Dozens of fans streamed into and out of the venue, dhols beat out catchy, foot-tapping music, and cries of Pakistan jeetega and India jeetega rang out concurrently as rival patrons tried to out-scream each other.
The MCG ushered in the first marquee contest on Saturday of the World Cup when England was taken on by Australia. Much of the tension will likely be confined to the stands, although you may maybe have the ability to cut through the tension with a knife.
Out in the middle, India will try to protect a World Cup record that is proud while Misbah ul Haq’s men will relish the opportunity of producing history by becoming the very first Pakistani team to enroll a World Cup win over its cross-border neighbours. There is not a deficiency of context when Pakistan and India meet on the cricket field; the fascinating subplots as well as the period will add an entirely new dimension this time around as the protagonists storyline that early coup that can drive their charge through the Pool B draw.
Despite missing key personnel, Pakistan wears a formidable look , not least because Shahid Afridi has returned to the sort of big-hitting touch that earned him the sobriquet ‘Boom Boom’. Under Misbah, Pakistan has added steel and material to the ever-present dash and flamboyance. It is susceptible when the pressure is stacked on – Who isn’t? – However there’s a higher stability to this side than Pakistani teams of the past, partially also because of the return to the side of Younus Khan.
Effortless intimidation is fast becoming an Mohammad Irfan speciality. The towering left-arm paceman looms as the single largest threat in the Pakistani bowling group as he delivers the ball from over nine feet. Arm paceman should love pitches here in Australia that encourage rebound, and India’s batsmen might be in trouble if he is anywhere near 80% exact. How well India’s openers see off the Irfan risk with the brand new ball, and what type of platform they set for the volatile line-up to follow, will dictate what path India’s batting will chart at the Oval.
The batting is an area of problem for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s defending champions, who have just four men standing from the victorious group of 2011. Shikhar Dhawan has been in the wars, though he revealed in making a sparkling half century heartening signs against Australia at exactly the same place in the warm-up last Sunday. The focus will be on Virat Kohli, who’d a fairytale Test series that netted him four hundreds in as many games.
The Delhi pair, left-handed and right, can afford failure, because early wickets could compel even Dhoni, the free-streaming, nerveless Dhoni, to a conservative and more circumspect approach.
India’s batsmen must bat not only for their inexperienced bowlers, but also for themselves.
Enough of the theorising, though. The long delay will be over soon enough. The enterprising ad man might project this as Payback or Repeat? – for once, he might not be far from the truth.Watch Pakistan vs India HD Live Streaming 2015