Pakistan will tackle New Zealand within the first semifinal on the iconic Sydney Cricket Floor on Wednesday. Alternatively, Adelaide Oval will host the second semifinal between India and England on Thursday.
Former Pakistan pacer Abdur Rauf Khan, who performed three Assessments, 4 ODIs and one T20I for his nation between 2008 and 2009, feels Pakistan could have the higher hand towards New Zealand, whereas Rohit Sharma’s India will wrestle towards England. Rauf predicted a Pakistan vs England closing on November 13 on the Melbourne Cricket Floor.
Taking a look at their total file, Pakistan appear to have an edge over New Zealand.
The 2 groups have met 28 instances in T20Is, with New Zealand successful 11 matches and Pakistan registering a win on 17 events.
The final time the 2 international locations met was throughout the T20I Tri-Sequence (involving Pakistan, New Zealand and Bangladesh) closing in New Zealand, when Pakistan received the summit conflict by beating Kane Williamson’s males by 5 wickets.
Within the World Cups (ODI and T20I), Pakistan even have historical past backing them. New Zealand have misplaced all their earlier World Cup semifinals to Pakistan – ODI (1992, 1999) and T20I (2007).
Rauf feels Pakistan could have a simple journey within the semis this time as properly.
“Pakistan are stronger than New Zealand. They would be the favourites. I’m not saying New Zealand is a weak facet however Pakistan are stronger than them,” mentioned Rauf, speaking to TimesofIndia.com from Pakistan in an unique interview.
“Pakistan did not stand wherever forward of the semis. They misplaced essential (group) matches after which the Netherlands paved the best way for them (to have one other crack for a spot) within the semis. What a outstanding turnaround it has been for Pakistan on this World Cup! Pakistan followers had virtually given up hopes. The gamers had been additionally demoralised and dejected. However they’re refreshed and upbeat now, and all of us are cheering for them. I’m positive they may go on to win the title from right here,” he added.
‘ENGLAND FAVOURITES AGAINST INDIA’
Rauf has tagged the reigning 50-over world champions England as ‘favourites’ towards the 2007 T20 World Cup champions. India, beneath the management of MS Dhoni, received the inaugural version by beating Pakistan within the closing.
General, India and England have met 22 instances in T20Is. India have received 12 of these matches, whereas England have emerged victorious on 10 events.
Taking a look at their final 5 T20I conferences, India lead England 4-1.
“India vs England semifinal will likely be a tricky one. Will probably be powerful for India. England would be the favourites. They’ve selection of their batting and bowling as properly. England have a stronger facet than India. I’ll choose Liam Livingstone and Ben Stokes as game-changers for England towards India,” Rauf added throughout his dialog with Timesofindia.com.
“England have a balanced crew. India will likely be beneath stress.
“India should play actually good cricket. They rely closely on Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav. Different Indian batters, particularly Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, should rating runs within the semis. What if Virat and Suryakumar fail to attain runs? India will likely be in serious trouble. The openers want to provide a stable basis to the Indian crew, and England have to cease Suryakumar and Virat from going huge,” Rauf asserted.
INDIA vs PAKISTAN FINAL ON THE CARDS?
Followers and cricket pundits are predicting a blockbuster India vs Pakistan closing, however Rauf felt feelings ought to be stored apart and one of the best two groups ought to enter the summit conflict.
“Who does not need to see an India vs Pakistan closing? In truth, I need that too. Everybody needs that. The complete world would look ahead to it. However I do not see an India vs Pakistan closing occurring. If it occurs, it would have much more viewership than your entire FIFA World Cup,” Rauf added.
“However let’s face the truth and hold feelings apart. England is a tricky crew, so India should beat a tricky opponent to enter the ultimate.”