Its time guys, it is almost time, just 40 minutes more and you will start to witness most probably the ODI of the year 2009 Pakistan vs India , 26th September, ICC Champions Trophy 2009.
So let me do a little analysis quickly before it starts.
Indian team is a very balanced team on paper and has all the fire power specially in batting, yet they will miss their two top guns Yuvraj and Sehwag so they will look for Sachin and Dravid to make some runs for them in top order. Probably Sachin will open for them with Ghambir who is back from injury.
India has some problem in bowling specially missing Zaheer Khan but yet they have some good bowlers. They have to rely on at least one part-time bowler. Sachin did well against Pakistan in past with bowl, they have Raina too as a part timer.
Pakistan is also a pretty good balanced team. Top order is explosive but it has to stay for a while on pitch to ease out the pressure on middle order. Then middle order have to chip in and take them to a reasonable total as they have just won the toss and elected to bat first which is a good thing for Pakistan according to conditions. Some fire power is present in late middle order.
Pakistan bowling is their strong point. They have good attack with Aamer doing very well. Umar Gul and Rana Naveed will support him with new ball also in depth Umar Gul is very good and accurate. Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi will be key bowlers on this pitch which already support spinner Mendis and van de Merwa.
So now Pakistan need to put some decent total on board and then their bowler have to do their job and contain them.
What will Happen
Well its very hard to tell,very hard. But with being emotional I will give a little more favor to Pakistan, why? They have already played a match in ICCCT 2009 and won it, they also won both warm up matches. They also won the toss and elected to bat first which is also an advantage on this pitch in Centurion.
But don’t forget India is a very good team and they are doing pretty well recently. So they will give it a their 100% and it will be a cracking battle. So lets not waste any more time and get ready for match which is going to start in minutes now.
Enjoy the battle of the year (Probably)!