Pakistan vs South Africa 1st Semi Final – ICC World Twenty20, 2009 Match Preview
The Battle of The Middle Order
For South Africa – It’s all about how their batsmen combat the pak spinners, The worrying point for them is that except for AB, Kallis & Gibbs none of the other batsmen have fired in this tournament. that can cause a worry to them especially if AB & Gibbs fall early! but its the same for Pakistan – barring their captain Younis Khan – The Rest of their batting lineup are yet to fire – Tonight will be the Ultimate Test of Temperament for the batsmen of both the sides!
For Pakistan to Win This Match – They need to get rid of A.B Devilliers & Gibbs early & keep the middle order in check courtesy the spinners – Afridi & Ajmal & South Africa can get in a soup! The Key will be whichever side’s Batting clicks today will win the game coz both Pakistan & South Africa have a very strong Bowling Attack especially Pakistan in the middle overs coz of the great wicket taking abilities shown by Afridi, Ajmal & Gul in this tournament so far.
High time that Malik & Misbah pull up their socks & provide solid contributions coz tonight Pakistan will need it from them to give us a great chance of making it into the Finals, Same Saying goes for Smith, JP Duminy & Albie Morkel.
The Battle of The Middle Order Will Decide The Winner of the 1st Semi Final.
My Take For Both The Teams – Win The Toss & Bat First coz – I don’t think either team has the batting to chase down a total, while both have the bowling to defend any kind of score.
Odds – Pakistan 3/5, South Africa 4/5