World T20: All eyes on India-Pakistan clash (Preview)

Published: March 20, 2014

Mirpur (Dhaka), March 20 (IANS) — India face arch-rivals Pakistan in the tournament proper of the ICC World Twenty20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Friday.

The two former champions meet at the same venue for the second time in a month. The last time they had a face-off here March 2 in the Asia Cup, Pakistan clinched a last-ball thriller thanks to Shahid Afridi’s unbeaten 18-ball 34.

The Indian team has had a tough past couple of months. Losses in South Africa, New Zealand and an early exit from the Asia Cup have compounded India’s miseries. The World T20 offers the Men in Blue a chance to get back to winnning ways.

India can take heart from the fact that they have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup, be it Twenty20 or 50-over format.

But Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez has started the mind games saying that Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return to the team doesn’t make any difference. Dhoni had skipped the Asia Cup owing to injury.

Dhoni had refrained from talking to the media in the past few days to stay away from the controversies back home due to the Indian Premier League (IPL) scandal but on the eve of the match Thursday admitted that bowling is an area of concern for his team.

“Bowling is an area of concern compared to batting. Getting off to a good start is important as it will help us get 10 to 15 runs more than the par-score. Our aim will be to do well in death bowling and also bat well and we will have a good chance (in the tournament),” Dhoni said.

India most likely will field five bowlers with leggie Amit Mishra being the third spinner. Pacers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar haven’t played much of T20 internationals but the experience in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will surely count.

What will boost the Indian team’s confidence is the return of Dhoni and the presence of Yuvraj Singh. The onus will be on Yuvraj, who has been dropped from both ODIs and Test side, to prove the selectors that he is still good enough to play at the highest level.

The opening pair remains a problem for India. While Shikhar Dhawan has been getting the runs, Rohit Sharma has hit a rough patch. Dhoni has been non-committal in sending Ajinkya Rahane up the order and said the team would adapt a wait and watch policy.

Pakistan will take confidence from Afridi pyrotechnics three weeks back here against India in Asia Cup. But Pakistan’s trump card will be off-spinner Saeed Ajmal, who has given most batsmen a hard time reading his variations.

Pakistan are also experienced than India in terms of T20 format. They are the most experienced Test playing nation in T20s, having played 78 matches in comparison to India’s 46.

However, India-Pakistan matches are beyond all numbers and calculations.

Teams (from):

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Ajinkya Rahane.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (wicketkeeper), Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Junaid Khan, Saaed Ajmal, Mohammad Talha, Sohaib Maqsood, Sohail Tanvir, Zulfiqar Babar, Bilawal Bhatti.

IANS 2014-03-20 20:00:04

[+]

Tags: , , ,



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

varsha

Ontario teen fighting superbugs with an assist from Indian home cooking

TOM SPEARS OTTAWA CITIZEN Like a lot of great discoveries, Varsha Jayasankar’s foray into how to kill superbugs with an extract from Indian food started…
Continue Reading »

File photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Low caste teen in India burnt alive after goats stray into neighbours’ field

CEN AGENCY A poor goat herder was burnt to death after greedy land owners doused him in petrol and set him ablaze because his goats…
Continue Reading »

Police are investigated a suspected murder in Surrey, B.C.

Police investigating suspected homicide in Surrey

SURREY NOW Police say an autopsy will be required to determine how Surrey’s 14th homicide of 2014 died. The body of the victim, a man…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Today in History – Oct. 21

Advance THE CANADIAN PRESS Today in History for Oct. 21: On this date: In 1555, Queen Mary of England launched a persecution campaign against Protestants…
Continue Reading »

B.C.’s LNG emissions’ law greenest, cleanest in the world: environment minister

By Dirk Meissner THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA – New legislation introduced in British Columbia requires liquefied-natural-gas plants to meet emission standards or face penalties and…
Continue Reading »

N.B.’s new premier to oilpatch: support for Energy East has not wavered

By Lauren Krugel THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – New Brunswick’s new premier said Monday he’s looking to assure Alberta’s oilpatch that even though the government…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Vancouver-BC-surrey

Most South Asians and Chinese in B.C. have faced discrimination based on ethnicity

A quarter reported experiencing moderate or significant amounts of discrimination DOUGLAS TODD VANCOUVER DESI  Stereotyping. Verbal harassment. Poor customer service. Workplace unfairness. Exclusion from dating….
Continue Reading »

MINOR ATACKED

False confession leads police to arrest new suspect in sexual assault of 9-year-old Surrey girl

FRANK LUBA VANCOUVER DESI A man who confessed to the sexual assault of a nine-year-old girl in Surrey has been released and a 28-year-old man…
Continue Reading »

Dilwali Fest

Diwali Fest kicks off with IndiGlam fashion-fusion show (w/ video)

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI It was a classic mother-daughter argument that propelled Surrey’s Raji Khaira into a career of fashion design. Khaira, 25, grew up…
Continue Reading »

Vancouver Desi

Canada Place caught the eye of man who builds models in chalk (w/gallery)

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI When Jagdeep Singh Bihal moved to Vancouver from India two years ago and did some sightseeing around the city,  it was…
Continue Reading »

SURREY-VANCOUVER-MUMBAI

Diwali organizer inspired by memories of Mumbai revelry

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Vancouver’s Rohit Chokhani can still recall his childhood in Mumbai when Indian streets would light up with fireworks and life would…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Desi boobs Sonakshi SInha

Sonakshi Sinha enjoyed Tamil film debut with Lingaa

IANS Chennai  – Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who is making her Tamil debut opposite superstar Rajinikanth in upcoming Tamil actioner Lingaa, says she thoroughly enjoyed working…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood

Irrfan Khan to head Abu Dhabi film fest jury

IANS New Delhi  – Acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan will preside over the Narrative Feature Competition Jury at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). The…
Continue Reading »

Rekha

Rekha’s TV presence has left tremendous impact: Indra Kumar

SUBHASH K. JHA IANS Mumbai  – Veteran actress Rekha, who has kept her distance from the small screen, has duly followed the current tradition of…
Continue Reading »