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Pakistan V West Indies 2011 Cricket World Cup: Match Preview

The competition finally gets serious with Pakistan and West Indies both desperate for a place in the semi-finals.

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Start time: 09.00

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Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Team News

Pakistan: Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdur Rehman, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz.

After beating the reigning champions Australia, Pakistan will not change a winning formula.

West Indies: Devon Smith, Chris Gayle, Darren Bravo, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Devon Thomas, Darren Sammy, Andre Russell, Kemar Roach, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul.

Gayle returns for the knockout final, and can deliver a knockout blow. Paceman Roach comes in for spinner Sulieman Benn on the flat pitch in Dhaka.

Prediction

West Indies have struggled against the Test playing nations but have played before at this ground, possibly gaining them an advantage.

Pakistan’s batting depth is a their main weapon and the likes of Afridi and Razzaq could puinish a light-weight bowling attack.

West Indies to scrape home after a match-winning display from Pollard.

Key Men

Devendra Bishoo – The leg spinner will be key in controlling the Pakistan run-rate and taming their dangerous middle order.

Misbah-ul-Haq – After a fine start his form has dropped but expect it to resurface as his average of over 40 suggests.

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