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It's no surprise that India and Sri Lanka face off for the finals tomorrow. Everybody had predicted that it would be difficult for Pakistan to make the finals, and that is exactly what happened. A fine win against India notwithstanding, the team lacked bowling power, decisive leadership and their batting looked good because the conditions are completely loaded against the bowlers.

Full credit to India for beating Sri Lanka and qualifying for the finals. They looked a very good batting side on Thursday, and I was impressed with Mahendra Singh Dhoni'a composure during a pressure match. There were some voices of skepticism that suggested that Sri Lanka played under par because they wanted to play against India in the finals, but that is utter nonsense. A team that wants to lose does not score 309, and if they fielded a little below their best it was because the game was not a must-win one for them and quite often that does rob a team of some intensity. Such allegations take the sheen away from India's tremendous run chase, and from the fact that they chased down 300-plus totals twice in the tournament.

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