nail-biting match but the team with the psychological edge will take home the prize

Posted by ICKY on (April 1, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

The team selection for WI game is not what is Pak's strength. Shoaib Malik and Sohail Tanwir are spent forces and they are over the hill. Hafeez is a selfish and stubborn captain still playing with those two out of date out of form and out of this world players. I hope this mistake does not hurt Pak due to stubborn captain. I hope Pak wins with its multiple solo match winners. God bless Pakistan.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 13:16 GMT)

@Ahad Rao- Try to watch cricket not golf.. India has beaten Australia, England, SA and many other teams when they were on their peak.. India make them look like they aren't best.. India has been unbeaten in this group or say in this tournament, So going by ur analysis no other team is playing on their best.. You're not a cricket lover.. You're a gilli-dunda expert..Well, Gilli-dunda is an indian game..

Posted by Jugg3rNAuts on (April 1, 2014, 13:11 GMT)

@Eranga Gunawardana Love from pakistan , we are always with our srilankan brothers i am equal fan of sri lanka as of pakistan

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 13:07 GMT)

Toss will be very crucial.if Pakistan win the toss Hafeese should start as an opening bowler and utilize Malik for the middle overs,fielding should come up to the mark. where as W.I score more than 7 runs per over it will be very difficult to chase.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Paki will won In Sha ALLAH thn beat SL or SA in semi & vil play with India in Final. For final i keep my finger cross due to various reasons.

Posted by mohammed-ismail on (April 1, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

WI chose t bat first, it's going to be a easy win for Pak, dew is going to hurt WI. Pak vs SL in semis, Pak in finals. GO PAK GO

Posted by neazahmed on (April 1, 2014, 13:05 GMT)

what if its tied .... ..... ?

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 13:04 GMT)

WI will lose if bat fitst.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

as far as ma observations... wi is in good form and also have the strong psychological edge after australian match but just see the great comeback of Pakistan after the loosing of first match and yet pakistan have another edge, as they qualify for the group of four in all the ICC world T20 world cups.... so for me pakistan is the favoite at the moment

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

@Blue_kings- MS Dhoni already has all the major ICC trophies in his cabinet.. Dhoni won us the inaugural wt20 in 2007..remember? Then he won us the WC 2011 and then CT 2013.. He has already achieved what no other captain in the history of the game has.. He made us no.1 in tests, ODIs and now t20s.. India's gonna win this wt20 too.. #BleedbluetillIdie

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 12:53 GMT)

I think Pakistan win this match not 100% but 65%

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

@rajesh.kumhar@ well india is the only team who kan win when the other team is not on their best so stop criticising on any other team ...lions of your own yard..

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 12:52 GMT)

This should be a cracker of a game no matter who wins excited to see how WI bat against pak bowling wishesh to both the teams from india

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Do you know why SL fans love Pakistan this much? It is very clear. Because Pakistan stood behind Sri Lanka every single instance where SL was in trouble. All the very best Pakistani brothers. LOVE from SRI LANKA. We must keep this cup in Asia.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Both teams have the quality and T20 class players, We love cricket and this will be a nail biting match for all the cricket lovers. Can't wait anymore .... !

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

A cake walk? No. The team which displays vigor, determination and winning spirit will get through. Fair chances for the both teams.

Posted by NasFan on (April 1, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

Good luck WI. Pakistan is good enough to be a club team. Boom Boom is more like Bum Bum these days. Barring couple good players, they are essentially a club team. Having them in semi finals of world cup is a shame.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 12:47 GMT)

sl will win

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Lala vs Gayle All the best for both the teams

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 12:45 GMT)

pakistan is going to create while defeating indies,lanka n then india boom boom will b the achiever

Posted by STRIKETHUNDER on (April 1, 2014, 12:42 GMT)

Pakistanis can only play in the shortest format of the game as it gives their fragile batting line up a better chance and their bowlers have to bowl less overs.

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (April 1, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

Wish u all the best Pak..All Ban and SL fans will be supporting u tonight..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 12:40 GMT)

Pak should wear the light green jersey of WC 1992. SA, Aus, BD all wear similar colors. Aus should switch to their Yellow or Grey.

The match depends on Gayle or one top order batsman to fire for WI. Else Pak will win easily.

Posted by blue_kings on (April 1, 2014, 12:38 GMT)

It will be interesting to see Gayle's attitude today... He has been a calm batsman till now scoring handy runs but I suspect the last celebration against Australia has made them (WI) a bit aggressive...

I hope they don't get carried away. I am sure when a team like WI is on a roll, they are real giants specially in this format...

Whatever we discuss here, one thing is for sure, we are going to have a ball of a time with both teams playing there hearts out... I am interested to see who faces SL and then the 2 semis will be fun to watch.

As an Indian fan, I wish Indian team all the luck for there form and hope it continues the way it is, to make MS the first captain to have all three major tournaments under his name - ICC T20I, ICC Champion's Trophy and ICC World Cup...

Posted by missionbegins2011 on (April 1, 2014, 12:35 GMT)

WI looks stronger and much in form. PAK will have to bat really well to win this one. I think WI will make it to the finals to face IND or SA. PAK batting looks frail, Narine & co should give them a hard time.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 12:32 GMT)

pak vs Wi no doubt it's tough game but pakistan have played well so far so for me pakistan is favorite

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

rajesh.u got wrong pak not week team.only problem they are unpredictable.who will win pla with our lions.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

@Rajesh kumar why u making indias hard work as somple work.as per ur comment pakistan,BD and aussies are weaker team then india is in semi by fefeating weaker teams.guys like u will make others to think that india always win against weaker teams.grow up man if u dont know anything abouy cricket dont cpmment for the sake of cpmmenting

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

@haqster499 good analysis. Don't ever analyze in future though.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Pakistan better chance to capture with spin but never ignore WI or some special skills and we se all in aus match thy do ALL things in cricket and wi boys makes fun evry time let see what happens the

Posted by dineshjethi on (April 1, 2014, 12:13 GMT)

Historically and honestly speaking Pakistan can beat West Indies. Pakistan is such a natural talented side that nobody in world cricket match them. Under hostile scenario back in Pakistan, one should respect the Pakistan team who bravely fights with the opposing teams in the worrisome conditions back home.

Posted by Deesh_Banneheka on (April 1, 2014, 12:12 GMT)

Best Wishes from SriLankan fan to Pakistanis!

Posted by haqster499 on (April 1, 2014, 12:02 GMT)

W Indies have to be the favorites. Pakistan will suffer against Badree and Narine and Pak's batting order is fragile with Hafeez and Akmal not scoring enough at the top.

Santokie is a tricky bowler and as there is no left hand batsman in the pK team (except for Tanvir) and he will keep the PK scoring down. The more you face a bowler the better you can hit him and that adage holds true for PK bowlers as the Windies batsmen have faced them. The wicket is drier, so it is more about rotating the strike and then having 6/7 wickets left in the last 5 - and have a go at it.....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 11:59 GMT)

Pakistan will win this! Saeed Ajmal is the best spinner on the planet at the moment. I'm not sure when last the WI batters played Pakistan or when last they faced a bowler of Ajmal's class. We all know that batting is Pakistan's achilles heel but if they put on 150 plus or have to chase 150-160 they will win. Pakistan also have an uncanny knack of making all the playoffs in world championships. As a South African I have seen a lot of Pakistan in the last year and they are a very good T20 team.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 11:56 GMT)

Real Cricket lovers do not point out mistakes of a particular team. If you love cricket you love all the teams, coz i believe that each team has its own positives and few negatives. Even though i am from India, offcourse support Indian cricket team but on the other end I respect the quality of cricket other cricketing nations play. They are contributing to the great game. I love watching cricket of any country. Pakistan and West Indies are the only two teams that add X Factor to the game of cricket, they can turn the wheel anytime they want. No one have the right to call these teams inconsistent or impotent coz they have provided great cricket and cricketers for so many years. True lovers of cricket respect all the teams. Irrespective of the result this match will gonna be the best amongst all the matches we have seen in this tournament so far. Best of luck for Pakistan and West Indies. :)

Posted by mohammed-ismail on (April 1, 2014, 11:45 GMT)

Walk in the park match for Pakistan, they will beat WI easily and thrash the FLUKE Srilankan team in semis. Inshaallah, LALA will fire today & in semis. WI & SL get ready for Boom Boom show.

Posted by SLHITS on (April 1, 2014, 11:24 GMT)

All The best for Pakistan from SL Fans!!!

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

Hope PAk will win,fielding n bowling needs improvements

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (April 1, 2014, 11:17 GMT)

Pakistan will win only if God wants them to. Otherwise, I don't see that such a weak team can win anything except against weaker teams like Bangla and Australia.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 11:07 GMT)

yeah it's must win match for Pakistani like we (sri Lanka) do last night. so congratulations to you to win this game. And thanks for your country to vote for sri Lanka on the case of usa. best of luck pk. wishes from Sri Lankan fans

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (April 1, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

This cup is going to be within South Asian region..Cannot predict anything right now..SL,Ind,Pak all 3 are in strong position.

Posted by q4Qasim on (April 1, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

I am requesting all Pakistani cricket team fans that please pray for today match winning. This Pakistani team is strong enough in all department but we have seen in past that some time a bad day can bring them down which no body can expected. So for this reason pray for the Pakistani team is required. During Match time we must not forget to go for pray at Mosque because only Allah can provide us victory. I am also requesting to Pakistani players if they reading my comments that please before going to play they must pray 2 rakat nafl and go with dua. I have seen many good matches and in cricket anything is possible so don't say we are good we have quality players only Allah knows what will happen at the end of day so please please pray and pray and don't forget your 5 times daily prayers with dua. Good luck , Good wishes for Pakistani teams and Pakistani supporters all over the world. Thank you.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

Once the west indies get a good start with the bat we should win this game hands down

Posted by Pak_Fan86 on (April 1, 2014, 10:50 GMT)

Honestly speaking, i will be glad if Pakistan beat WI today. It's not that Pak is a weak team but they lack in consistency, you never know how they r gonna play today. Let's hope they play well today. But still i am little confuse about one fact. That is, who is going to beat India in this tournament. India by far, look most promising and balanced team of this tournament. I don't think any other team has such potential to beat India in this tournament. Well, let's hope my prediction goes wrong otherwise i can see MS dhoni holding cup already!

Posted by westindiesupporter on (April 1, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

I want West indies to win both t20 and 50-50 world cup. Rally round the west Indies.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

The battle of two most inconsistent team of world cricket. The team which show quality batting against spin will come out as winner. Hope to have a nail bitter.

