Expectation is the mother of all problems. It causes people to nurture a dream, to believe in something that is considered absurd, to work towards something that seems ridiculous; but more often than not it makes people reel in disappointment. Sport just as life presents such disappointments too, but while it makes a few fall on their face, it also rises a few to high altitudes, those few who maybe haven’t ever experienced such excitement in life.
Bangladesh would be ecstatic on reaching their first ever ICC semi final, a dream that they had been nurturing ever since they arrived on the international scene, a dream that had given them a lot of grief over the years, but one that would be giving them the purest form of joy at this point.
Pakistan would be ecstatic too. A terror struck nation that finds solace in cricket has so often been frustrated because of the erratic nature of its team. But there is just something about Pakistan that makes then a huge threat in international tournaments. England would be foolish to write them off and would be expecting a tough and erratic fight from Pakistan today.
England have reached the semi finals using all their might. Everyone except Jason Roy has contributed in one form or another and they pretty much look the ideal ODI side at the moment. It would take a few moments of brilliance from Pakistan or a few moments of madness from England to make England crash out of the tournament.
India have been hot all through, except that middle period in the 2nd innings against Sri Lanka, when it all went south for them. They have been clicking as a unit at most times and are the 2nd most favoured side to win this tournament.
Let’s get to business now!
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