India Vs Pakistan : The Indian team takes on arch rivals Pakistan in the semi- finals of the ICC World cup 2011.The Indian team got a big boost by the presence of Mike Horn, the high-profile adventurer and motivational guru whose pep talks are said to do wonders to the team’s confidence.
Further just before the training session, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kirsten and bowling coach Eric Simmons and curator Daljit Singh walked up to the pitch and had a long, hard look at it.
Indian team management wanted to know the nature of the wicket and were satisfied when they were told that he pitch was expected give the same results as it did in the other two World Cup matches. MS Doni, the Indian captain was assured by the curator that the batting side would be able to produce at least 270 to 300 runs on that wicket.
According to sources, a significant worry was the dew factor in the evening. They were told that there could be dew on the wicket during the second innings of the day-night match. To reduce the effect, the groundsmen might stop watering the pitch in the last couple of days,” he added.
Later, team India had a long training session. Outside the stadium, fans were cheering for their heroes. India has defeated Pakistan in all the games played at any World Cup.