Posted by M.Usman-Sharif on (April 1, 2014, 10:37 GMT)

Did shoaib malik have quiet ist t20 WC? are you sure? He made 2 match winning half centuries vs AUS and vs SL and was one of best batsmen of tournament

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (April 1, 2014, 10:34 GMT)

PAK spinners will do big role today..i dont think Gayle will be success in front of them..Ground support also will be with PAK..waiting for hard, fantastic game..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

I have no doubt that Pakistan is going to win this world cup,if someone dont thins so, just wait for the moment.....Presence of malik is also hurting me.....just give a chance to sherjeel khan :-)

Posted by Snambidi on (April 1, 2014, 10:26 GMT)

There can not be a different opinion about the hitting power of Chris gayle inf one has watched the earlier IPLs in the Indian Soil.Especially so if one hadwatched the match in the last IPL at Bangalore when he scored 175 runs with showers of 6s& 4s It was indeed a feast for cricket loving people. Despite this knock ,Bangalore Team could not appear in the Final. But the role of Gayle & his Gannam Dance are world Famous. I know a few persons in America who watch Chris Gayle solely for the sake of Gannam Dance. He was the first persons to stge Gannam Dance in Cricket Grounds. Let us forget Gannam Dance & come back to the prospects of today's encounter between between West Indies& Pakistan. To be frank , I am expecting a lively Gannam Dance today from Chris Gayle.this is so because I feel West Indies has an edge over Pakistan. Pakistan does not look like an outfit which could surely perform in the absence of Misbah -ul- Haq.Had Haq played in the match,perhaps,I would have opted Pak.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

Gayle vs Afridi Samuels vs Hafeez Narine vs Ajmal Smith vs Shezad WI looks way stronger than pakistan

Posted by Jaysh on (April 1, 2014, 10:20 GMT)

Go Gayle ! Show em what you can do !! India is looking forward to meeting you guys in the semis.

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

drop Russell,and play Charles,moved samuels down the order, need and exta batsmen,in the side,go wi

Posted by ReezColombo on (April 1, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

Sri Lanka the uncrowned champions will be crowned on the 6th of April Insha Allah.

Posted by sanjeevmukherjee2006 on (April 1, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

Good luck pakistan...I dont think WI will be able to face pakistans strong bowling line up..

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

If Pakistan will attack with strong combination of spin and fast results will in be pak favor same time at least 2 batsman should click today

Posted by Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas on (April 1, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

'Holding nerves' will be the key factor impacting the outcome of today's crunch game. Secondly "dew factor", (hence "the toss" - bat second) will be a massive advantage. Both the teams are evenly matched and expect another "cliff hanger". So as to beef up batting, Pakistan should open with Sharjeel (replacing Malik) & Shehzad and drop Kamran Akmal to middle order. Pakistani bowling is not at their usual best, S. Tanveer should be replaced with Talha. Pakistan must give utmost respect to Narine. Good luck Pakistan, play hard, give it your best shot. Power to you !

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

Both teams are in good form if the batting first team score 170 surely he will win.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 10:07 GMT)

Go for it pak! Ur love <3 :*, i'm just hoping for a chamge junaid coming on in place of sohail.

Posted by sid4391 on (April 1, 2014, 10:00 GMT)

I would first like to say PAKISTAN'S previous two wins were against AUS & BANGLADESH .As it is evident aussies are strugling in spin friendly conditions & bangladesh is low on confidence thus they appeared to be the two teams out of form, the previous two wins were mostly based on the batting of two players Ahmed & Umar. just take out these two innings PAKISTAN seem to be club level team. Big tournaments are always won by teams not by one or two players. On todays match a virtual quarterfinal between PAK vs WI ,may the best team win but i feel WI must win this match, as after the debacle against IND they performed better as a team in their last two games.It will also be GOOD for their cricket as WI happens to be lagging behind in this game ,they will be able to encourage their masses towards cricket.

Posted by W.A.Cheema on (April 1, 2014, 9:54 GMT)

It's a high voltage game for both the teams, team who held his nerves will go through, Pakistan track record vs WI in T20s giving me belief that Pakistan is the team who will qualify for the SEMI's !! still have to wait & watch the quarter final

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Seeing India Pakistan final and Pakistan will be champions

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:48 GMT)

@Posted by vallavarayar. Looks like a SL vs WI final. SO Winner of India - RSA match is going to disappear or what?

Posted by Bobby740 on (April 1, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

OMG.. What a contest.. The hardest hitter of the cricket ball are up against the world class bowling.. I am sure it is very even contest but PAK will get the advantage only if they drop Malik.. Seriously Dont know what selectors think.. I always wonder what is Malik doing in PAK squad when they have got more talent which suits T20 format..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:43 GMT)

Both teams are unpredictable. If Pakistani batting fires back then there are more chances of Pakistan. The problem with PCB(PUNJABI CRICKET BOARD) is that they will always give the chance to under performers like Kamran Akmal and Shoaib Malik over and over. Those spots could be used for better performers. According to Barry Wilkinson (Espn's Correspondence), Pakistan suddenly, starts doing well after losing Kamran Akmal. Quite funny, but its true. It all depends on Afridi and Ahmed Shehzad's batting. I am not seeing any effective bowler in WestIndies's team besides Narine so its a plus point for us unless someone from WestIndies pulls stunner.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

pakistan team is the best both bowling & bating

Posted by mohsinj on (April 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

Pak should really attack with spin/fast combination, quick wickets and WI would be in trouble.

Posted by CricketFever11 on (April 1, 2014, 9:30 GMT)

All the best Pakistan. From Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:28 GMT)

Pakistan are favourited to win the match against W I UNLESS AND UNTILL THEIR INCONSIISTENT BATTING LINE UP MAKE GIANT HARAKIRI

Posted by keptalittlelow on (April 1, 2014, 9:26 GMT)

Both teams have spinners, Narain has bowled extremely well in all the matches, Ajmal has yet to bowl his best. Again nerves will dictate the performance.

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (April 1, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

Sharjeel in place of Malik

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 9:17 GMT)

This game has the same heat as Pakistan Vs India was but WIs are more in terms of experience and fame but Pakistan is again un predicted. It is going to be a wonderful game.

Posted by calidfern on (April 1, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

What ever you say SL will win for sure..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:13 GMT)

west indies will win the match today as the team members are highly confident.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

Both team are in form west indies got hard hitters and pakistan good bowling may the best team win

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

Don't worry Indian fans Pakistan have beaten you in your own backyard everytime we visited so keep quite and watch today's match by the way what Indian fans doing here? it's Pak vs WI so get out of this forum and don't post your useless, defeated mindset comments here and I know there are much more sensible Indians fans out there and they are more than welcome to this forum anytime!

Posted by J003 on (April 1, 2014, 9:11 GMT)

I am excited to see this match. Both are strong team, but Pakistan need to win this match, here we can see the 2007 worldt20 cup final again.... :)

Posted by adam787 on (April 1, 2014, 9:06 GMT)

I think Pakistan will edge it.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

All the best for both Teams

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

If pk batted first then this will be game on for pk..but target should be above 160....Windies struggle against spinners so pk have little edge on it......I am watching pk vs India final......India should be tested in daylight bcoz it will be there first game....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:04 GMT)

Get Sharjeel in place of Malik.....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 9:01 GMT)

Pakistan V West Indies is fighting for a Semi-Final spot. This is the most important game for Pakistan. West Indies have now improved to a very good team. Pakistan will have to play at their best both in batting and bowling. Their fielding has sometimes let them down so have to be on full alert.

Posted by Usman_Malik on (April 1, 2014, 9:00 GMT)

lets see how kamran deals wih W'indies spiners while opening the innings because his record against spiners is not very good, hafeez have to play vital role with his bat if pak want to set target of 170 or 170+

Posted by a0m0a7n on (April 1, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Come on West Indies!!!!! Destroy pakistan

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 8:59 GMT)

Pak hv the edge bcos of spinners but my heart goes to WI

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

we cannot change the history and history is pakistan will qualify for the semi final and beat westindies.......

good luck remaining all the teams... pakistan is coming

Posted by AravindVatsal82 on (April 1, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

No doubt its turning results, yes the spinners r very much in control of the t20 wc now its looks lke t20WC-ASIA best players of spin & disciplined spin attack will win the wc,@ the moment Pak starts fav for semi final birth unless they play horridly to loose this against the WI not so many players who play proper cicketing shots atleast against the spin.seeing forward IND VS PAK Final & hope results of 2007..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

"Another day to die hard" for WI and Pakistan. If Pakistan plays with their full dedication and efforts, I'm sure Pakistan can nail this !!! Also, Its a blessing to have such lovely friends from Sri Lanka who support Pakistan, thank you everyone!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

@Ravinducool82: Open your eyes Ravindu, its Blue all over Bangladesh at the moment.... I can understand your concern though, after all its going to be India taking on Sri Lanka in the finals!! So if Sri Lanka takes India lightly, they will be in big big trouble...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

best of luck Pakistan cricket team.........

Posted by rpaddu on (April 1, 2014, 8:48 GMT)

Looks like WI will win....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:47 GMT)

best wishes for green shirts

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 8:45 GMT)

@Nasir Humdani, History witnesses what??? Seven successive defeats to india in crunch matches in world cups? uou're a funny man my friend!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

Both are unpredictable...

Posted by xain143 on (April 1, 2014, 8:42 GMT)

This Battle for Last Semi-Final Spot is Making Me Hell Nervous, Go Green You Can Win This & Make Us Proud Again

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:41 GMT)

pakistan will lose to WI, pakistani's keep dreaming

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:35 GMT)

The role of Shahid Afridi will be most important in this game with the ball and bat...let hope for a good match

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

I will pray for pak team.all the best all players

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

The two equally matched unpredictable teams with strong bowling line up and volatile batting. Identical progress during the tournament except run rate. Would be very good contest. Team will win who handle the spin & pressure very well...

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

bring in sharjeel n get rid of malik plz sharjeel opening wid shaz n akmal bros in middle order if u want to qualify otherwise pack up n get ready for shoes welcome at the airport

Posted by mansoor777 on (April 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

if shoiab malik play today Pak will loose. he wont fit in any side

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

@Ravinducool82: open your eyes Ravindu, its blue all over Bangladesh.... India has never been so prolific with bowling being their weakness at the start of the tournament. Nonetheless Srilanka has also been doing good this series, I can however understand your concerns because Srilanka will be in big trouble in the finals if they still think the India has not shown much colours in the series...

Posted by SIDSIDSHADY on (April 1, 2014, 8:28 GMT)

One of the factors which will decide the winner of the match is TOSS. If Pakistan bat first then they have a very good chance whereas if WestIndies bat first and put a decent total of 160 plus then it will be big big test for pakistan unpredictable batting line up.

Posted by ahmadchouhdary on (April 1, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

Pakistan should + must win this game. West Indian team is not much tough. This match is actually b/w 'spin' vs 'spin'. The better you bat, the more you win!!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:16 GMT)

It is gonna end up in PAK winning the game comprehensively...cricket History witnesses that Pakistan Team always succeeds in tuf situations... No doubt WI are big hitters however they are not capable of thrashing such a fantastic bowling attack...I want Sharjeel Khan to be included in playing 11.He can take the game from opposition in no time...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:15 GMT)

All the best for Pakistan. Fan from Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:14 GMT)

No matter what if Gayle's willow speaks up , we may not have to speak about tactic or other players.

