NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Netherlands and Canada will have been inspired by the example of Ireland’s stunning three-wicket win over England before taking on big guns themselves on Thursday in the World Cup.
South Africa’s impressive balance both in batting and bowling make them an overwhelming favorite against the Netherlands in Mohali, more so as the Dutch team seemed to have exhausted themselves after putting one good show in the tournament against England.
South Africa are expected to rest one of their three spinners and draft in left-arm pace bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe for the day match where the morning conditions and the relatively high bounce of the Mohali track favor the fast bowlers.
Across the border in Colombo, Pakistan take on Canada for what looks like a gross mis-match that would end giving the 1992 champions their third successive victory in the tournament.
Pakistan’s bowling and fielding have not been without flaws and against the north Americans, Shahid Afridi and his men have an opportunity to address the grey areas.
Canada remain winless in the World Cup since their 2003 victory against Bangladesh and considering their comprehensive defeats against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, their winless streak is unlikely to end on Thursday.
However, after the Irish successfully chased down 328 in Bangalore on Wednesday, no match can be considered a foregone conclusion here.
Editing by Pritha Sarkar