Thursday, July 03, 2008

Dhoni gives Pakistan a helping hand in Karachi

By John Cheeran
So I made money yesterday by betting on India to help Pakistan win and bring Asia Cup alive.
India’s weakness in bowling was put in sharp relief by Pakistan opener Salman Butt, and later by centurion Younis Khan.
So the theory has again gained credence that when pushed to a corner Pakistan fights back with venom. But the match in Karachi last night was nothing but a test of staying power at the crease.
Indian batsmen did their job, posting a 300-plus total. But then on tracks such as the one in Karachi, if you can pace your innings, scoring six runs per over is not a daunting task anymore.
Now Pakistan is into its best sport, prayers. They need quite a lot of it to ensure that they keep their last Super Four match against Bangladesh meaningful and leave the doors to the final ajar. Pakistan need Sri Lanka to beat India today so that it can sneak into final with more Super Four stage wins compared to India.
So what matters if coach Geoff Lawson stands clueless to handle the side?
What matters if there is a new captain for every other match?
Bet on Pakistan to win the Asia Cup.

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