Rs 2000 crore bet on India-Pak title clash

  • Rs 2000 crore bet on India-Pak title clash

Rs 2000 crore bet on India-Pak title clash

Pakistan's resurgence since their opening defeat by India has been something to see even allowing for their reputation as world cricket's most "unpredictable" team and Hasan insisted the pressure of playing India, the title-holders, in a final would not cause his side to retreat back into their shells.

"When you give two chances to batsmen like Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli they are not going to spare you and that is what happened", said Azhar of dropping Yuvraj on eight who went on to make 53 and letting off Kohli on 43 who made 81 not out as India piled up 319-3 in 48 overs". India have already beaten Pakistan in the ongoing tournament during the preliminary stage. The move by Virat Kohli instantly paid off as he snapped Bangladesh's highest run-getter Tamim Iqbal at the score of 70 in his second over.

"We played against England previous year, they got 440 against us but we beat them in Cardiff with good planning and the way the bowlers executed our plans".

Earlier, Sohail had said, "I just want to tell Sarfraz, you have done nothing special. They are ranked higher than us but I can tell you one thing - we have come to win".

As is Arthur's way when talking cricket, his summation of the past three games is honest, fair. and spot on. On the day you arrive, if you are not feeling well mentally, it doesn't matter whether you are 100 or whether you had a convincing victory.

When asked if he was surprised at Pakistan's resurgence since their opening defeat, the unorthodox seamer replied: "Not at all because cricket is a amusing game, anything can happen on any day". At the start, someone asked me who would be in the final, and I said Pakistan.

One of the keys to winning big games is each player being able to disregard all the outside distractions and focus on his role in the team.

"If you do something wrong we will say it and if you do something right we will appreciate it. Keep yourself settled or you wouldn't last for long". "We just want to enjoy the finals and we deserve to be there", the skipper had a calm confidence in his tone.

If Pakistan have not conceded a total of over 300 since the first game, the Indian team has never looked like scoring anything less.

"We need 10 good balls and take catches that come our way".

"Two months back we were fighting to qualify for the World Cup and now if we win this one, it will be a great boost for us. I had that confidence in my bowling that if a batsman tries to go for big shots, he will find it hard because of my variations in pace", he explained.

Ahead of Sunday's blockbuster, TOI Sports recaps some India v Pakistan classics. "Yeah, I am very impressed".

"The turnaround has been magnificent", said Kohli of Pakistan s march to the final.

As they have done many times before, however, Pakistan suddenly found their form with wins over top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka before delivering an outstanding all-round display to stun previously unbeaten hosts England in the semi-finals.