Posted by delboy on (April 1, 2014, 8:13 GMT)

@Faddy you speak a little sense when you say" if Gayle go game over" that's true because it guarantees Sammy, Russell, Samuels, Simmons, Smith and even Ramdin will have to step up. That's the beauty if having Gayle up front especially if setting a score.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

I hope Pakistan can make into semis good luck Pakistan from India

Posted by shahzadakhn on (April 1, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

I am sure it will be even battle as both teams are known for powerful hitting and both teams are unpredictable.

Posted by Ravinducool82 on (April 1, 2014, 8:06 GMT)

Pak has more chances in this game..next Pak vs SL game will be tight one..other side SA will come..India did not show much colours in this tournament..Today we support for Pak..Cmon guys(SL fan)

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (April 1, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

I'm a Sri-Lankan fan, All the best Pakistan, hope you win this match. I want the cup to be in Asia. Doesn't matter if it's India, Pakistan or Sri-Lanka

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

No doubt, it is going to be a nail-biting contest. Both teams are in form and ready to roll. I don't know why the author has took Malik in spot light, its Umar Akmal who's gonna be under spotlight. We all know, how deadline the WI's batting lineup is. But yet, Pakistan has a sound bowling attack too. I guess, Toss will be very crucial for either side. Lets hope for a good match. And may the best side win. Being a Pakistani, I hope the men in green win. :)

Posted by Paiudupi on (April 1, 2014, 8:01 GMT)

to: DylandBrah,

While wishing Pakistan good luck, my concern is FIRST let us see whether Pakistan will reach the Semi Final or not and then only, you can talk of winning the WC, that too I am sure even if Pakistan luckily get entry into Semi Final, I am 100% sure, they will lose to Sri Lanka comprehensively, without doubt, because Sri Lank is much stronger than Pakistan and Pakistan's strength is only Bowling and Batting always fails most of the times. Be prepared for loss of spot in semi final first and if succeeds, then take it easy and relaxed, when Pakistan loses to Sri Lanka in the Semi Final, and thereby not reaching the final.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:59 GMT)

Get SHARJEEL instead of MALIK. and Plz drop Tanveer, Either get Junaid or Talha. ... Sharjeel and Shahzad shud open, Kamran can come in at # 3. .. Hafeez can come at #7.. He z out of form... ... In sha ALLAH Pak will win.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:55 GMT)

With the edge in Spin department Pakistan may go through.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 7:54 GMT)

All the best to wi you have lot of power in your batting. Ithing it is the yime for samuels to hit

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:51 GMT)

Pakistan V West Indies is fighting for a Semi-Final spot. This is the most important game for Pakistan. West Indies have now improved to a very good team. Pakistan will have to play at their best both in batting and bowling. Their fielding has sometimes let them down so have to be on full alert.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:50 GMT)

Pakistan Will win easily

Posted by ms2000 on (April 1, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

Pakistan, you can. You just need to concentrate on this one. Just this one. You can come on top. No mater you win the toss or not. Sri Lanka have shown how to win after loosing the toss. GO PAKS go.... From Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

its long time for pakistan hard to beat WI then Sri Lanka then finalist

Posted by tashan329 on (April 1, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

West Indies will score 200+ if bats first. WI win for sure

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:46 GMT)

We have known for years that if Pak can bat well and Ind can bowl well, they will be the teams to watch. As it is happening currently, I don't think Pak should lose.

Posted by SR_SAJJAD on (April 1, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Expecting a great game Pak has the upper hand with better spinners and better spin-specialist batsmen

Badree is greater than Narine as Pak have struggled against leg spin

Yes Windies has all power with bat but their batting is condition prone

If Dew does not matter a great then slow pitch is going to suit pak more

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 7:38 GMT)

Pakistan has the ability to beat the West Indies and reach the Semi Final for the consecutive 5th time. Go Green and make us proud.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 7:35 GMT)

@Ali Ahmed..how will you change history in one day....do you think your current teams players like umar gul, akmal brothers, hafeez, malik, shehzad etc all superior than akram, akhtar, waqar, saqlain, Mushtaq, anwar, Imran khan and many more....they all tried to defeat India in many world cup matches since from 1992 to 2003...but did not succeed in that...and this Pak team already bowed out in this T20 WC...how will you say that this time in finals Pak will defeat India....its highly impossible, India has psychological edge over Pak in WC, it is making Pak to play always under pressure, whereas India plays without any pressure and easily wins, remember 9-0 defeats till now

Posted by cricketclassics1 on (April 1, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

Team who handle pressure will win, Obviously lots of pressure on Shahzad and Umar but you never know in this format a single performance can turn it around....

Posted by cricketclassics1 on (April 1, 2014, 7:28 GMT)

In the last three matches teams chasing have lost the game, toss will be crucial...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:26 GMT)

Sharjeel should be in for Shoaib Malik and Junaid khan should be playing in place of Sohail tanvir, as Junaid is better for final overs.

Posted by Pindia on (April 1, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Time for Pak talent to step up. Shehzad and Umar Akmal form is good sign. Kamran may have a few big innings left. Spin attack should be too much for most sides on their day and Gul starting to look menacing again. Ind vs Pak final inshallah but good luck to SL too, great performance yesterday. If Pak top-middle order fires should be simple. Sammy is a good player but he is getting all of the accolades because Gayle, Samuels et al haven't stepped up. Pak should bowl a lot of spin and maybe give Malik a couple of overs. Ps good post from Rifard... Pps this stage of tournament onwards is Afridi time!!!

Posted by Jafar on (April 1, 2014, 7:18 GMT)

The way thinks are turning out It could be the repeat of 2012 WI Sri Lanka final and result might be reversed. A surprise galore tournament we are witnessing now

Posted by DylanBrah on (April 1, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

Good luck Pakistan from Australia. Hope to see you win the WC.

Posted by sumit1982 on (April 1, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

I like too see west indies to reach semifinal .

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 7:10 GMT)

Pakistan is the stronger side, apart from hafeez all batsmen are contributing. WI have good bowlers but not as good as Pak, on current form i feel Pak has a bit of an edge.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

The history will change this time as PK will beat IND in the Finals

Posted by Utmanian on (April 1, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

Pakistan should replace S.malik & S.Tanvir with Sharjeel khan & Junaid Khan For safe position in semi final.......

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:04 GMT)

Pakistan will win this GAME inshaALLAH

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

Well Let's watch the match and see the results ;), All i am waiting is to see Ajmal Vs Gayle, whoever wins in that, that team's surely gonna go through Semi's as we all know that if Gayle goes the match is done, and if Ajmal's magic works, its Pakistan all over.. So ya its surely gonna be a tough call for sure.

Go Pakistan !!!

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

india batting is weak. opening is poor. dhoni is out of form. sri Lanka should easily win final

Posted by ta901 on (April 1, 2014, 6:59 GMT)

this will be low scoring match however wins today Pakistan will be the champion.

Posted by Rifard_SL on (April 1, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Today Pakistan will lose for sure..

V have only Akmal and afridi in batting..

And ajmal who is inconsistent bowling..along with once in bluemoon baller afridi nd hafeez..

But west indies have the strong gayle to give a big innings.. Along with superb spinners..

Samuels..badree nd narine..

It's a tough nd slim chance for Pakistan..

Its gonna be west indies vs sri lanka semi..obviously lanka qualifies for the finals..

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Hey just kidding man..its April Fool..

Haha. Did ur heart beat more..

Pakistan gonna crush gayle nd rest..

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Always want all the Asian teams to do well, but a repeat of the 2007 Final with a different result would be a dream come true!

Posted by zaam_mohamed on (April 1, 2014, 6:46 GMT)

SA will win Semi easily and Meet SL in Final

Posted by Iceman29 on (April 1, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

Ahhh..two of my favorite teams are playing each other...will be a mouthwatering contest between WI batsmen and Pak bowlers...Best of luck to my Pak brothers and Windies...may the best team win...with love from Ind....

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

I think it will be a good game but Pakistan should win as the conditions in Bangladesh help Pakistan more and the Pakistan bowling have loads of options of spin as of west indies have limited. West Indies are a good side but not ready for the next level this year do Pakistan for me all the way!

Posted by baji003 on (April 1, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

This is joke isn't it., Neither of teams are even eligible to beat india., Only team that can beat india is SL., They will not make final this year as pak will bow them on semi final. South africa are winning just cause of their luck and dependacy on 2 men(De villiars & steyn).This year cup goes to Indians., Hip Hop Hurrey !!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

My heart and mind clearly says its WI....if Gayle and co. counter attack Pak spin bowling, then they have better chance to face India in finals...on the other hand Pak will take inspiration from both India and SL to join them in semi final...if they get success in this, then all set to India-Pak final just like 2007 T20 WC final...overall it is 60:40 chance for WI...good luck for both teams...hope it will be a nail biting finish unlike yesterdays game....

Posted by waqasoo on (April 1, 2014, 6:32 GMT)

@spinkingKK I am so sad to tell you that your predictions are gonna wrong completely

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:30 GMT)

I think sharjeel should be in for maqsood, and kamran akmal should be batting down the order

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

Pakistan have an edge...

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:22 GMT)

I think sharjeel should be in for maqsood, and kamran akmal should be batting down the order.....

Posted by vkumar_086 on (April 1, 2014, 6:16 GMT)

My heart and mind clearly says its WI....if Gayle and co. counter attack Pak spin bowling, then they have better chance to face India in finals...on the other hand Pak will take inspiration from both India and SL to join them in semi final...if they get success in this, then all set to India-Pak final just like 2007 T20 WC final...overall it is 60:40 chance for WI...good luck for both teams...hope it will be a nail biting finish unlike yesterdays game....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:14 GMT)

I wish pakistan wins this game. So that at least one team from subcontinent will play the final will be guaranteed. 50 over world cup 1992(pak winner)1996(sl winner)1999(pak runners up)2003(ind runners up)2007(sl runners up)2011(ind vs sl final) 20 over world cup 2007(ind vs pak final)2009(pak vs sl )2012(sl runners up) since 1992 subcontinent teams(atleast one) have always reached the final except 2010 world t20. I hope this world cup will not be different.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

Hopefully it would be a good game.Can't say anything,both the teams are equally good.If Pakistan wins the toss they should bowl first as dew might be a factor later on also we saw it in the last game that WI got 40 or so in the last 3 overs so Pak should bowl first.I have a feeling that the team that wins this match will go to the finals.As far as this match is concerned i think Pak has slight advantage.WI also struggle to rotate the strike they prefer boundries which i think will be difficult against these spinners.As a Pak supprter i want Pak to win.Good luck both teams.May the best team win.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

I want to see India and Pakistan Playing in Final ! They'll be opener as well as closer of the great event ! :)

Posted by iamgroot on (April 1, 2014, 6:12 GMT)

this should be one hell of a game. Cant wait to see ajmal vs gayle , and suni narine vs pak batsmen. Very very important game that will decide who will play against SL in semis... All the best both teams.. may the best team win.. This t20 match will tell how fired up WI team is still.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:09 GMT)

This is by far the most anticipated match for a Pakistani fan after the indian match. The reason being westindies at their best is pretty much like Pakistan. Both the teams have a habit of destroying their opponent team or them self. Both teams are best in being unpredictable. Both have huge potential and skills. having said all that I still think Pakistan have edge over west indies because pak has got bit more class and more sensible heads in their team as compared to west indies. West inides doesn't have calm heads of hafeez and shoaib malik and they choke more as compared to pakistan.Pakistan historically have edge over west indies in key games. Pakistan also pays better than west indies in crucial games. Best of luck both teams but being a Pak i wold love to see Pakistan winning.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

South Africa to crush India in semi final.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 6:06 GMT)

what happened to the match previews at cricinfo? it seems like a news report, used to be much more interesting and rich in content!

