Here comes the second semi final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 between once again Pakistan vs New Zealand a famous fight. New Zealand will fight to win a semi final against Pakistan which they had done only once out of six times. And Pakistan will look to continue the history of winning against NZ in semi finals but remember they also lost against them in Champions Trophy.
But I am not usually much bothered by history, history is there to be changed, yes it has some pressure on teams specially NZ. But the factors which matter are current situation which is like this. Pakistan is favorite, bowling is their strong point but have some weak links in batting. Wanderer has been a paradise for bowlers so far specially in day night’s. New Zealand also have a very good bowling attack which is why they have done so well in last two matches on this ground. But Pakistan only played one match here against West Indies, their bowling was very good but batting faced some problems. NZ’s batting is also a weak link specially after Injuries to Jesse Ryder, all burden will be on BB McCullum and LRPL Taylor.
Pakistan also have some interesting team selection situations, will they go with M. Asif or not will they left Aamer behind or a spinner which is not likely to happen. Also Imran Nazir is fit so he might be in for Misbah. New Zealand also have a situation with Elliot who is fit again I guess.
So it looks like a bowling battle between these two. And if it is on the pitch used in last two matches it will be a low scoring tussle but it looks like it will be played on the pitch which was used in New Zealand and Sri Lanka match where NZ put 300 plus total, Sri Lanka was looking very good while chasing at a very good rate but they lost too much wickets too quick otherwise it could have been an amazing chase. Remember that match was a day match but semi final is day and night. So pitch condition will play an important role specially in toss decision.
So an exciting semi final is waiting as both teams are in good touch and are in eager to go through, both of them have the tendency to upset as well as provide upset. So it might be a total contrast to first semi final a one sided affair between Australia and England.
Thats it from lazy-maddy here as he is lazy and doesn’t have enough time, also match is going to start in 30 minutes and oh I have to update my fantasy team at Cricinfo and I am confused as usual about my Trump card as always and except Rickey Pointing none of my trump cards have performed yet 😦 , wish me luck this time. I am wishing luck to Pakistan.