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Stuart Dalgleish 29th Mar 2011 - 21:19

India have reasons to be Afrid

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I think if any Indian would've planned out their perfect World Cup, it would've involved beating Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to win the tournament, and now they have the chance to do exactly that.

As co-hosts, the pressure is on India (4/7) to win, while Pakistan (11/8) can go about business as normal, although of course they too would have dreamed of beating their fierce rivals India and Sri Lanka to win the tournament.

It's fair to say that Pakistan have exceeded expectations this World Cup, there can be no denying that they're a solid outfit, but after the problems they've had over the last couple of years, reaching the semis can go down as an amazing achievement.

Think back to around this time last year, they had just come home from a dreadful tour of Australia where they lost nine games out of nine and their squad was squabbling, then they had the terrible time in England where players were getting banned and respect was being lost for the other members of the camp, not to mention the drubbings they received in the Test matches.

At last the passionate Pakistanis can be proud of their team, but they'd like to have a trophy to salute too when they return to Islamabad.

Sadly for them, I don't think they'll

 
 
 

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