India-Pakistan clash the talking point in Sri Lanka
Colombo: The talking point at clubs and pubs here is not Tuesday`s World Cup semifinal between Sri Lanka and New Zealand but the high-octane India-Pakistan clash at Mohali Wednesday. The near unanimity is that India will enter the final.
The overwhelming feeling here is that India will get the better of Pakistan and will play Sri Lanka in the final in Mumabi, taking it for granted the island nation`s victory over the Black Caps.
"Sri Lanka will play the final in Mumbai and it will be against India," said Sanjeewa Jayaweera, who works at a food joint. The speculation here over the neighbourhood battle is unending, everyone has an opinion and a forceful one at that.
Every Indian, Pakistani or a Bangladeshi journalist is bombarded with questions, expecting answers to suit their analysis. Even the tuk-tuk (auto rickshaw) drivers are interested in knowing what`s going to happen in the big battle at Mohali Wednesday. "It is going to be the big match. The final, it appears, will be an all-Asian affair," said Ranjith Gunaratne, a tuk-tuk driver in his broken English.
"Pakistan has been the surprise package of the tournament. Shahid Afridi has completely changed the side as only he could have, but India still are the favourites to win the big battle."