Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Facts and figures relating to the World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan

Facts and figures relating to the World Cup semifinal between India and Pakistan slated to be held at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Wednesday.

Head-to-head record: Pakistan lead 69-46 (NR: 4)

In the World Cups: India lead 4-0

In the sub-continent: Pakistan lead 34-25 (NR: 3)

Results in last five head-to-head ODIs: 14 Jun 2008: Pakistan won by 25 runs at Dhaka 26 Jun 2008: India won by six wickets at Karachi 2 Jul 2008: Pakistan won by eight wickets at Karachi 26 Sept 2009: Pakistan won by 54 runs at Centurion 19 Jun 2010: India won by three wickets at Dambulla

* India have won all four times they have played Pakistan in the World Cups, consecutively between 1992 and 2003

* At the Punjab Cricket Association, Mohali, Pakistan lead 2-0 having won both their games in April 1999 and Nov 2007

* Pakistan (WWWLWWW) not only topped Group A but also beat West Indies by 10 wickets in the quarter-finals

* Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi leads the wickets tally with 21 wickets at an economy rate of 3.48. Umar Gul, with 14 wickets/3.86 economy, is one of the leading pace bowlers in the tournament. Part-time spinner Mohammed Hafeez has seven wickets.

* Pakistan batting has been brittle and they do not have a player among the tournament's top 25 run scorers.

* Umar Akmal (211 runs) is their leading run getter, and more will be expected from the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq (192 runs), Kamran Akmal (188 runs), Younus Khan and Mohammed Hafeez (172 runs apiece).

* Pakistan has taken the least number of catches (23) among the semifinalists and they will be looking to take the chances created by the bowlers, in the field and behind the stumps.

* India (WWLWWTW) stormed into the semifinals, stopping Australia in their tracks in the quarters. They were beaten by South Africa, escaped with a tie against England and less than convincing wins against Netherlands and Ireland.

* India have a very strong top and middle order with Sachin Tendulkar (379 runs), Virender Sehwag (342 runs) and four-time man-of-the-match Yuvraj Singh (341 runs) within the top 10 scorers in the tournament.

* The bowling, despite the spearhead Zaheer Khan's stellar performance (17 wickets), has been lacking teeth. None of the other frontline bowlers have had much impact. Yuvraj Singh (11 wickets) has compensated with his left-arm spin.


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