“For me, this high pressure match is a duel between their batsmen and our bowlers. We have an advantage over them not only in the pace department but also spin bowling,” Akhtar was quoted as saying by PTI yesterday.

Shoaib Akhtar

“Dhoni is a big plus for them (India) despite all the recent controversies. And like always their batting has a lot of depth and quality,” he said.

Akhtar lavished praise on India’s vice-captain Virat Kohli and described him as a “match winner”. “He (Kohli) is a match winner, there’s no doubt about that. He is a quality player. Even the presence of Rohit Sharma in the middle is not a good news for the opposition bowlers,” he said.