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    Sri Lanka and South Africa favourites for final..!!



    In keeping with a captivating tournament where sustained excellence has

    been consistently rewarded the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finalists have been

    the best teams in the competition.

    South Africa meet Pakistan in Nottingham on Thursday (1630) followed by Sri

    Lanka against West Indies at the Oval on Friday (1630). The final will be

    staged at Lord's on Sunday (1300).

    A Sri Lanka-Pakistan final would provide an emotional climax to the

    tournament following the armed attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in March.


    Captain Kumar Sangakkara was one of six Sri Lanka players wounded by a

    small group of heavily armed men who killed six Pakistani policemen and the

    driver of the bus carrying the match officials.

    The more likely outcome is an enticing clash of cultures and styles between

    the innovative and intelligent Sri Lankans and the rigorously drilled and athletic South Africans.

    After grinding their way to a narrow victory over New Zealand in the first

    round, South Africa have gone from strength to strength.


    They cover all bases in attack and defence with high pace from Dale Steyn

    and Wayne Parnell, effective spin from Johan Botha and Roelof van der

    Merwe, sharp fielding and lengthy batting headed by Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis.

    Kallis epitomises the team's ambition and spirit. Derided as too conservative

    for one-day cricket, he has proven an effective opening partner for captain

    Smith and at 34 he is bowling with the zest of a man 10 years younger.

    Sri Lanka, as they did in the 50-over game at the 1996 World Cup, are setting the pace in Twenty20 cricket.




    BEWILDERING VARIETY



    Lacking power hitters, once thought essential, they have compensated with

    artistry and invention. Leading the charge are Tiilakaratne Dilshan with the

    scoop shot over his head and Mahela Jayawardena, who has discovered a

    bewildering variety of ways to score runs including a reverse sweep with the back of his bat.


    Their bowling is equally effective. Lasith Malinga has demonstrated a masterly

    command of bouncers, yorkers and change of pace and Muttiah Muralitharan

    and Ajantha Mendis both contain and attack with their unorthodox spin.

    Pakistan, the most mercurial team in world cricket, have improved dramatically since losing to England in the first round.


    Their strength lies in the bowling where Umar Gul destroyed New Zealand

    with reverse swing. Shahid Afridi's batting has fallen off but his brisk leg-spin

    has been a constant danger backed up by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and his dangerous doosra.


    West Indies look the most fallible of the semi-finalists but, after losing two

    tests and two one-day internationals to England last month, they feel they have the most to prove.

    If the sun shines and their supporters continue to turn out in force they have

    the talent in Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Fidel Edwards to emulate their

    heady Lord's triumphs of 1975 and 1979 in the first two one-day World Cups.


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    Pakistan And westindies Are Also Fav At my point of view
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    They are the only unbeaten teams so far in tournament!
    pakis won't be a challange for SA! AFAIK!

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    Its gonna be Pakistan vs Sri lanka final i am telling u all before the seminfinals.
    No matter which team has never lost or which team is weak....pakistan is i think going to be in the finals.
    Sri Lanka is favorite for world cup.

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    againts all odds im going for Pakistan and westindies for the final showdown..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaaanu__baaaba View Post
    againts all odds im going for Pakistan and westindies for the final showdown..
    godspeed dude! lol

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    Pakistan Will WIN this cup.. Great match against the S.Africans

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    u were sayin ,...........




    Quote Originally Posted by desper View Post
    They are the only unbeaten teams so far in tournament!
    pakis won't be a challange for SA! AFAIK!

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    Pak v SA, ICC World T20, 1st semi-final, Trent Bridge

    Afridi on song as Pakistan enter final










    The South African juggernaut was brought to a screeching halt by Shahid Afridi who, with a little help from his team-mates, dumped the tournament favourites out of the World Twenty20 and secured Pakistan's place in the final. Afridi put in an all-round performance of tremendous intensity, lifting Pakistan to a defendable total with an aggressive yet methodical half-century, before bowling a spell that left the South Africans winded at Trent Bridge.

