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Tuesday, April 18, 2006


The teams most likely to play for the DLF Cup First ODI are :
India - Rahul Dravid, Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, +MS Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Sreesanth.

I would guess that Kaif, Munaf Patel, Venugopal Rao, Rudra Pratap Singh would warm the benches for the first match atleast. This XI gives a very solid look to the batting as well as gives the option to bowl 5 bowlers (3 seam + 2 spin).

Pakistan - Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, +Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Mohammad Asif, Iftikhar Anjum, Naved-ul-Hasan.

Looks like the Pakis dont have a choice really. Faisal Iqbal can not make it to the team except in cases of injury. Danish Kaneria seems to be not present in the contention for a ODI place at all, in terms of the Pakistan team management. Abdur Rehman is a unknown entity (being a spinner and this match against the Indians, Woolmer and Inzy would be fools to play him). Indians will be happy if the Pakistan team plays the same batting order that makes Younis Khan and Inzy come lower in the lineup. That will be ideal!!!

Let the Games begin!!!
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