Shruti Chopra dwells into her tarot cards to see what lies ahead in the high-voltage India vs Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup game on Sunday.
Pakistan will make this a tough match for themselves and for the opposition. They will appear inconsistent and unsure, but with the Ten of Pentacles and Strength card drawn they certainly have the right motivation to pull themselves out of this. The Ten of Wands does warn of their bowling being tested, but they will look good with their fielding. Overall, it will be a strong day for them.
Mohammad Hafeez will appear too soft at times. He will lack aggression, but yet with the Empress drawn, he certainly knows how to remain in command. The Justice along with the shaky Three of Wands reflects uncertainty in his batting.
Kamran Akmal will appear uncomfortable. As suggested by the Knight of Swords, he will be overly hasty in his batting.
Imran Nazir will be in command, but he too will falter through over aggression.
Saeed Ajmal will bowl well. The Lovers card indicates that he will settle down to a good rhythm and direction.
Shahid Afridi will be better planned, but he should be careful of taking the game too lightly, especially as the Queen of Swordsdisplays the ability to lead by example.
Umar Gul will bowl inconsistency. There will be moments of brilliance, but yet will appear confused and out of rhythm.
India will have good partnerships, appearing bright and positive. The negativity mainly stems from the Four of Swords where their plans will be overworked and will not receive the best advice from the coaches, which the team will not listen to for too long. Overall, India will appear tough and adaptable. With the Moon card drawn, they will look to get on top of the opposition and apply pressure in doing so. Their bowling will need to be consistent till the end, as the Nine of Swords shows distress in this department.
The Chariot and the Queen of Wands is indicative of Mahendra Singh Dhoni relishing the pressure. His captaincy will thrive under such circumstances and will look to maintain command. His batting will appear a little loose. The Fool suggests a risk-taking innings.
Virender Sehwag should be played as he will work hard to achieve a good innings. The Sun and Eight of Pentacles is reflective of this.
Virat Kohli will have a good start. In fact, he will be able to continue through to stable innings, but with the Death card representing a change in focus – this will come to an abrupt end.
Yuvraj Singh has the Judgment card supporting his effort and helping him accumulate at a good pace.
Harbhajan Singh will be initially expensive, but he will be able to lead the bowling well.
Zaheer Khan has a tough day to battle ahead. He will not be economical and with the Tower card representing a stressed temperament, he will find it tough to maintain good rhythm.
Who will win?
(London-born Shruti Chopra was introduced to cricket by her two older brothers. She spent some of her childhood time in Delhi and became an Indian cricket fan. She has remained an unflinching and passionate Indian cricket fan even after moving back to London, setting 3.00 am alarms to watch India play Test matches. It was during the 2011 World Cup that she brought together her passion for cricket with her profession of Tarot Reading, looking at the cards in the hope of spotting an India win coming through - which it did! You can know more about Shruti via Facebook, Twitter and her website)