    The clinical South African side, unbeaten in the competition, were favourites going in to the semi-final and their bowlers fought admirably to restrict Pakistan to 149 when, at one stage a total of 170 seemed on the cards. With the exception of Jacques Kallis, though, their batsmen failed to give the chase any sort of direction. They were suffocated by Afridi and the offspinner Saeed Ajmal and their inability to score enough runs during the middle overs left them with too much to do against the pinpoint accuracy of Umar Gul's yorkers.

    South Africa had reached 40 for 0 in the sixth over when Mohammad Aamer gave Pakistan an opening, holding a skier of Graeme Smith off his own bowling, minutes after the South African captain had been dropped by Gul.

    Afridi, high on confidence after his innings, came into the attack in the seventh over but was immediately driven by Herschelle Gibbs to the cover boundary. That was as bad as his evening got. He bounced back, bowling Herschelle Gibbs with a straight and quick delivery and, an over later, he got AB de Villiers the same way. South Africa were 50 for 3 and struggling.

    Kallis and JP Duminy prevented the fall of any more wickets but they were unable to raise the run-rate. Afridi got the ball to turn, bounce and hurry on the batsmen and finished with 2 for 16 while Saeed Ajmal, the offspinner, was also difficult to score off because of his variations.

    The situation was perfect for Umar Gul to do what he does best, hit the blockhole. After an indifferent first over from the Radcliffe Road end, he ran in from the pavilion and fired in yorker after yorker. It didn't matter who was batting, those deliveries were impossible to hit. Duminy and Kallis could not get the ball off the square. It was Ajmal who struck the decisive blow when he had Kallis caught on the long-on boundary, realistically ending South Africa's chances. They needed 26 off the last over, a responsibility Younis Khan handed to the 17-year-old Aamer, who had bowled three overs for 15. He gave only 15 more, and sent Trent Bridge into raptures.

    Pakistan coach's Intikhab Alam had said on the eve of the game that his team would be look to set a target of around 150. Pakistan got exactly that after an innings which followed a strangely symmetric pattern. They dominated the first five overs, scoring 43, while South Africa fought back between overs five and ten to keep Pakistan to 68 for 2. Pakistan once again controlled the game between overs 11 and 15, reaching 120 for 3, but South Africa conceded only 29 off the last five overs.

    Pakistan's early dominance was due to Akmal, who was intent on smashing the ball from the start. He cut Dale Steyn twice for four in the first over and lofted him cleanly over long-off in the third. In between, he crashed Wayne Parnell to the midwicket boundary and raced to 23 off 11 balls before top-edging a pull off Steyn to mid-on.

    Pakistan had raced to 47 for 2 after six overs, with Afridi pulling Jacques Kallis twice through midwicket but South Africa then cut off the boundary supply. Afridi and Shoaib Malik didn't hit a boundary for 30 balls before Afridi slogged Roelof van der Merwe through midwicket. He cut loose against Johan Botha, making room to loft the offspinner thrice in a row to the cover boundary before unveiling a delectable late-cut to snatch 18 off the over. The 50-partnership had come up off 49 balls but Pakistan had begun to accelerate, with Afridi placing the ball into gaps consistently, plucking twos.

    South Africa desperately needed Afridi's wicket and it was given to them by JP Duminy, who struck with his first ball. He tried to slog sweep and skied the ball straight to AB de Villiers at midwicket who took a vital catch with ease. South Africa celebrated the wicket with more relief than joy.

    Malik had played a more subdued, anchoring role until then, but began to step up, scoring his first boundary - a sweep off van der Merwe - off his 31st ball. He soon added another, hitting Duminy over extra cover, but eventually holed out to long-off. Younis and Abdul Razzaq were two new batsmen at the crease and Parnell and Steyn bowled with extreme accuracy to deny them loose deliveries at the death.

    A target of 150 appeared less than what Pakistan were on course to get when Afridi was at the crease. Afridi, though, bowled with tenacity to ensure that it was enough.
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