Posted by spinkingKK on (April 1, 2014, 6:03 GMT)

I hope this match becomes a ripper like the expectations. Last time when West Indies played India, I was expecting a ripper and it turned out to be a meek surrender by the West Indies. I believe West Indies will win this match and the semi-final against SriLanka. I predicted India v/s West Indies or India v/s New Zealand final before the tournament started. Hopefully my prediction comes true for the final. The result prediction for the final was West Indies winning. However, now that India play superbly, I hope they win. But, will be happy with a West Indies win also, if it comes to that. Anyway, all the best to both the teams, especially West Indies!!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

Pakistan should be doing a lot better today considering their record of always reaching the semi-finals and this time hoping to go further as well. Pak has a strong side and hope they pull themselves together and perform at their best ! :D Good luck PAK !! :D

@shanks1967... (Y) thanks bro ! hope every1 joins hands and supports each other in all other endeavors as well ! :) .. really nice to see your comment...

@PPMMSS ... (Y) thank you for the amazing comment as well ! :) :) amazing to see wats not actually being shown on media ! :)

@ ms2000 ... (Y) :D thanksss bro ! :D

Posted by mushi333 on (April 1, 2014, 5:57 GMT)

my choice WI , cause they have narine,badree,samuels,santoke . also gayle is not he;s way . may be today he is roar . also see russel roar with bat \& bowl . good luck for \WI . GO Go go ....................... wi .

Posted by Aus2013 on (April 1, 2014, 5:49 GMT)

WI will be thrashed against the Pak spinners....Hafeez.... try to get as many as spinners in ur team in this match....Simple fact for Pak...get some runs on the board and attack with the spinners...lets see whether the old wounded lion will score in this match or not....my prediction definitely not....not only he...Entire WI team itself.... Bye Bye to WI....congrats to Pak..

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:48 GMT)

I have nothing against India but just for the sake of game of cricket in the African continent i would hope South Africa beats India in the semis to strengthen the sport in the country which is increasingly turning more towards other sports and cricket is losing it's popularity. A Pakistani fan.

Posted by CricketFirst on (April 1, 2014, 5:43 GMT)

Prefer Pakistan to win coz current WIndies team use more muscle power than cricket skills on the field.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:38 GMT)

I think sharjeel should be in for maqsood, and kamran akmal should be batting down the order....after umar akmal......any how pakistan is favourite...pakistan have four outclass spiners...Ajmal/Afridi/Babar/Hafeez and westindies have only 2 Narine/Badree....and we all know it is a game of spinners..

Posted by mysw4gizfir3 on (April 1, 2014, 5:30 GMT)

Why is everyone saying its a 50-50 chance pakistan will destroy west Indies if they don't choke Lets goo pakistan

Posted by rajuramki on (April 1, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

I have nothing against Pakistan but I would like to see West Indies qualify for the semifinal . Their entry into the last four could revive the West Indies and urge them to do better in the other forms of cricket . There is nothing like watching West Indies when they are at their best . All the best to both Pakistan and West Indies.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Best of Luck to both Teams. But I think WI will win the contest

Posted by mysw4gizfir3 on (April 1, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

pakistan should play with junaid khan instead of tanvir and maybe drop malik but thats not going to happen so i just hope he does good and afridi gotta bat atleast 3-4 overs,, one of the team will totally collapse its not going to be a close game hopefully its west indies LETZ GO PAKISTANNN

Posted by ms2000 on (April 1, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Good Luck Pakistani brothers!! do the best you can. It wont be an easy game. Plan out properly and a lot depends on Ajmal and Afridi. From Sri Lanka!

Posted by shanks1967 on (April 1, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Nice Juicy Contest on the cards. I think the Pakistanis need to step up their batting. I am confident that Pakistani bowlers will get the better of WI Batsmen who are suspect when it comes to rotating the strike and they depend too much on boundary hitting shots. But with WI having Sunil, Badree and Santoki in their line up, Pakistan should really make a calculated game plan with respect to their approach towards batting. My best wishes to Pakistan- From an Indian Fan.

Posted by G_M_Awan on (April 1, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Best of luck for pakistan.... u can & u will.......

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 5:14 GMT)

We still remember afridi's 7 vs wi.

Posted by PPMMSS on (April 1, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

PAK will have little edge over WI even its 50 -50 game. prefer PAK to be in semi with SL , worst case at least one Asian team will be in finals then. best of luck PAK , SL fan

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:11 GMT)

in spin i think Pak is still ahead granted top 2 T20 bowlers are WI but Pak has their 3 spinners are in top 10 plus Gul who would also have in top 10 if he would have been playing last year. so WI don't have anyone to pick and shoot at but Pak can chose anyone other than their 2 bowlers easily. Plus WI batsmen are not used to spin attack while Pak batsmen are. In my opinion Pak has edge on paper but both are dangerous on their days.

Posted by vipinchirackal on (April 1, 2014, 5:10 GMT)

pakistan will win the match and will humiliate sreelanka in the semi final.sreelanka is not a match for pakistan.pakistan badly need india to play again

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

Pak will win comprehensively.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

Today its crucial game for both team I think if Pak bowler stop Gayle and Sammy defenetly Pak will win easily but Pak batsman should perform today. Best of Luck inshallah Pak win will today.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

thriller is on, and one thing is for sure that sl/pak/wi one of them will face ind in final becoz i dont see SA having enough spark to beat india.

Posted by Umair.Khalid_UK on (April 1, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

This is the game of spinners, good to see battle b/w badree with kamran and shahzad who likes to play cut shoot and narine against hafeez and Umar. while hafeez will give the tuff time to gayle. ajmal and zulfiqar against smith and samuels. In batting hafeez and Bravo would be crucial for their respective teams as they are excelent against spinners. Overall, like to see 3 asain champions in the final 4. May the best team wins.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 5:00 GMT)

I personally like to see Asian teams dominating in the Semi-Final but it is a T20 game. Best of luck to both the teams!!

Posted by dmqi on (April 1, 2014, 4:57 GMT)

The team that wins the toss and elect to bat will win. Equally matched in bowling, batting, fire power and above all UNPREDICTABILITY. But neither will play the final, my guess.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:56 GMT)

Pakistan batting heavily depends on akmal brothers .. If both do well , pakistan will be won

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:48 GMT)

West Indies will win Insha Allah !

Posted by shahnoor-haque on (April 1, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

Thanxx to all Srilankan fans for supporting our team.May the best team win today:)

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

@Tony Abraham dear tony i agree its 50/50 contest but i assure that hafeez will get Gayle's Wickt

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:36 GMT)

As a supporter of Pak, my wish is Pak Should win, but i cannot go with cullinan wording that WI already celebrate thier victory, WI have great spinners like Narine & Badree,even santokie is bowling very good, it will be a good match, very for the action.

Pak have to play positively against spinners, then IN SHA ALLAH Pak will win, it was nice feeling to see Srilankan & Indian Fan above, thanks guys, even my wish is worldcup should go to any ASIAN Team.

Posted by kahvas on (April 1, 2014, 4:33 GMT)

I think Windies are the favorites. However, one of those days where Umar Akmal plays superbly, Pakistan can win. Still i guess its 60-40 in WI favor

Posted by PakSerZameen on (April 1, 2014, 4:27 GMT)

Best of Luck to both Teams. May the best one win. It looks like a game of Afridi/Ajman Vs. Gale/Narayan

Posted by malind on (April 1, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

I am SL fan, all I know is both teams here are deadly on their day, PAK or WI, winner can only be decided on the filed in that moment... wish both teams all the best, The Lions are looking forward to the challenge in the semi's

Posted by anver777 on (April 1, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

Wish it will be another close game !!!! Semis - SL vs PAK ....

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 4:24 GMT)

best of luck to both teams.. frm indian fan....

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

com on Pakistan five world cup five semi wow :)

Posted by mazahar99 on (April 1, 2014, 4:14 GMT)

both team are very strong , there is 50 - 5- chance of both as one is good in batting and other in bowling Insha'Allah west indies will win

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

Pakistan is going to loose today's match against West Indies. India is going to be T20 World Champions for the 2nd time.

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 4:09 GMT)

pakistan will win inshalla.good luck pakistani team.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 4:02 GMT)

Pakistan show your colors. Show power of Asia. Good luck you and looking forward to see Ajmals' MAGICS. From Sri Lankan Fan

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 3:56 GMT)

good luck pak

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

Sl will meet Ind n finals....

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 3:42 GMT)

More chances for pak than WI. Final will be INDvsPAK. One more big fight, finally India will become the 1st nation to win T20 cup second time.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

Pakistan holds the edge in bowling while WI in batting.This will be nail bitter for sure .All the best two awesome team from India :)

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:28 GMT)

Both team are good on paper. but Afridi will be difference.....Toss is not important only performance is important...Pakistan should insert Junaid khan instead of Sohil Tanveer....b coz Sohail Tanveer cant take pressure specily front of Chris Gayal.......

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

I wish WI all d best with the IPL's experiences from INDIA,

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 3:12 GMT)

For Pakistan to win, the seamers must bowl wicket to wicket for Gul/Bhatti/Tanvir and learn from the Indian bowlers to keep it tight. Pak batting must click as well, they must attack but play with an organized mind. Fielding is not really critical because of the short boundaries, but they should not drop any catches. With that said, the pakistanis must have a game plan to get Gayle/Sammy out quickly and more importantly and finally, Pakistan must play as a united bunch with a never say die attitude...All the best Pakistan

Posted by Karthik78 on (April 1, 2014, 3:04 GMT)

WI has edge over Pak. With respect to Bowling, both look equal, but batting, surely WI is better than Pak.

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

PAK vs W I going to be a keenly contested game as both teams are equally match. This is how i see it, as someone who only play backyard cricket however i'm not impress one bit with Cullinan analysis all his predictions have been totally wrong for the west indies games. This guy can simply say like Faukner he doesn't west indies as an analyst his basis is shallow, he's going with pak because he didn't like the way WI against Australia.Just wait and see my man there will be greater celebration against Pak. Martin Crowe you got it 50/50. Remind Cullinan we come to play and entertain it's all about caribbean people. WI to edge Pak.

