PAKISTAN V INDIA, KARACHI The rising star of Pakistan cricket, Sohail hit the limelight with his first selection for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup. In one-day cricket, he has lacked consistency but indeed has the potential to come good sooner rather than later. Due to his unusual wrong-footed action, he is deceptive. He is reasonably good with the willow too - saving his side's blushes against Hong Kong with crucial 59-run knock, rounding it off with two scalps in a decent day's work. For this important game against India, Sohail will be hoping to bring his supreme wicket taking form of the recent IPL tournament on the international stage. India's batting is strong but Sohail has the talent to dent it provided he bowls in the right areas. He had a good spell in Pakistan's win in the tri-series final, where he tied India down. Pakistan would be happy if he could replicate that performance. Kumar Sangakkara SRI LANKA V UAE, LAHORE A class act, Kumar Sangakkara with his skipper Mahela Jayawardene is the most reliable batsman for Sri Lanka. The southpaw has every shot in the book and then some, and a big heart and never-say-die attitude add to his value. Unlike most sub-continental flat-track bullies, Sangakkara has a near perfect technique that allows him to thrive on pitches and against bowlers that demand a higher degree of skill. His high standard 'keeping is another value addition, for it allows Jayawardena the luxury of an additional bowler or allrounder. Sangakkara also reads the game well, and often helps Jayawardena with tactical advice. Against a rather timid UAE bowling on a benign pitch, Sangakkara (6,000 ODI runs with a strike rate of 70) must be licking his lips in anticipation for a big one. -Nabeel Sabir