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Pakistani players refuse to predict World Cup winner

Karachi: Pakistan may be out of the World Cup but the cricketers are in no mood to make any prediction about the outcome of Saturday's final between India and Sri Lanka with captain Shahid Afridi saying the strength of both the teams are too close to make a call.

“Both India and Sri Lanka are equally matched and to me both have equal chances of winning the final,” Afridi said after returning home following Pakistan's 29-run loss at the hands of India in the semifinals at Mohali on Wednesday.

All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez agreed with Afridi but pointed out that a lot would depend on the pitch on offer for the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Both evenly matched

“India obviously has the support of the entire country behind them, but both teams have some good match winners. Both teams are evenly matched so it is difficult to pick a winner,” Hafeez said.

Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz, who was outstanding in the semifinal against India with figures of five for 46 from his 10 overs, felt that the spinners may decide the winner on Saturday. — PTI

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