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

West Indies with Sunil Narain and Chri Gale is decisive edge over Pakistan!

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

final will be b/w pak and india!!!! and champ will be pak inshAllah :)

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 2:56 GMT)

Hello pak fan Good news is that India will lose t20 SA will win it

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (April 1, 2014, 2:52 GMT)

Pak has some good players but country has too much politics so team would never be up there at top I think dhoni makes more money than whole Pakistani team combine Wish they win and IndiA vsPak in final

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 2:35 GMT)

Its even Stevens as both side got almost similar attributes, in all three departments so keep ya fingers crossed until the match finished. Hope and pray Greens will Insha Allah stick to histroy by playing all seemis in T-20 uptil Now. Best of Luck Team Pakistan.

Posted by vallavarayar on (April 1, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

Looks like a SL vs WI final.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

I really wish pak wins this .... Assuming SAF will struggle against India spin kings....it could be a repeat of First T20 WC final or the last 50 Over WC final....which is a safe bet from an indian fan perspective....ofcourse expecting this game to be a nailbiter as a regular cricket fan...

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 1, 2014, 2:30 GMT)

contd..Well WI bats even made Ind spinners look good! didnt they?After pp Pak should get in worlds no.1,magician Ajmal @ WI mid. order.He'll make short work of fragile WI order.Looks like a SL v Pak/SA final is on.Wish best to all 3!Regards,from India!

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (April 1, 2014, 2:17 GMT)

1 sided beating awaits WI if Pak plays somewhere near their potential.Which I'm sure they will.WI stand no chance.Pak should adopt these tactics which've succeeded in these conds. so far.Open with Haffes to strokeless wonder Gayle.WI are clueless v spin.

Posted by wjkalana on (April 1, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

WI is just a ordinary team, look at their batsmen avg in test,ODI and T20 format. Those are just ordinary stats (par with BD). I dont think WI have a chance against Pak. As a SL I would like to see WI in the semifinal rather than facing Pak but I dont think it will happen.

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 1:51 GMT)

shoib malik hasnt done that badly, and in this t20 squad he is our best option as he is a good player against spin and is reliable if the top order fails. i would play afridi as an opener as he will be able to hit badree in the power play overs.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

Team batting second wins game

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 1:46 GMT)

Inshallah Pak win.pak has edge on wi and we all support in our prays to our player to play a well level against wi

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

WI batting line up must be Gayle, Smith, Simmons, Bravo, Ramdin, Russell, Sammy and Samuels. The two best batsmen against spin in WI line up is Simmons and Ramdin. Bowl Santokie, Badree, Narine and Samuels four overs each Bravo Sammy and Russell can Bowl the next four. With this plan WI have a good chance of winning

Posted by android_user on (April 1, 2014, 1:39 GMT)

all the best pakistan from srilanka

Posted by wapuser on (April 1, 2014, 1:27 GMT)

I feel Pakistan holds a slight edge, given that they bring in their A game. Pitches are starting to favour the spinners more and more, which theoritically at least should work in favour of Pak. They have 3 very good spinners in the team and also their batters are more experienced in handling the conditions. Good luck to both teams and may the best side win. From a SL fan.

Posted by sasidharbiet on (April 1, 2014, 1:19 GMT)

All the best to both teams

Posted by ak_dragon on (April 1, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

Selection of Shoaib Malik is big question for Pakistani Selection Committee. Based on his past performance which is lower than average. I think they need dropped him from this decider game & add Sharjeel into the squad for giving more confidence to Shehzad.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

West Indies spinners have the two top ranking in 20/20 cricket at the moment...That is facts

Posted by lovepork on (April 1, 2014, 0:28 GMT)

It all depends on Gayle, if her fires Pakistan will sink, Windies have enough fire power to sink them. I think W.I will pull it through, won't b surprised to see them in final with India. Go West Indies, go Gayle

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:27 GMT)

Well it is clear from the ICC ranking that WI has in best spinners in 20/20. Narine is rank no. 1 and Badree no. 2......Pakistan is a good side but this is WI game to loose

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:26 GMT)

Gayle and Narine key for WI.If both click trouble for Pak.Pak formula to win:Win the toss bat first score 160 plus and let bowler do their job.Sharjeel should play and a genuine fast bowler for Tanvir.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

West Indies have what it takes and shall prevail and win.

Posted by Cricistan on (April 1, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

Well I wonder why Pakistan not going with just one fast bowler on these spinning paradise pitches? I mean Pakistan have 4 quality wicket taking spinners (Ajmal, Hafeez, Afirdi and Baber), they can just put Gul in as Fast Bowler and drop Tanveer for an extra batsmen specially for Sharjeel, Ofcourse if a bowler has an extra bad day then they can put Shoaib Malik for an over or two, and the little extra runs what actually windies made in case of a bad day from a bowler can be covered from adding Sharjeel in and firing at top with Ahmed Shahzad

Sharjeel K A Shahzad K Akmal U Akmal S Afridi M Hafeez S Malik S Maqood U Gul S Ajmal Z Baber

I guess this is better than what they are going with 6 bowlers for just 20 overs match, they should drop one pacer and bring Sharjeel in and ask him to play his normal firy innings, and put Kamran at 3 and Afridi at 5, and ask them to play thr natural games And If thr will be a collapse then Hafeez, shoaib and suhaib can play rest of the overs

My 2 cents

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 23:58 GMT)

West Indian will win in flying colors ! We have the world best two spinners in T20!

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

The match will get decided on the basis of performance in the first n last give overs. I reckon Pak has an edge over Indies.?

Posted by LAKingsFan on (March 31, 2014, 23:26 GMT)

Whoever wins I can't wait to watch this game.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 23:09 GMT)

Pak vs s.africa final !

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 22:56 GMT)

Hafeez ideally should take up the "MALIK" role himself which is to anchor the innings in the middle overs with a run rate better than run a ball hitting an odd boundary in between and setting up game for the finishers. He can do this thing quite well and this will allow him more as a captain to induce himself through the batting line up. Pakistan should go with Sharjeel khan as even in the last game, we have seen that inclusion of Malik at the place of Sharjeel is seeming ridiculous now. We under utilized Maqsood, afridi and tanvir. If we don't have confidence in our batting and playing tanvir as allrounder, than what's the point of not using his big shots? Y NOT TO GIVE JUNAID a proper go as he alongside INFORM gul is heaven! Sharjeel, Shehzad, Kamran, Umar, Hafeez, Maqsood, Afridi, Gul, Babar, Ajmal, Junaid By maximum u can keep out babar or junaid for Bhatti or tanvir to strengthen the batting which is not required in T20S. Junaid has more impact than allrounding bhatti & tanviri

Posted by likeintcricket on (March 31, 2014, 22:55 GMT)

@ JohnnyRook, I think Pak has five spinners in the side, Ajmal, hafeez, afridi, Babar and Malik and atleast three of them in top 10. If its a spinning track than it will be a survival for WI rather Scoring and Pak batsman are much better playing spin.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 22:51 GMT)

The number 1 and 2 bowlers in the world in T20 are from the West Indies but some how Pak has the better bowlers...............interesting?...........time will tell

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 22:39 GMT)

Is there anyone here who have been following Mr. Cullinan's comments closely since this tournament started?

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 22:07 GMT)

do or die situation for both. best of luck Pakistan

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:59 GMT)

Watch Gayle Explode he is awake and i exepect a big score or if not Daren Sammy will do it again

Posted by Desihungama on (March 31, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

Question is not whether WI can handle Pakistan spinners rather can Pak players play West Indian spin bowlers? Doubt they can handle Narine, Badree, Pak is known to succumb to leg spin as well as part timers. Shoaib Malik can come in handy tomorrow. And Afridi is in one of his best forms so why not utilized this prized utility and send him up a little? Say after Umar Akmal?

Posted by Raja75 on (March 31, 2014, 21:45 GMT)

This match will be totally dependent on the toss. The team who will win the toss will bat first and has winning probability of 0.75. Pakistan batting line is bit fragile compared to West Indies. Malik and Kamran are the weak links so far along with out of form Captain.

Posted by haq33 on (March 31, 2014, 21:38 GMT)

Windies overhyped batsmen will wilt against Pak spinners, almost certain. The real contest is Pak batsmen vs Windies spinners. If Pak batsmen can show respect and steadily accumulate without taking risks against the quality of Narine, Badree (and also Santokie), Pak will win. 150 would be a match winning score for Pak. The one other area which may differentiate the teams is fielding. Pak will fumble a few and Akmal will mess up, whereas Windies could make their superior fielding count.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:37 GMT)

Pakistan is Favorite. they have to perform well against WI.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 21:28 GMT)

Pakistan are favourites in this game but need good performance from Hafeez been poor so far in the tournament.....

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:14 GMT)

pak will win by a wic or two or by 15+

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:11 GMT)

i do not know what andre russell is doing in windies team .his only over nearly cost them game against australia .they should better play a specialist bowler or batsman in place of russell .pak also should think to bring back junaid .he is their best fast bowler currently and hit block hole consistently which will be highly demanded for big hitters of windies. hope the best team will win and a wishing for nailbiting finish

Posted by rezauk on (March 31, 2014, 21:09 GMT)

This is a tough one to call. Pakistan will need to be very discplined in their line & length or the ball will disappear rapidly. It may definitely be a case of catches win matches. The WI spinners will also be a threat , they need to be treated with respect but not treated as in a test match !! It's time for pakstan to up their game and that will mean proper shot selection and no run outs ! The management needs to talk to the players individually and make sure what their roles will be on the day.

Finally the most impotrant thing to do is to take every game at a time. It's all very well wishing your team to be in he final but you need o earn yor place 1st.

For me the most important thing for the future of Pakistan will be to play aggressive cricket and to learn to handle pressure like the top players in the world generally do. Beating India may be top of the agenda for many supporters but for me they are just another team who need to be studied like all others.

Posted by Cricmot on (March 31, 2014, 21:02 GMT)

As a neutral fan, I wish both teams good luck. These two teams have got some of highly talented players. Both teams are pretty amazing to watch, the most endearing n fascinating thing about these two is, their unpredictability, you never know what is going to be dished out until the last minute. Teams like India, Australia are bit serious n bit boring at times. That means you can sense what would happen with them if they are in winning/losing momentum or looking at their player's form, you can pretty much predict the outcome correctly in their next encounter. But it's not the case with these two teams. Even If they are winning all along n might collapse like pack of cards in their next one or if they are in loosing spree for quite some time n can rise like phoenix in crucial games to clinch the matches. I love to watch these two teams in action. These two certainly enrich cricket, a game of uncertainty, even more.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 21:01 GMT)

Yet another quarter-final between Pakistan and West Indies at Dhaka! Anybody remember Pakistan cruising through last time!? :P

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 20:59 GMT)

Im puzzled as to why everyone says that Pakistan has better spinners. The stats do not suggest that. I hope west indies gives gayle a bowl with his darts....Between Gayle Samuels Badree and Narine...we have this thing wrapped up. Go team Windies

Posted by Harihacker on (March 31, 2014, 20:58 GMT)

To all my Pakistani Fans..I also believe that Shoaib Malik's place could be better used by any of the young talanted batsmen/allrounder. I was wondering where Imran Nazir is? He was one of the most exciting talents that I saw from Pakistan but he faded off after a while.. Is he stll playing? BTW, am an indian.. So dont know much about pak domestic cricket..

