Get ready for an explosive battle as India and Pakistan compete for a place in the World Cup final.
Start time: 09.00
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Chandigarh
India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel.
Yusuf Pathan is likely to get the nod ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin because Pathan’s potential to hit a big score in the middle-to-lower will be key on a batsman’s paradise.
Pakistan: Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Abdul Razzaq, Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal.
Expect the same XI that destroyed the West Indies.
India will expect a big score from any of Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambhir, Singh, Dhoni or Kohli. Even Pathan can be expected to deliver an innings reminiscent of his match-winning 123 off 96 balls against New Zealand in December.
India hold the mental edge heading into their fifth World Cup match against their sub-continent neighbours, having won all four previous clashes.
But Pakistan have beaten India the two times these countries met on this ground in the ODI format – in 1999 and 2007 – with the most recent fixture seeing Pakistan chase down India’s total of 321 to win with one ball to spare.
Pakistan’s bowlers have a mammoth task before them, but Gul, Riaz, Razzaq and Afridi have the potential to restrict the power hitting in the Indian top-order.
Plenty of runs, plenty of noise, plenty of drama. India to march on.
Virender Sehwag – A proven big-stage performer, Sehwag can not only score runs but belt the cover off the ball to make batting easier for the stars to come in behind him. Sehwag averages 40-plus in World Cup matches with a strike rate of 104.95 – an ominous statistic for the Pakistan strike bowlers.
Shahid Afridi – Batsman, bowler, captain, talisman. There is very little that Afridi does not do in the Pakistan shirt and his team will be depending on him to produce the goods once more. He has taken 21 wickets (@10.71) and will need to add to this tally to restrict a strong Indian batting line-up.