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World T20, 2nd Semi-Final

India vs West Indies

at Mumbai, Mar 31, 2016
West Indies 196/3 beat India 192/2 by 7 wickets

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One of the most recognisable figures in cricket, Inzamam has more than a decade of international experience and remains one of the finest batsmen around. He has a Test average in excess of 50, including 22 centuries, and is rated by ex-Pakistan skipper Imran Khan as the best batsman in the world against pace. As captain, he is trying to foster a new sense of team spirit as well as consistency under coach Bob Woolmer. He is a great slip catcher but renowned as a poor runner between the wickets.
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Asim Kamal

Kamal is a determined, gritty left-hander who brings resilience to a Pakistan batting order which can sometimes be brittle.
He has yet to score a Test hundred but made 99 against South Africa in his first Test, and he averages a shade under 40 after 11 matches. Kamal is not renowned for his strokeplay and tends to get most of his runs with nudges and deflections. He impressed against India and his safe hands in the gully also came in useful.
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Arshad Khan

A tall off-spinner, Arshad Khan has been used far more as a containing bowler in one-day internationals than as a strike bowler in Tests.
He was initially picked to play against the West Indies in 1997-98 and a year later his 5-38 helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka in the Asian Test Championship. Arshad played just one Test in the 2000 series at home to England before being replaced by Danish Kaneria. But the demised of Saqlain Mushtaq has given him further chances now.
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Danish Kaneria

Pakistan's no.1 spinner is a burgeoning talent who is rapidly turning into a key match-winner with his leg-breaks.
Still young, he already has 11 five-wicket hauls to his name in Tests, two of them having come in victories in Lahore, venue of the final Test. His batting is no great shakes but his fielding is improving, as is his general experience thanks to a contract with county side Essex. Kaneria recently became a father and is the only Hindu in the side.
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Hasan Raza

Raza was handed a Test debut at the tender, but debated, age of 14.
But his recall into the Test squad comes after just a small handful of appearances at international level at isolated moments in his career. He has often performed well in domestic cricket, and for Pakistan A, but middle order batting is one area where the national side are already well served. He may well have to rely on a loss of form or an injury from someone else to re-assert his claims.
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Kamran Akmal

A first-class cricketer since the age of 15, Akmal now appears to have seen off former skippers Moin Khan and Rashid Latif for the keeper's role.
He is also an improving batsman and saved Pakistan from defeat by India in March with an innings of 109 at Mohali. Akmal often goes in first in one-day cricket when he is given licence to try and exploit the fielding restrictions. It certainly paid off against West Indies in Brisbane at the start of the year when he made 124 off 125 balls.
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Mohammad Sami

Sami made a fine start to his Test career with eight wickets on debut against New Zealand in 2000/01.
He consistently bowls around the 90mph mark but despite being able to use both conventional and reverse swing his career has not progressed as expected. His Test average is a poor 47, and after taking five wickets in only his second innings in Test cricket he has only managed the feat once more. However, he is slippery and could well be a threat in home conditions.
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Mohammad Yousuf

Only four batsmen have scored more Test runs for Pakistan than the man formerly called Yousuf Youhana, whose conversion to Islam was confirmed recently.
He has a Test average in the high 40s and is able to vary his approach depending on the match situation. Yousuf hit two Test centuries in the 2000 series against England but was unable to save them from a 1-0 defeat. A quick runner between the wickets, he once made a 68-ball century in a one-day international against Zimbabwe.
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Mushtaq Ahmed

A traditional leg-spinner who enjoys trying all the variations and does not mind being hit for six, Mushtaq is back in the fold after a two-year absence.
His action still brings to mind his hero Abdul Qadir, whom he succeeded in the team, and he can be a match-winner given the right conditions. In 2003 he became the first bowler in five years to take 100 wickets in the English domestic season. That performance gave grateful Sussex fans their first Championship title.
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Rana Naved

If England needed a reminder of the challenge presented by Pakistan, Naved provided it during a spell in county cricket with Sussex this summer.
Seam bowler Naved took 54 wickets in nine games and also hit a career-best 139 off 124 balls against Middlesex. Former Sussex coach Peter Moores regards him as a "thinking bowler" with at least three different slower balls. Figures of 6-27 in a one-dayer against India at Jamshedpur in April showed what he can do at international level.
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Salman Butt

Butt is renowned for his explosive strokeplay at the top of the order, getting innings off to a flying start in both forms of the game.
However, he also has technical flaws and has a tendency to flirt outside his off stump, hence a Test average of under 26 from 12 innings. But at just 21 he has plenty of time to iron out the wrinkles. He performed well against Australia at the start of 2005 but then struggled against India.
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Shabbir Ahmed

Towering over his team-mates at around 6ft 5in, Shabbir extracts a great deal of bounce on all wickets.
He has a good Test record but has also regularly attracted the concerns of ICC umpires, who have questioned the legality of his bowling action. Still trying to win a permanent place in Pakistan's side - the ICC referrals hardly help matters - Shabbir had an eight-wicket haul on debut. If he can sort out his action once and for all, he could earn a regular spot.
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Shahid Afridi

One of the most aggressive batsmen ever, Afridi established a record with a 37-ball century in his maiden one-day innings against Sri Lanka in 1996.
He has not tempered his approach since then and reached three figures off 45 balls against India earlier this year. In Test cricket, coach Bob Woolmer has urged him to be more selective over which balls to hit and he is averaging over 40 this year. Afridi is also a useful leg-spin bowler, with a dangerous quicker ball.
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Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib is still the fastest bowler in world cricket, although Australia's Brett Lee is pressing him hard.
He missed the 2000 home series against England due to injury and his career since then has continued to be dogged by fitness problems. Shoaib is, however, ready to go this time and looking to reproduce the 100mph delivery he sent down against England during the 2003 World Cup. On his day, there is no doubt he can be a match-winner for Pakistan.
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Shoaib Malik

Malik benefitted from Pakistan's youth policy when he made his one-day international debut at the age of 17.
He was still six months short of his 20th birthday when he first appeared in Test cricket. And although he has yet to shine in the five-day game, selector Wasim Bari recently indicated that he believes Malik could develop into a Test opener. His bowling can be highly effective but it remains to be seen how having to re-model his action will affect him.
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Younis Khan

Younis has produced three centuries in his last four Test appearances and has become a dependable member of the strong Pakistan middle order.
His superb 267 in Bangalore squared the away Test series against India and he is now the regular vice-captain. Perhaps the most graceful batsman in the side, the right-hander plays some sublime drives down on one knee. He is also a fairly versatile member of the squad, with the ability to bowl leg-spin and keep wicket when required.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.