Posted by MonkeyMonkey on (March 31, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

west indies favorites. shezad and ajmal only hope for pak. finals: ind vs. wi. lets go west indies!!!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 31, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

I want a good match as a neutral fan. It will be very CLOSE. Pakistan cannot think that they will walk away with a win easily. The WI are very dangerous team with IMPACT players like Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine, Badree. Anything can happen in cricket, especially in T20. So both teams have to play excellent cricket to come out victorious. Can't wait for this mouth watering game.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

I think this is going to be an awesome quarter final. WI are weak in the middle order but pak also have the same issue with 2 players . however both team have winners like the openers, Afridi, umar, bravo , Sammy. I like both teams and may the best one win

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

Every one drunk here may be, india final , india final, let them play first then discuess

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

it seems pak vs sa wil be finale..

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

Bring in Juanid khan and sharjeel khan,This is why i hate hafeez as a captain he keeps playing the old guys who shouldnt even be in the squad and keeps dropping youngsters who are performing,Jk has been paks best fast bowler for a while

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

Watch out for WI two spinner!

Posted by JAHID_OMAR on (March 31, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

Wish Pakistan..!! We want to see our Friends winning.. From SL

Posted by Mekkayel on (March 31, 2014, 20:18 GMT)

anuajm, Sunil Narine is the no.1 bowler in t20s, followed by Samuel Badree at no.2. Ajmal in no.4-5, and hafeez is no.8. Hafeez has not taken a wicket the entire tournament , and has conceeded over 8 an over, and scored 36 runs off 42 balls.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 20:08 GMT)

I thik, only conern for pakistan is the 2nd fast bowler. Gu got his form back, but Sohail Tanveer is not good as the 2nd fast bowler. Even Junaid is also not good here in Bagladesh cinditions. Pakistan can use Shoaib Malik as wll as spin bower. He should be good in this condition and they can easily include specialist batsan in place of Tanveer. They have lots of bowling options, even they can do 20 overs of spin bowling.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 20:05 GMT)

I,l be fine if pak looses, atleast suhail tenveer will have an end to his pathetic and failed career

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

pakistan have to drop sohail tenveer. he is s pathstic bowler, fielder.. useless guy.. he is just in the team due to reference..wi will be targetting him badly..

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:52 GMT)

It will bean exciting match but thanks to Faulkner and the Aussies who woke up Gayle and fired up the West Indies ,Pakistan will pay. The West iIndies will triumph.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 19:49 GMT)

Dont worry pakstanis we won easily tomorrow m sure pakistan better then wi

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

If the Pak Play as a team they can beat any other team in this tournament It seems that there are different groups in the team who dont cooprate with each other If they play as a team inshallah they will defeat WI

Posted by wc1992 on (March 31, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

i think InshAllah Pak will win this and this is the best for Pak, as we dont really mind too much loosing to either SL and WI if Pak happen to loose

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

pakistan is a much better team than w indies in these conditions pakistan will win the game easily tommorow InshAllah..

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 31, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

My teams for Pakistan would be: (1) kamran akmal (2) sharjeel (3) Ahmad Shahzad (4) hafeez (5) umar akmal (6) afridi (7) Maqsood (8) gul (9) babar (10) ajmal (11) junaid

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

wi has the two best spinners in the world right now and the best batting attack its their game to lose

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 19:20 GMT)

Last place in semifinal belong to Pakistan

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

if Gayle click, then its hard to stop WI! best of luck for both teams!

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (March 31, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

Good luck Pakistan.. I hope Pakistans batting and fast bowling click tomorrow along with spin attack. Hafeez is due a good innings.. Play badree and narine well and you will get good total. I hope tanvir and Malik will be replaced with deserving junaid and sharjeel.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:16 GMT)

Come on Pakistan go for Semi finals and make it 5 in a row. Pakistan Zindabad !!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:14 GMT)

me and my friends even whole Pakistani youth is very upset upon team management that why malik? please for God sake put sharjeel and junaid into team. i dont know what is role of malik in pak team we all know how to stop in test cricket malik thank you for your legendary demo stops in every match.

Posted by dr.shafikhan on (March 31, 2014, 19:09 GMT)

it should b the match of the tournament, both equally poised in spin department and hitters down the order. THE X-FACTOR will b Gayle for the WI and hafeez or afridi for Pakistan. it will a cracker of a wt20 game. b ready for an entertaining contest .

Posted by STRIKETHUNDER on (March 31, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Pakistan has no chance against West Indies. They need divine intervention. Which their fans always keep on uttering.

Posted by YesCricketer on (March 31, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

Just looking forward to an exciting game of cricket. Gaylestorm, Afridi special, naraine and badree competing ajmal and hafeez!

But i jus feeel WI myt scrape thru this as their middle order is fearless and do not crumble under pressure. Unlike pakistanis whu are known for crumbling uring the big match situation. MOreover, local expectations on pak myt have an effect on them too. Hoping I am wrong and expecting a tight competition. May the best team win! May Cricket prevail !

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 19:04 GMT)

Pakistan will win this T20 WC INSHALLAH

Posted by mzm149 on (March 31, 2014, 19:01 GMT)

Please stop criticizing Shoaib Malik just for the sake of criticizing. His role in previous game cannot be denied. Had he also chickened out like Hafeez, Kamran and Uma Akmal, it would never have been possible for Ahmed Shehzad to bat with such ease. Look at today's game of New Zealand against Sri Lanka. Williamson batted well but there was no one to support him at the other end. Look what happened.

Posted by Informal_pk on (March 31, 2014, 18:52 GMT)

if they played sensibilly InshaaAllah pak will beat west indies

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Why do people comment that Pakistan have better spinners than West Indies, when West Indies have the number one and two ranked bowlers in their side?

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

narine vs ajmal, badree vs zulfiqar, afridi vs bravo, hafeez vs samules, shezad vs gayle, umar akmal vs sammy, great great match coming up, watch out who will go to semies

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:46 GMT)

Expecting a very tough competition!!

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 31, 2014, 18:44 GMT)

This will be a close match and very interesting unlike the useless one sided games today. Eng and NZ played so bad that Nepal must be kicking themselves for not qualifying. Not to mention Aussies thought losing is not a big deal since they got knocked out - great professionals and Lehmann must be proud.

The key to this match is how well Marlon Samuels plays against Ajmal and Babar. He is bad form and if he comes back into form it will be tough for Pak. On the other hand Shehzad and U Akmal are in prime form and it will be interesting to see how they handle Narine.

Pak should drop Malik and play Sharjeel Khan and Afridi should come open with Shehzad. Windies should promote Dwayne Bravo to No. 3 ahead of Samuels since he may play spin better than Samuels given the bad form Samuels is in.

Anyways whoever wins will have a tough match waiting for them against SL.

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 31, 2014, 18:41 GMT)

If Pakistan takes all the catchable catches in the field, They will win eery match. otherwise They can only pray for luck.

Posted by salman_0902 on (March 31, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

Malik cannot be dropped Period. They will lose their jobs if Malik were not to play. He is a resourceful Perso outside the ground.

Posted by FighterKallis on (March 31, 2014, 18:30 GMT)

Please all of U . It is SA vs WI final with 60-40 chance to the Saffas to win the cup. The AM DE DU DE DU STY will do it

Posted by India_wchampions on (March 31, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

All the best Pak, from an ardent Indian fan.

Fans from Pak and India, please stop hater discussions and be proud to support each others to see as many asian teams in Semis and hopefully an all asian finals.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Narine vs Ajmal and Gayle vs Afridi, down to form of the Pakistani players u would think Afridi and Ajmal beat Narine and Gayle

Posted by mgr125128 on (March 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

All this hype about Naraine, ajmal,Babar,Afridi and gayle winnig it...I have a strong feeling Santokie will win it for WI

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

toss would be crucial. i think the team which will win the toss, would also win the match. bowling first must be the decision on winning toss as dew would b there for misery of fielders and bowlers.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

both r unpredictable since their inception. the one playing worse than other will lose :)

Posted by msq13 on (March 31, 2014, 18:13 GMT)

At least Shoaib Malik is consistent in one aspect: WORST SELECTION

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

I just hope Pak makes it through to semi-final! WI vs PAK is gonna be one hell of a game!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 18:05 GMT)

This is my prediction: SA will lift the cup!

Posted by babji007 on (March 31, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

west indies will win if they play an extra bowler rampaul instead of rusel,bcoz they hav smith,gayle,simons,samuels,bravo,samy enough for 20 overs and samy should not bowl let badre,narine,santokie,samuels,bravo ,rampaul do the bowling and then they will win and smith/samuels must fire tomorow

Posted by TheZeus on (March 31, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

What is wrong with you people....West Indies will definitely bludgeon Pakistan....look out for it!!!

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Best Wishes for both teams. Since I'm West Indian im rooting for WI. Regardless of the outcome, i predict a typical west indian style: nail biting & exciting match!

Posted by ArvindKejriwal_mfpatel810rediff on (March 31, 2014, 18:00 GMT)

Santokie will win it for WI.....He will grab 4 wickets

Posted by a.syed81 on (March 31, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

@ JohnnyRook also you're mistaken about Pak spin. It's not (Narinine and Badree vs Ajmal) instead it will be (Narinine and Badree vs Ajmal, Zulfiqar, Hafeez and Afridi). So wrong comparison again.

Posted by a.syed81 on (March 31, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

@ JohnnyRook, Add Ahmed, Sohaib and Tanveer in your list too. So a comparison should be like this and not how you elaborated (Gayle, Sammy, Smith, Bravo, Samuels, Russel vs Ahmed, K.Akmal, U.Akmal, Sohaib, Afridi, Tanveer, PLUS I'm not counting Hafeez and Malik because both didn't fire so far).

Furthermore, I don't think it will be a cake walk for WI.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

Gentlemen, its T20 CRICKET. irrespective of what you have on cards, team will win who perform well at that point of time.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

I predict Pak vs SA final. india will be thradhed by AB and Co. like they were couple of months bakck.

