Pakistan team practice under lights

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 20:54 PM IST

Mohali: Having come within sniffing distance of regaining the coveted World Cup, Pakistan are taking no chances at all for their potentially explosive semi-final encounter against arch rivals India on Wednesday.

The Pakistanis are keen to be as prepared as possible for the match and are leaving no stone unturned to break the World Cup jinx against India. They have never won a match against their traditional rivals in the mega event.

After a gruelling net session in the morning, the Pakistani players returned to the PCA stadium for a fielding session under floodlights shortly after the Indians called it a day. But before they begun the session, the entire team sat in a line to offer namaaz, providing a great picture for the photographers. Many of the photographers were packing their bags but picked up the cameras quickly to capture the moment.

After the namaaz, the team members sat together for a while as captain Shahid Afridi spoke to them. The fielding session began with a game of football and then the players sharpened their ground fielding skills and focused on high catches to get accustomed to the lights.

Paceman Shoaib Akhtar and some of his other colleagues also had a close look at the pitch which has a fair amount of grass on it.

PTI