It may be only a warm up for the 2012 T20 World Cup but the rivalry between Pakistan and India will mean both teams players will be committed to winning at any cost. It could also be a match to work each other out as their is a possibility they could face each other at some stage in the tournament. India didn’t have a great match against Sri Lanka in their warm up with the blade and relied on Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni to get the job done late in their innings. Saeed Ajmal will be Pakistan’s most important bowler in the T20 World Cup as he will be assisted by the Sri Lankan pitches but he is also in lightning form.
Match Information :
September 17, Colombo
Starting Time: 1400 Local Time (0830 GMT Time)
Saeed Ajmal vs Virender Sehwag
Saeed Ajmal is in career best form and he will look to create a stir at the World Cup. He will also be benefited by the pitch as it is accustomed to spin bowling. Virender Sehwag will be a player aiming to prove a point at the T20 World Cup as he hasn’t been in the best of form and but he is in the format which will suit his play very well. This will be a huge test for Ajmal as India are quite strong on Sri Lankan soil and this could really break or make him for the tournament. Sehwag will be disappointed that he hasn’t been able to perform consistently for India in T20’s having averaged just over 22 in 15 innings with only 2 half centuries.
Pakistan Squad: Mohammed Hafeez (Captain)
Abdul Razzaq Asad Shafiq Imran Nazir Kamran Akmal Mohammed Sami Nasir Jamshed Raza Hasan Saeed Ajmal Shahid Afridi Shoaib Malik Sohail Tanvir Umar Akmal Umar Gul Yasir Arafat
India Squad: MS Dhoni (Captain)
Gautam Gambhir (Vice-Captain) Ravichandran Ashwin Lakshmipathy Balaji Piyush Chawla Ashok Dinda Harbhajan Singh Zaheer Khan Virat Kohli Irfan Pathan Suresh Raina Virender Sehwag Rohit Sharma Manoj Tiwary Yuvraj Singh