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ICC World T20: India to play against arch-rivals Pakistan in Mirpur


India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said they will have to stress on bowling well at the death overs and hopes that the batsmen can give the bowlers a more than par score on the board.

India will face arch-rival team on their ICC World T20 campaign against Pakistan in Mirpur on Friday (21st Mar 2014).

“Bowling is an area of concern compared to batting. Getting off to a good start is important as it will help us get 10 to 15 runs more than the par-score. Our aim will be to do well in death bowling and also bat well and we will have a good chance (in the tournament),” MS Dhoni stated on the eve of the opening group league match.

The Indian skipper said bowlers like Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar do not have much experience playing T20 Internationals but hopefully the IPL experience will certainly help them.

“Agreed they haven’t played a lot of T20 International cricket but the experience in IPL will help them a lot.

We would want the bowlers to get one or two wickets with the new ball, their job will be much easier,” he said.

The improved performances of both Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina was appreciated by Dhoni but he was non-committal on sending Ajinkya Rahane up the order.

“Overall, we have achieved a lot during the two practice games. The idea was to give the guys some fair time in the middle. Yuvi and Raina contributed in bowling.”

About Rahane opening, he said, “That’s under consideration. You will have to wait and watch.”

The captain agreed that company of a few sincere all-rounders in the Pakistan team would help the team from Pakistan.

“Playing proper all-rounders always adds to the strength of a side. If you have players who are equally capable with bat and ball, one can play more than five bowlers and still have the same batting strength,” the Indian captain opined.

Among the rival bowlers, pacer Umar Gul and wily spinner Saeed Ajmal came in for special praise from the Indian

“Umar Gul is a fantastic bowler. I remember during the 2007 ICC World T20, he would be introduced in the 11th or 12th over and bowl till the end. Having said that, they have other fast bowlers also, who are equally dangerous.”

MS Dhoni agreed that it quite a task to score freely against mystery spinner Saeed Ajmal.

“Ajmal is a bowler against whom you can never score freely. It’s also the manner how they have used him (Ajmal) to stop batsmen from scoring runs in the slog overs. They gave him an over in the first six (Powerplay) and then couple of overs in the middle. If you see on an average, all countries have had difficulties in facing Ajmal,” MS Dhoni explained.

The very first match being with Pakistan, with subsequent matches with West Indies and Australia in the group has made it a lot tougher for the team and skipper Dhoni wants to win each and every game in order to ensure a smooth passage to the last four.

“We have to do well in each and every match. If you look at the last World T20 in Sri Lanka, we lost one match (vs Australia) and were knocked out of the tournament. It is a tough group. Also you have to realize that in this format, the difference between a good team and a not so good team is very less. I believe even they have the talent to upset big sides. It depends on what kind of cricket you play on that particular day,” he added.

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Comment by Manisha Surange on March 21, 2014 at 23:49

India WON the match :D Yippieee must say..Well played Pakistan!

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