Time to take potshots again

Imran regarded as Pakistan's best captain after he led them to the 1992 World Cup title said Pakistan needed to learn from the mistakes it made against India in that match.

When asked if he was surprised at Pakistan's resurgence since their opening defeat, the unorthodox seamer replied: "Not at all, anything can happen on any day". Their turnabout has been magnificent.

"We're playing good cricket".

I generally don't like national stereotypes but, having played with a number of them for my club side, I can attest there is something uniquely mercurial about Pakistani cricketers, who can fluctuate between excruciatingly frustrating and staggeringly brilliant in the blink of an eye.

On Sunday too, the Indian and Pakistani hockey teams play each other in the World League Semifinals just a little bit into the cricket game. While the match was not easy as the Indians fought to the bitter end some timely action by Inzamam-ul-Haq and a few others allowed Pakistan to win the game by 3 wickets. Obviously if you reach the finals you have to play some good cricket, and credit to them (Pakistan), they've turned things around for themselves really well. Bringing Kedar Jadhav worked really well in the game and India came out as a victor. The batsmen were looking good to make individual hundreds and get us to 320. "The ball also doesn't swing in cold weather and bowlers' hands get stiff so they find it hard to swing the ball", added Mahmood.

Mahmood said they have enough bench strength.

Kohli was undefeated again as India crushed Bangladesh by nine wickets in a commanding semi-final victory at Edgbaston - the venue where they won the 2013 Champions Trophy title - on Wednesday.

The duo was just immaculate with their timing and shot selection during the course of the partnership as they smashed the Bangladeshi bowlers to all the parts of the ground and hampered their confidence so and so that they could not never get the edge in the match.

Dhawan also surpassed former skipper Sourav Ganguly to become the highest scorer in the Champions Trophy.

Bringing on the slingy side-arm darts of Kedar Jadhav proved an inspired move as Bangladesh were restricted to 264-7 in 50 overs, with Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) both winkled out by the part-timer when well set. For Pakistan, there's only Shoaib Malik, the one constant in a team perpetually in flux.

Sharma was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant knock. So, on a personal note, I intend to define Pakistan's victory againstEngland in the semi-final as its sheer determination and aggression.

The defending champions will feel more relaxed when they take the field on Sunday as they have a physiological advantage over their neighbours.

Former star batsman Aamer Sohail has backtracked on his comments after his claim that the Pakistan team fixed matches at the ongoing Champions Trophy cricket tournament which drew widespread criticism across the country.

India beat Kenya by 4 wickets after defeating Bangladesh in the league stage of the Cola Cola Triangular Series in India in 1998.

  • Julie Sanders