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Indian batting vs. Pakistani bowling crux of WC semi-final clash: Mudassar

March 29, 2011 - Islamabad

The crunch of Wednesday's Indo-Pak World Cup semi-final match lies in the Indian batting versus Pakistani bowling, former Pakistan opening batsman and cricket expert Mudassar Nazar has said.

"Pakistan's main strength has been their bowling - we can see that no 100s and few 50s have been scored by the Pakistani batsmen," quoted Mudassar, as saying.

"The only problem against India is that their batting may not be as susceptible to spin - that's where the whole crunch lies- Indian batting versus Pakistani bowling," he added.

Mudassar said whichever team gets to bat first "will have an advantage."

"Pakistan would certainly want to bat first and put pressure on India with their spin bowling. If Sehwag survives the early overs of Umar Gul then there is a chance that he will take the game away from Pakistan, and so can the Little Master [Sachin Tendulkar], of course," he added.

Mudassar, who represented his country in 76 Tests and 122 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), said Pakistan could do some early damage if they bowl in the second innings and there is grass on the pitch.

"Or it could be vice versa - India could do some damage with the new ball too!" he pointed out.

About Pakistani fielding, Mudassar stated: "I know it's comical to say that, but Pakistani fielding is currently better than India - that's the fact!"

"So Pakistan has an edge over India in two departments - an edge in fielding, and quite a big edge bowling. That's how I see the whole thing," he added.


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