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India and South Africa are going into the semi-finals of the world cup: Habibul Bashar

South Africa boasts a well-rounded squad and are considered as one of the dark horses for this year's T20 World Cup.

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Former Bangladesh cricketer Habibul Bashar. (Photo by SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP/Getty Images)

India started their T20 World Cup campaign with a bang after edging past rivals Pakistan in a nerve-wracking encounter at a full-house MCG on the 23rd of October. While the Pakistani fans will be disappointed after that loss, they will be hopeful for qualification through to the knockout stages of the tournament. However, former Bangladeshi skipper Habibul Bashar picks India and South Africa as the two semi-finalists from Group 2.

Four of the six nations in Group 2 have already played their first matches, with South Africa and Zimbabwe set to collide in an all-African clash in Hobart. India and Bangladesh sit pretty with two points each, while Pakistan and the Dutch are with zero points after losing their opening fixtures.

Former Bangladeshi skipper Habibul Bashar has picked India and South Africa as favorites to make it through to the semi-finals from this group in a chat with CricTracker. The former cricketer reckoned that even though Pakistan possesses a lethal bowling lineup their batting leaves much to be desired at times. In comparison, he feels South Africa have a much better balance to the team with experienced world-class players in both departments of the game.

"Pakistan had a really good game. They have a good bowling lineup but not batting. But South Africa have a very good bowling lineup as well as batting. So, if you ask me I see South Africa and India going to the semi-finals from this group," Bashar said on 'BatBricks7 presents Run Ki Runneeti show on CricTracker'.

South Africa have one of the best bowling attacks of the World Cup: Kobus Olivier 

Former South African cricketer Kobus Olivier, who was also one of the guests on the panel, reckoned that the current South African pace attack was one of the best in the ongoing tournament. He feels that the Australian conditions will suit their game and give the Proteans an advantage against their opponents.

"I think the South African attack in this whole tournament on the Australian wickets, I rate them right up there as one of the best bowling attacks in this World Cup," said Olivier to CricTracker.

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