LIVE cricket analysis, Abdul Razzaq (PAK) vs. Rizwan Cheema (CAN)

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LIVE cricket analysis, Abdul Razzaq (PAK) vs. Rizwan Cheema (CAN)

Group ‘A’ teams – Pakistan and Canada today will face each other today in their third encounter of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2011. Pakistan’s position in the tournament is going appreciable so far, as they have won both of their matches against Kenya and Sri Lanka. While the minnow Canada remained unable to manage a single win in their two games against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

The win of any teams largely depends upon the performance of their all-rounders. Abdul Razzaq is one of the remarkable all-rounders of Pakistani team who hits dangerously while playing at lower order.

Razzaq has featured in 256 One-Day Internationals scoring 4,970 runs at an average of 29.93 including three centuries and 22 fifties. While the right-arm medium pacer, has claimed 262 wickets at an average of 32.01. His best bowling innings included 6 for 35 while playing against Sri Lanka in Karachi in October 2004. In wins his average is over 41 including three centuries and 11 fifties while he averages 22 in losses. Razzaq has claimed 24 wickets in World Cups at an average of 27.91.

Razzaq made his mark as an all-rounder in ICC 1999 World Cup where he claimed 13 wickets and scored 170 runs. However, in 2003 tournament the player remained unsuccessful to give a significant performance and he missed the ICC 2007 World Cup after sustaining an injury.

Former Pakistan wicket-keeper describes Razzaq as, "He is over-rated as a player sometimes in that he has great strengths but blows hot and cold. If he clicks he is destructive. It will be important to decide what his role is - should he bowl at all, or should he just bat.”

ICC World Cup 2011 will be a third showpiece event of his career and Razzaq’s prior experience of playing in two mega events will be certainly an additional advantage.

On the other hand, Rizwan Cheema is the batting icon of the Canadian team, who hits destructive shots with the great spirit and makes the bowlers helpless. He prefers to play the leg-side boundary with his fearless batting style. Cheema has not played much against the high ranked teams. He made his ODI debut against Bermuda at King City in 2008 where he scored a fast 34 runs off 24 balls including three fours and three sixes. The right-handed batsman has featured in 23 ODIs scoring 574 runs at an average of 27.33 including five fifties. His average in three ODIs against West Indies is 53.33 at a strike rate of 129 while playing in eight innings against Scotland and Ireland, he scored 79 runs at an average less than ten. In July 2009, he scored his highest ODI 94 against Netherlands at Amstelveen.

Sunil Dhaniram, former Canada captain while expressing his views about Cheema said,

"A very hard hitter of the ball and a good team player."

ICC World Cup 2011 will be his first appearance in a mega event where he will have an opportunity to show his talent not only with his bat but also with his ball.

Canada who have incorporated many of new talents in their squad, are in dire need of winning this match because their further loss will throw them at the bottom making it difficult for them to survive in the tournament. They can have an inspiration from their fellow minnow Ireland who have brilliantly thrashed mighty England in their second encounter of the ICC World Cup 2011.