The stage is set; Lush, bloodthirsty arena of Premadasa Stadium is waiting for its Gladiators desperately. Its not less than a battle,, a battle to be fought in a much noble way with not-so-deadly weapons but hearts full of rage and destined to tear apart the enemy line up.
Yes, it’s the first semi-final of T20 World cup 2012, to be played between the home ground favored Sri Lanka and the unexpected Green Squad, Pakistan.
Indeed a heart break moment for one of the teams in the end but what critics expect is an electrifying nail biting display of cricket by both teams.
Talking about the comparison of both teams, Lankans have the upper hand with complete set of players specialized in every field and coming up with improved performance in every match while on the other hand the inconsistent Pakistan lineup is still facing difficulties in opening pair of bowling and batting.
Recently the young, talented Raza Hasan has proved his capabilities in past matches, especially against India and Australia. But the famed T20 specialist Umer Gul has yet to prove himself in bowling while the stardom of Shahid Khan Afridi has turned gloomy in this tournament and is out of form in both batting and bowling.
Having the edge of home crowd over opponents puts an immense pressure but Pakistani squad have forgotten the smell of their motherland especially new comers who have started their International career on International grounds and proved themselves well while staying remote from home.
Talking about the comparison and match difference makers, Malinga, Mathews and Mendis will be the key bowlers for Sri-Lanka while in the batting lineup Dilshan, Sangakara will be biggest threat for Pakistani bowlers. While from the Pakistan perspective, Raza Hasan will be the difference maker and Umer Gull will and should have to support him from the other end, while the Father of “Doosra” will be major threat for Sri Lankans.
Confidence level of both captains, Hafeez and Jayawerdana is touching sky but in the end, one has to leave for home with heavy heart while other prepares again for the “Big Game”.