India holds slight edge, feels Allan Border

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 18:45 PM IST

Kolkata: Former Australia skipper Allan Border feels that India`s problem is their bowling but his money is on the host nation in the semi-final clash against Pakistan in Mohali.

"India are going into the game as slight favourites. Playing at home is obviously a big advantage. But Pakistan also know the conditions very well in Mohali," Australian southpaw, who led the side for their first ever World Cup triumph in 1987, said.

He, however, said that the hosts lacked a bit in their bowling arsenal.

"...It will be a classic contest. It will be a battle between a great India batting line-up versus Pakistani bowling. Whoever gets on top in the confrontation would win the game," the 55-year-old said.

"It`s the first time I`m here in India when there is a contest between the two old rivals. I now understand how big is the occasion," Border said.

"We have our rivalry with the Englishmen and the Ashes series is famous for that. I think India-Pakistan rivalry is a step up for the fervour it generates. Certainly, can`t wait for Wednesday."

PTI