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ICC Cricket World Cup, 10th Match, Pool B: Pakistan v West Indies at Christchurch, Feb 21, 2015

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  1. Passionate Pakistani
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    Just over two hours, important match for both team as both have lost their opening match. Windies will be under more pressure as they lost to Ireland and will be in big trouble if they lose this one as well.

    Big picture

    This could have been the battle of the mystery spinners. The ICC's rankings list Saeed Ajmal as the No.1 one-day international bowler in the world, and Sunil Narine as No.2. But last year, the ICC cracked down on suspect bowling actions and neither Ajmal nor Narine is part of this World Cup. Pakistan and West Indies each having been shorn of their most effective bowler, they have also been stripped of confidence in the lead-up to the tournament.
    Take a look at the form guide below: there are more Ls than in a Welsh crossword puzzle. Pakistan have lost 11 of their past 13 ODIs and West Indies seven of their past eight. Before the World Cup began, most observers would have nominated either West Indies or Pakistan as the top-eight side most in danger of missing the quarter-finals. One game in, not much has changed: Pakistan were thrashed by India in Adelaide and West Indies lost to an Associate nation, Ireland, in Nelson.
    That has left Pakistan on the bottom of the Pool B table and West Indies second from the bottom. It is early, there is plenty of time remaining to ensure progression, but the situation is precarious for both sides. So, Saturday's match in Christchurch takes on extra significance. The losing team will find themselves even further down in the deep, dark trench that is the bottom of Pool B, with fewer and fewer chances to get their heads back above water.

    Form guide

    (last five matches, most recent first)
    Pakistan LLLLL
    West Indies LLWLL


    In the spotlight

    Younis Khan's skill and experience is a valuable asset for Pakistan, but it seemed a strange move to shift him against India to open the batting for just the third time in his 262-match ODI career. His 103 against New Zealand in the UAE in December stands as a Burj Khalifa compared to his low-rise one-day scores in the past two years. "Who doesn't go through a lean batting form, but using Younis as an opening batsman is an injustice to such a talented batsman," Javed Miandad said this week. "The top four batting spots are specialists' slots and those who are in form should raise their hands for it. If Younis has to be slotted in the playing XI, then he should come down the order when the ball gets a bit old."
    One of the most inexperienced captains in the tournament, Jason Holder has the challenge not only of leading a team full of older men but also ensuring his own form is up to scratch. Since taking over the ODI captaincy, he has taken only eight wickets at 41.37 from six games, while going at 6.49 an over. "It's not a burden on me," Holder said of the leadership. "I'm enjoying it at the moment, just trying to do my best for the team."

    Team news

    Guessing at Pakistan's XI and correct batting order is as hard as solving a Wheel of Fortunepuzzle with no letters showing. Younis is suddenly an opener, but will he stay there? Will they stick with Umar Akmal as wicketkeeper or get Sarfraz Ahmed back in? Will they persist with a spin-heavy attack after it failed against India? "You can't say after one game," Misbah said. "We are not panicking. We're just looking into all these matters very closely."
    Pakistan (possible) 1 Ahmed Shehzad, 2 Younis Khan, 3 Haris Sohail, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Sohaib Maqsood, 6 Umar Akmal (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Yasir Shah, 10 Sohail Khan, 11 Mohammad Irfan.
    West Indies were without spinner Sulieman Benn in the first game after he succumbed to back soreness, and allrounder Darren Sammy has also been battling a stiff back since the loss to Ireland. However, the captain Jason Holder indicated both men would likely be available. "We've gotten Benn to a stage where we think he's going to be a lot better off than in the first game against Ireland," Holder said. "Tomorrow we should have a full complement to choose from."
    West Indies (possible) 1 Dwayne Smith, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Denesh Ramdin (wk), 6 Lendl Simmons, 7 Darren Sammy, 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Kemar Roach, 10 Jerome Taylor, 11 Sulieman Benn.


    Pitch and conditions

    Hagley Oval proved good for batting in the first innings of the tournament opener last Saturday, when New Zealand made 331 against Sri Lanka. The forecast for Christchurch this Saturday is for a fine day and a top of 25C.