Posted by ashangamage on (March 31, 2014, 17:52 GMT)

common pakistan............ you can do this......SL FAN

Posted by alipk52 on (March 31, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

I really wish Guldozer finds the yorkers he's known for, once again it comes down to poor Coaching by Akram, who's completely incapable to coach bowlers, I don't think Gul forgotten how to bowl yorkers he was known for, he's the best T20 bowler if he gets it right, and he has to learn it by himself, So called bowling coach's performance is clear to me, apart from that, junaid khan is they and ordinary Tanvir deserves no place in the team, our batsman have a big challenge this time facing badree and Narine, but West Indies pace battery is not as good, so 8 overs of spin, they can afford collect 30, and score 10/per over against pace which is easier, if Pakistan bat first, they'll need at least 150, and I am sure our spinners will defend it, ohh yeah my brain stopped working when I tried to think about other scenario, Chasing...it's indeed very scary to think about it.

Posted by viru-319-219 on (March 31, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

WI has an edge over Pakistan here ...

WI batting is deadly.. Just 1 good performance from any 1 batsman can win them game. Sammy is finishing games superbly at the moment and Pak lacks a finisher and Afridi as a finisher is too inconsistent to bank upon. Hence WI has an edge over Pak in Batting. Narine Vs Ajmal .... I personally think Narine is better than Ajmal in T20s. Ajmal has been taken for cleaners by some batsmen but Narine on the other hand has played so many T20 leagues and there are hardly any occasions he has been lost a game for his team like Ajmal did. I would consider both bowling lineups equal but Pak lineup inconsistent and WI gets edge in bowling tooo.. Final aspect is Fielding and no need of any comparisons here .. WI far far ahead.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

SA will be in the final! Mark my words the enthusiasm I saw in their last game is of a team suddenly realizing they can beat anybody! Go Proteas .... destiny awaits!

Posted by Khann6 on (March 31, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

Hi All,

I have seen few negative comments from few guys regarding Pakistan team. The only change I would suggest is to use Junaid Khan instead of Sohail Tanveer but this doesn't mean that Pakistan will lose it. I can assure you that Pakistan can win this match. The chances are very high and we can even win the world cup. Just need some commitment from all guys. Thanks

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

I think Pakistan will win against West Indies. South Africa is capable upset india but boy! with a Dhoni's captency india is almost invincible ... looking forward to a wonderful games ahead

Posted by HBalli19 on (March 31, 2014, 17:44 GMT)

This West Indies game. Our team will dominate the game tomorrow. Gayle, Smith, Sammy and Bravo will win for us.

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 31, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

I backed WI to progress to semifinals then finals but one the way they would lose to pakistan as a must. Unfortunately India did beat them and Pakistan are just about to be played.

Its definitely advantage Pakistan as players like Simmons, Samuels and Smith can be tied down by spin. An aggressive lineup change to face spin would be needed but the coaching staff will not change it especially after beating the Aussies emphatically. Gayle, Ramdin and Bravo are the best players of spin. Smith, Sammy, Russell and Simmons will prefer to hit out than being tied down while its almost certain that Samuels will struggle and either be stumped or run somebody out. Better yet, both might happen LOL.

I would use same XI but different lineup as i said:

1)Gayle 2)Smith 3)Russell 4)Ramdin 5)Bravo 6)Sammy 7)Simmons 8)Samuels 9)Narine 10)Badree 11)Santokie

If pakistan bat 1st and make 170 they will win.

If West Indies bat 1st and make 150 they will win.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

One can not predict in short form of game that who will be the winner and upset occurs in t20 goodluck for both teams entertain the audience with sportsman spirit

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:32 GMT)

its WI show time now, enjoy Gayle Storm,Sammy finish, Bravo's DJ,Narines Tunes, hope PAK fielders will become spectators, Spectators will be fielders, and bowlers will be the entertainers.

WI will be the favorites in this particular match, if Gayle gets 30runs atleast then ................. Afridi,Ajmal not bad too........

such a real entertainers. All d best both the teams,.. WI,PAK,

Posted by Strider7 on (March 31, 2014, 17:31 GMT)

All the luck to our pakistani brothers!!! Lets meet in the semis :D Srilankan fan

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

I bet..If pak BAt first what ever score they put on the score board..They will win

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:30 GMT)

Please explain SHOAIB MALIK if you are not going to use him as an all rounder. SHIRJEEL at least gives a quick 20-30. For a T20 its better then run a ball. Besides, Shoaib is under pressure. Known for his fielding he dropped a sitter, kinda shows he is out of touch. Give hungry youngster a chance!

And Junaid for Sohail Tanvir. Watched Sohail for a long time and have always favored him but he has proven to be ONE TRICK PONNY all along. All this time in international cricket and no improvement what so ever. Let the youngster grow with the team and learn. Remember, CONFIDENCE BRINGS EXCELLENCE. player will only be confident when he is given proper playing opportunity rather then worrying about securing his spot in playing 11.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

InSha-Allah Pakistan will win

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

Good luck to West Indies !

Posted by ksquared on (March 31, 2014, 17:27 GMT)

It's the battle of spin PAK probably slightly ahead but WI batting is more explosive if Gayle clicks PAK will crumble there batting is still unpredictable as ever.

Posted by kapsitash on (March 31, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Due is a huge factor, if their is not any due than easy win for Pakistan similar to what SL did to NZ.But if their is noticable due WI with better firepower will have upperhand especially after their last game against Australia.Lesser due will make game competative, no due Pak in to semis.Best luck to both teams from Indian Fan.

Posted by Umair_umair on (March 31, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

With Sri Lanka's Win today; Its kinda Red light for WI or PK, whoever goes to Semi. Especially Pakistan, given their recent record against Sri Lanka and given how much Herath loves Pakistan Batsmen, and spinning wickets, and even if Pakistan goes to Final and if India is there? then? Pakistan against India in an ICC cup??

Posted by kahvas on (March 31, 2014, 17:22 GMT)

Pakistani chances of winning will be higher if they're defending. Ajmal is a real threat to Windies.

Posted by Stark62 on (March 31, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

Why would malik be given the ball? Is he better than our two pacers or anyone of our four spinners (incl. Hafaeez)? The answer is a resounding NO!

The selectors meesed up big time with his selection and the whole world knows it, although I hope hafeez is brave enough to play Sharjeel tomorrow because a leftie opening against Badree would be a very good idea and play kamran down the order at number 6.

Posted by STRIKETHUNDER on (March 31, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Come on West Indies world cricket needs you to perform. Your legacy precedes you. Look back at a bygone golden era. Gather strength from those immortal players who graced the game and demolish this ordinary Pakistan team. Want to see West Indies of old. Go West Indies go.

Posted by DwightR on (March 31, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

if Pak gets Gayle out early- they win, if Gayle performs at his level its game over...the equation is that simple.

Posted by British_North_America on (March 31, 2014, 17:08 GMT)

Most of the Bangladeshis will support West Indies I think.Pakistan really struggle against spin and West Indies have two best T20 spinners of the wordl-Samuel Badri and Sunil Naraine.

Posted by warraich101 on (March 31, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

If pakistan can get to C.gayle earlier , match on .

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 17:06 GMT)

ravi rampaul should replace samuels nd andre russel should play as a proper batsman rather than using him as an allrounder. this guy russell has too much talent but is being utilized properly.previous game would be blown if marlon played a few more balls.also gayle should come as explosively in batting rather than to bat defensively.many a times he plays too much dots which sometimes does not justify his hitting.he should adapt himself atleast in taking singles while smith hitting the ball.WI middle order is too slow (with simmons nd samuels) and also fragile is not able to keep the early momentum.

Posted by west_indiesBoss on (March 31, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

West Indies will win In Shaa Allah

Posted by I_Love_My_India on (March 31, 2014, 17:00 GMT)

I like WI very much, particularly Sammy & Narine. But I would be supporting Pak because I wish to see an India Vs Pak final (Keeping my fingers crossed to see India win against SA)

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

pakistan vs india final all set,,

Posted by TheProfPak on (March 31, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

@Shariq Babar: liked "... this guy dont deserve to lift the trophy". so true mate!

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

If pakistan play misbah insted of malik could be better because misbah is 100 time better player of spin than malik

Posted by ABKhanISB on (March 31, 2014, 16:51 GMT)

Many of sincere Pakistanis are concerned about the inclusion of Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal and Suhail tanveer. They are right that these three are the worst player of the international cricket at the moment, but there is a big reason of their inclusion. The reason is that Hafeez wants players who are even worse than him so no one will notice his pathetic performance and he will continue to captain the team

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 16:47 GMT)

Please sit sohail tanvir and shoib malik and insert junaid and fowad alam...why does sohail tnaveer still play he has not done any thing positive for Pakistan in any format of the game

Posted by kamilkhuwaja on (March 31, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

I request Hafeez not to go with Tanvir ...If that's the case Gayle would beat him like a street bowler. Tanvir only knows slow delivery....Please, Hafeez be sensible with your selection.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

looks like we will have 3 asian teams in semi final. pak should win this

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

If not tomorrw then pakistan have to drop malik in semi final anyway so bring in sharjeel for mailk' sharjeel and ahmed shehzad can open the innings ' kamran akmal is useless anyway so he can bat at number 5 ' so its better to waste one space for akmal rather than two by selecting mailk and k akmal in playing 11

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:40 GMT)

I prefer Pakistan to chase the target, as they are good chasers now days. any how if they loose the toss and were put in to bat, they should change the batting order in order to score a big. they should send afridi or sohaib infront of hafeez and malik since malik is not proving his form for the last 3 games scoring only ball by ball

Posted by anuajm on (March 31, 2014, 16:33 GMT)

Pakistan definitely seems to have edge with a better spin attack all owed to one man - Ajmal else both teams looks similar. WI needs either of Smith and Gayle to explode and either of Samuels/Bravo/Simmons to play a holding role, else they don't have any chance. Pakistan batting is also weak but i am pretty sure someone will put their hands up and get a good total for Pakistan.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (March 31, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

Is it going to be the repeat of ODI worldcup final? Ind Vs SL or Ind facing defending champion WI in the final or repeat of the 1st T20 world cup final? Ind vs PAK?? I would go for Ind Vs WI, then Ind Vs Pak and then Ind Vs SL as preferred options, of course India is expected to beat SA to get to the final.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 16:25 GMT)

this match will be a tough one but I think pak has an edge over WI.

Posted by Saadcricketlover on (March 31, 2014, 16:20 GMT)

This will be a nail biter. There is no difference between this and a quarter final. It's a knockout match between the 2 most unpredictable teams in the world. Best of luck Pakistan. Please for the cup's sake play Junaid khan instead of defused Sohail Tanvir. Inshallah Pakistan wull win. I don't there should be any other changes.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

Pakistan got better spinners than WI. I believe Pak will have no major problem in sixteen overs in the presence of Hafeez, Afridi, Masood and Saeed. Rest of the four overs may be crucial. WI has good bowlers too but Pakistan has a better chance to qualify. I wish Shoaib may play faster than usual. it is T20 and important match.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 16:05 GMT)

Hafeez is not even a odi player i dont understand how he can lead in t20, he has to drop him self at number 6, against west ind i would give a chance to sharjeel khan and let him open, drop kamran at 7 as he is not able to connect the ball. Pick Junaid Khan for Tanvir, i dont see pak winning this world cup while hafeez is leading this guy dont deserve to lift the trophy. We need more confident captain he is just a selfish player like akmals who perform for themselves not for team

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 16:04 GMT)

A Big Game!! Tough Competition For Both teams.. spinners would trump card..

