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Cricket fever is reaching its peak in the ongoing World Cup taking place in Australia and New Zealand.
So far, the rankings of Test playing cricketing nations have been fluctuating, and their positions on the points table are not clear enough – except for New Zealand – to claim a berth in the next, quarter final round.
Be it India-Pakistan on the cricket battlefield or Australia-England in the Ashes battle, there are moments when nations support their arch-rivals to win to have a better chance for their own team to qualify for the next round.
And this time it’s the Pakistanis hoping for Team India to outclass West Indies in Friday’s encounter in the Western Australia Cricket Ground in Perth.
In the aftermath of back-to-back wins by green shirts after two consecutive losses in the initial two games, Pakistan have tied up with the Caribbean and Irish teams in Pool B.
“We wish India win their match against West Indies tomorrow, which will increase the chances of Pakistan qualifying for the next round,” said Zubair Awan, a Sharjah-based cricket fan from Pakistan.
“Since India has one of the best batting line-ups, and is also going strong in the World Cup, there is a strong probability that the Men in Blue will prevail against the unpredictable Caribbean team,” he added.
Mohammed Akbar, a 55-year-old fan of the Green Shirts from India, hopes 1992 is repeated again in 2015.
“There is a rain forecast as well for the Pakistan-South Africa match, so the picture will only become clear after Pakistan have played their last game against Ireland on Sunday, March 15,” he noted.
So far, India remain unbeaten and top the table with 6 points after three consecutive wins in Pool B. South Africa is positioned second on the points table with 6 points after four games – three wins and one loss.
Going purely by team performances, India and South Africa seem to have virtually booked their berths (although there’s many a slip between the cup and lip) for the quarter finals while West Indies, Pakistan, Ireland and Zimbabwe have to win their remaining games to qualify for the next round.
The situation is bit clearer in Pool A where New Zealand have qualified while Sri Lanka and Australia will also most likely qualify for the Quarter Finals.
However, a tug of war is ongoing between Bangladesh and England for the fourth slot – with top four teams set to qualify for the quarter finals.
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