The super semi-final: India vs Pakistan

Updated: 25 March 2011 11:03 IST

India have set a semi final date with Pakistan on March 30 at Mohali. India ousted defending champions Australia after beating them by 5 wickets in the 2nd quarter final at Ahmedabad.

The super semi-final: India vs Pakistan
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India have set a semi final date with Pakistan on March 30 at Mohali. India ousted defending champions Australia after beating them by 5 wickets in the 2nd quarter-final at Ahmedabad.

Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi on Wednesday said that his team were unnerved by the prospect of playing India, whom they have never beaten in the World Cup, in the semi final in Mohali.

"If we happen to clash with India, we won't lack crowd support because (Pakistani) people will come from across the border to watch the match in Mohali," Afridi told MiD DAY.

 

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Pakistan booked their semi-final berth by crushing the West Indies by 10-wickets in the first quarter final on Wednesday.

India have a 4-0 head-to-head record against Pakistan in World Cup matches but Shahid Afridi was confident of turning the tables. "India maybe the world's best team but we are capable of beating them," he said.

"This (Pakistani) side has a lot of focus. Today we achieved our first objective of winning the quarter final. The second objective is (winning) the semi-final. We are taking one step at a time."

Afridi took heart from the fact that the PCA stadium in Mohali had been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan. "Mohali has been good for us. In 2007-08, we won chasing a 300-plus target. In 2005, Kamran Akmal and Abdur Razzaq helped us draw a Test which we could have lost," he said.

Afridi contributed to the huge win over the West Indies, bagging fours wickets for 30 runs off 9.3 overs to consolidate his position as the tournament's leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets. The West Indies were bundled out for 112, their third lowest World Cup total, with more than six overs remaining. Off spinner Mohammad Hafeez, who shared the new ball with Umar Gul, picked two wickets in four balls and then made made 61 off 64 balls to lead the successful chase.

Topics : Cricket Australia India New Zealand ICC World Cup, 2011 Pakistan
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