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Four squad and four exciting fiction

Jun 17th, 2009 7:43:10 pm - Subscribe

Four teams, four intriguing tales, and one charge to the top. The battle to the top of the T20 World Cup planet starts at Trent Bridge on Thursday, when South Africa take on Pakistan in the first semifinal, with Sri Lanka try to get past the West Indies at the Oval a day later.

For the players, these semifinals provide an opportunity to bring a smile to their countrymen's faces, an opportunity to be almost part of their country's folklore. Cricket in Pakistan, post Lahore, has been reduced to a distant dream. The country has become the pariah in the international game, with no team keen on touring. While it is not hard to see why teams have adopted this hands-off strategy with Pakistan, the players have been bearing its brunt.

South Africa has always come in to major tournaments as hot favorites, often billed as a team that possesses everything. And yet, somehow, it just doesn't happen for the Proteas. 'Chokers' is a term that has been used liberally with them. It is undoubtedly a mental block, and a win in England would help this bunch, and possibly even the future, to get over it.

The West Indies' tale has a very different take to it. Led by the cool and carefree Chris Gayle, the players have often taken on the WICB over a sponsorship row, even threatening to sit out international games. Not one to be overly bothered after a defeat, after all they happen so regularly, the title of world champions could be the start of another strong period of Caribbean teams. But, then again, that's a long shot. Get all the T20 world cup 2009 Records in batting, top bowling performance, best fielding performance, most sixes in ICC 20-20, etc on Indyalive.
mood: triumphant
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