    Stats and trivia


    • Shahid Afridi is 30 runs away from 8000 in ODIs. He would be the 27th man to pass that milestone, and comfortably the slowest in terms of innings taken
    • Kemar Roach is two wickets away from 100 in ODIs
    • Since the previous World Cup, these teams have met in 11 ODIs for six Pakistan wins, four West Indies victories, and one tie


    Quotes

    "If we want to do well in this World Cup this is an important game, and both teams need to win."
    Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain


    "We can't let our defeats get us down. We lost the game against Ireland and it was a pretty tough loss, but if we get ourselves down it's hard to pick ourselves back up."
    Jason Holder , the West Indies captain

     
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    Form Guide of Pakistan

    LLLLL :rofl
     
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    Check Bangla
     
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    30 run match winning cameo by Afridi due today
     
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    Holding

    It could be a fantastic team or it could be a comedy of errors.
     
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    Afridi 7-12 repeat and fastest 50. First person with 400 wickets and 8k runs.
     
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    they won yesterday
     
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    Opposite of Pakistan. WWWWW
     
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    Guessing at Pakistan's XI and correct batting order is as hard as solving a Wheel of Fortune puzzle with no letters showing. Younis is suddenly an opener, but will he stay there? Will they stick with Umar Akmal as wicketkeeper or get Sarfraz Ahmed back in? Will they persist with a spin-heavy attack after it failed against India? "You can't say after one game," Misbah said. "We are not panicking. We're just looking into all these matters very closely."


    :lols :lols
     
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    If Pakistan lose this game God forbid then it will be too difficult to qualify for Knock out stage.
     
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    We will make it even if we lose this. Should beat Zimbabwe, Ireland and UAE.
     
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    What if Ireland also beat Zimbabwe & UAE and we lose to SA?
     
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    Then we should end up 4th and still make it through.
     
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    YK is dropped.
     
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    Won't get to know that before toss which is in an hour.
     
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    Hopefully somebody makes a century today.
     
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    No we will be equal in points with Ireland and it will come down to NRR and ours is very poor at this time. To keep our fate in our hands this game is a must to win.
     
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    West Indies won't make it through...
     
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    The big man will take out Gayle within the first 3 overs and then spinners will choke them in the middle. I hope the rumours are untrue and they keep Yasir Shah in the side as I think the West Indies will succumb to pressure when faced with Shah and Afridi.

    I'm leaning towards having a bowl first. I think we can comfortably restrict them to 240 and then tuk tuk our way to a victory ( saying this before seeing the pitch btw incase it comes back to haunt me)
     
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    If it happen then our prayers will finally be answered
     
  22. Donal Cozzie
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    Its very strange watching this for me. Us sitting high in 3rd and both these teams in the bottom.

    Its too close to call for me and a lot depends on your selection.

    Windies are useless but the danger is we may have given them the kick they needed to play well. Either way their batting is more capable of racking up huge totals than Pakistans IMO, which is too slow and reliant on freak Afridi innings.

    West Indies to win by 20-30 runs or 2-3 wickets. Pakistans bowling is weak IMO too, albeit Windies is much worse
     
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    240 should be very tough for us, Sri Lanka also only managed 233 on the same pitch.
     
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    chal nikal.
     
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    They were chasing 330 and faced with Southee etc.

    I'm predicting we will chase 240ish and have got lulloos like Sammy and Holder bowling.
     
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  27. Don Corleone
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    Have you ever backed us to win?
     
  28. KingOfDoosra
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    Not like we have Sangakkara and Dilshans either

    Besides, facing lulloo bowlers is our major weakness.
     
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    Not often, but its my honest view. Everyone hypes up Sarfraz/Umar/Shah yet they rarely perform consistently hence I dont rate them yet. When/if they do perform well consistently then I'll start backing Pakistan

    Pakistan should win it, but the team is in a mess lately. WI are more inconsistent but they will click in one game this tournament, this could be it
     
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    Lol Minnow getting ahead of himself.
     
  31. KingOfDoosra
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    Don't worry. We will still crush and destroy you.
     
  32. Donal Cozzie
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    Hardly. Ireland still wont make the QF's, I always give honest opinions. If I'm wrong I'm more than happy to admit it
     
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    Ireland is lucky Hafeez was dropped. This guy would've racked up 250 against their trundlers.
     
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    Pressure is on Pakistan with the current form.
     
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    He's an Indian.
     
  36. Rhythm
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    It's alright, brotha.
     
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    RAW agent.
     
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    This is the first stage in the 1992 winning strategy.

    First step is to become cornered.

    Second step is to become tigers.

    The first stage has been completed successfully MashAllah.
     
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    Should be a nail biter!
     
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    This brotha knows.
     
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