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Do or die for both Pakistan and West Indies in battle of spinners

Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - 5:56am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

  • Darren Sammy cools down with coconut water after training on Monday AFP

With India having already sealed the semifinal berth even before their last league match, the second semifinalist from Group 2 will be determined on Tuesday. The winner of the West Indies-Pakistan match will advance as the second team into the last four.

There are no favourites here. Both suffered defeats at the hands of table topper India. They defeated the same opponents, Bangladesh and Australia.
Although bought the teams have some big hitters in their respective sides, the real contest will be between the spinners.

West Indies has the best of the spinners in the unorthodox Sunil Narine and leg-spinner Samuel Badree while Pakistan tweakers comprise off-spinners Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Hafeez, left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar and leg-spinner Shahid Afridi.

West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, who starred in his team's win against Australia with a 13-ball 34, was positive of his team advancing.

On the eve of the match on Monday, Sammy said: "Yes, they've got all their spinners. But we've got Nos. 1 and 2 in our dressing room. They've got to plan to bowl to our batsmen and face our bowlers as well. Over the last two days, we've been practicing the way we want to go out and play. They've got some quality spinners, which we are aware of. But they are not unplayable. In this format of the game, you respect your opposition, but at the end of the day we've shown that on any given day the best bowler can go for many runs," Sammy said.

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