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

Pakistan win

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

I guess West Indies is favorite. But, if Pakistanies bat first and post 150 or plus runs on board. Pakistan will win in sha Allaha.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:54 GMT)

Ali Khan Wish all you want Malik is not going anywhere :)

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

bilawal and tanveer is rubbish and will get walloped by windies big strikers, farcry for Junaid to play, but this thick management and captain does not see the logic. hoing for a win!!

Please change the batting order, demote the out of form hafeez/malik and bring afridi and maqsood up, ofcourse none of this will take place lol! cus pak don't do common sense approach

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:45 GMT)

Tough competition,West Indies confidence will be on higher side as defending champions but Pakistan will surely come on top tomorrow.A Very good game guaranteed.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Hafeez should play for country not for him, he should bat at number 6 because of poor form, malik or afridi should bat at 3, if afridi bats at Number 3 then let malik bat at 4, and drop tanvir and pick junaid.

Posted by Seperior on (March 31, 2014, 15:42 GMT)

Indian & Pakistan will play in the final and obviously Indian will win the T20WC. Looking forward to see the game and it will be a very thrilling game.

Posted by Cricket_Man on (March 31, 2014, 15:06 GMT)

Apparently West Indies plays well when the opposition doesn't particularly like them. Darren Sammy Pakistan loves you and your team. West Indies is the second favorite team of most Pakistanis. Sammy and co take a backseat and let Pakistan through to the Semis.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 14:27 GMT)

@Omprakash Agarwal- If It's get tied then the result will be decided by playing a "SUPER OVER".. An over to play with, the team which scores the highest in that one over will win.. If that gets tied too then the result will be decided by no. of boundaries(4s & 6s) hit by both teams.. The team with most no. of boundaries will win the game.. Seriously, Is it your first shot at cricket?

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

if Pak is to loose, i hope they loose with big margin so that Shoaib Malik is dropped for ever.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 14:21 GMT)

WI will win this match easily and qualify for semis. Rejuvenated WI are most dangerous than any other team.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

Every one criticizing to shoaib malik i know he not performing up to mark but he is better then sharjeel khan insha allah tomorrow u will see shoaib malik performance best of luck team pakistan

Posted by Ahmedpakistan6 on (March 31, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Well Semifinals matches are all set. South Africa will play India in the 2nd semifinal. Either New Zealand or Sri lanka will play against either Pakistan or West Inides.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:59 GMT)

What happen, if the match between Pakistan and West Indies gets tied. Will West Indies still go through ? or the result can be different on the basis of at what score the match got tied? I mean that can Pakistan go to semi final if the match got tied?

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

I'm sure if Pakistan team played well in their next match with WI then they'll go in the semis without any doubt but if players like Mesbah did not put their effort in the match then they might lose the match. WI is not a little team, they also have great players. I think Pakistan team will be in the semis and I would love to see the final between Pakistan and India just like other people want to see. It'll be a great way of ending T20 World Cup.

Posted by pakistani.fan680 on (March 31, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

I think if hafeez strike earlier than Pakistan will never stop to take the game away from West Indies anyhow interesting and thrilling game on the head and that team hold their nerve should win easily.

Posted by BowledYa on (March 31, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

Agree with the captain. It will come down to who plays the spinners better. I like Pakistan's chances as they have better spinners, and generally are better spin players. Real test tomorrow. Hafeez should be careful using Tanveer, if WI start to hit him big then he should be taken off, no sense giving him 4 overs in that case when you have 4-5 spinners who can slow down the run rate. Another key will be Gul's bowling.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

Both the teams are balanced.In batting bowling and spin attack in particular.However the team which cli ks can make it to finals.w.indies have a bit edge in thst they have more aggressive players.but it is upto pak spiners to contain them if they waiver yhen they had it.Combination in batting side is ok.they may replace duhail tanvir with may be talha or bhati.Ml7k is needed because of his tallent and experience.kamran akmal needs to improve in batting n wkeeping as well.they can not sfford a miss on his part.it can cost them the match.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:29 GMT)

This is a tough one.WI are in form and are playing positive cricket.Pakistani batting line is neither consistant nor confident while bowling is good but not the best, like India.Is there a scope for Sohail Tanveer, not really.Just one front line fast bowler Gul is enough, if you want 2nd fast bowler Bhatti is a better choice than Sohail or even better bring in Sharjeel and play with only one front line fast bowler. I suspect there may be some technical reason for Shohaib not to bowl. was he not in the team as a alrounder.

Posted by wapuser on (March 31, 2014, 13:27 GMT)

Well its a game where both teams hopes are...so I wil only say dt as a pak fan ..pak team jus go positive n go for ur best..play ur best game. .wish thy drop sohail n bring in bhatti or talha. ..n hop thy send afridi up the order a bit..I knw afridi nt a reliable bat bt if he gos wel dn pak wil must win so v try gamble..

Posted by Bilai on (March 31, 2014, 13:24 GMT)

Pakistan should play Junaid in place of Sohail Tanvir in this crunch game. Sohail Tanvir is a risky player. The probability that he'll put up a match-winning performance is very low whereas the probability of a match-losing (1 over goes for 20+ runs for example) performance is very high..

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 31, 2014, 13:23 GMT)

Hafeez doesnt have the guts to drop Malik, so Moin and Zaheer have to step in and take the bold decision. They are not doing justice with Sharjeel Khan.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Pakistan have better chance to win world cup. When ever Netherlands beat England in world world cup pakistan when That cup 2009 so hope for a good. I will support NZ to win here to play semi with us......

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT)

this match is absolutely unpredictable both the teams have the ability to win or lose from nowhere .west indians are balanced side at the moment .they have fire power everywhere. pak can pick the match from anywhere they have good talent but replacing sohail tanveer by bilawal bhati will be a good option . and sohail maqsood should play at no 4 hafeez a bit down

Posted by xylofon on (March 31, 2014, 13:15 GMT)

Two inconsistent but fierce teams - anything can happen. Pakistan should be able to do this but toss may have some to do with it - but its just a detail in the end!

Someone wrote Bilawal and Sharjeel the future of Pak cricket - if they are the future we have no future. I agree oldies must move out, especially Malik but the cure is not superinconsistent Sharjeel or Bilawal who lets out 30 runs at the hour of need. Wake up people.

I wonder what would happen if Pak played with full strength and a fair lineup. But with PCB in the state it is things are downhill for Pak and quite frankly I dont know what I am rooting for anymore. If you root for Pakistan do you root for PCB which displays nepotism, corruption & incompetence or what? I still love my team so Ill root for them but not for PCB.

Umar Gul is one of my favourites but we need to find a replacement soon, he is not a batsman who can have those extra miles. A pacers best before date is very clear. Maybe 1 more year though?

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:13 GMT)

Tanvir, Kamran and Shoaib should consider themselves lucky to be part of this side. Tanvir is usually expensive and Shoaib seems to be struggling with timing and confidence. Fawad, Anwar Ali, Hammad Azam etc should consider themselves unlucky to be left out.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 13:12 GMT)

I dont think they will change any one,. malik has question mark but they will play him instead of sharjeel to halt any collapse. Both teams have good spinners. It will be decided by the batting.

This will be the 2nd game so toss will be a huge factor.

This tournament has gone good. We have a quarterfinal in both groups as last group game. no ifs and calculations.

Posted by Umair_umair on (March 31, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

Malik played a very important role in the match against BD. Ask Shehzad. Pakistan had lost 3 quick wickets and Maqsood and Afridi could not be exposed at that time. So malik played fluent innings which helped Shehzad. Malik also helped Pakistan for jail break in match against India. With Hafeez not firing, and Misbah not playing, Pakistan literally don't have a Middle Order at all. Just op order and lower order. Malik is needed there; or bring Kamran down and bring Sharjeel up. Anywayz Pakistani don't have options in this tournament now and have to play with these guys. However, after this tournament Pakistan has too look into it to bring Fawad or another left hand middle order batsman such as Sami Aslam.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 13:00 GMT)

For God sake drop Malik he wasted our chance to cross 200 yesterday, he was playing like test match. And he made sure Afridii don't get many bolls

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 12:57 GMT)

I like Westindies i like chris gayle and i like Sammy very much.. From a Pakistan fan:p Now go greens go..:p Good luck Team Pakistan.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 12:51 GMT)

Pakistan team combination is good. shoaib malik is justifying his place by playing well against spinners. I have some reservation on sohail tanveer selection over bilwal Bhatti. he should play

Posted by itsqashi on (March 31, 2014, 12:49 GMT)

Cricket lover will enjoy this game. Cricket will be at its best on 1st April. It won`t be easy game both team are in good form. Any one`s performance that day will make a difference. Hafeez and Gul bowling will make difference if they able to perform well. Ajmal is always best like Narian.

Posted by JohnnyRook on (March 31, 2014, 12:48 GMT)

My money is on West Indies. Surprisingly, they are low on fast bowling stocks these days but they have better spinners (Narinine and Badree vs Ajmal) and more batting firepower (Gayle, Sammy, Smith, Bravo, Samuels, Russel vs Akmal brothers and Afridi). Ideally WI should win easily...

Posted by ICCexpert.... on (March 31, 2014, 12:28 GMT)

Hafeez doesnt have the guts to drop Malik, so Moin and Zaheer have to step in and take the bold decision. They are not doing justice with Sharjeel Khan.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 12:25 GMT)

i believe shoib malik should be left out and they could bring in sharjeel.khan up the order in place of kamran akmal while bilawal bhatti could sneak in place of shoib malik which will add depth in lower middle .Clearly kamran and shoib both have passed their prime and should make way for youngsters like bilawal and sharjeel who are future of this country.Furthermore, hafeez needs to blossom at the top order, hes been pretty ordinary and needs to score some runs to get his confidence back otherwise his place in the team can t be justified just through his bowling

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 12:21 GMT)

pakistan is going to win this one Insha Allah

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

I think pak should win .so that we could see the interesting final between ind and pak.

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

May the best team win, Good luck Pak team :) three more to go.

Posted by   on (March 31, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

ahhh will be a cracker ok now we need a win but hay not just one 3 games then we can get a big break pakistan my money on you go get them. on the other hand my best wishes for WI but not for this game hope u get more and more after this game for tomorrow game we need u to do some relax stuff thanks

Posted by tanveer131 on (March 31, 2014, 12:14 GMT)

Pak should drop malik. Anyone could be added, may be sharjeel or junaid as including him effective team members are 10. My choice will be sharjeel.

Posted by android_user on (March 31, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Pakistan will be win

Posted by espncricinfomobile on (March 31, 2014, 12:01 GMT)

Good luck team pakistan

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