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Last Updated:  Thursday, 27 February, 2003, 16:16 GMT
Key battles: India v Pakistan
Waqar Younis (left) and Dinesh Mongia
Waqar Younis v Dinesh Mongia

  • Left-hander Mongia began his one-day career in 2001 and has played 36 innings. He once averaged 42.93 back in May 2002, but that has since dipped to 27.39.

  • Waqar is one of only five players in the world to have taken more than 300 one-day wickets - and only the second player to have taken more than 400. But he is 88 wickets behind compatriot Wasim Akram, who is the leading one-day wicket taker with 502.

  • At the 2003 World Cup, Mongia has yet to set the tournament alight. He managed a top score of just 42 against Holland, from four innings.

    But the occasional bowler managed to bag two wickets against Namibia.

  • Waqar's best figures of seven for 36 came against England in June 2001.

  • Mongia has never faced Pakistan.

  • Waqar has taken 35 wickets against India at a strike-rate of 32.11. His best haul against the arch-rivals came in 2000 - five for 31.

    Ashish Nehra (left) and Yousuf Youhana
    Ashish Nehra v
    Yousuf Youhana

  • Left-arm seamer Nehra made his debut against Zimbabwe in 2001.

  • Youhana has a healthy average of 42.46. His highest one-day score - an unbeaten 141 - came against Zimbabwe in November 2002.

  • Nehra recorded his best figures of six for 23 against England at the 2003 World Cup.

  • Youhana's World Cup average is a very respectable 41.29. His highest innings - an unbeaten 81 - came against Scotland in 1999.

  • Nehra has played 33 one-day matches but has yet to face Pakistan.

  • India may need to be wary of Youhana. He has an average of 49.00 against them from 11 matches.

    Youhana made one run in his first match against India in 1999 but in his last innings in 2000 he made an unbeaten 100.

    Indian captain Sourav Ganguly
    "We must not get hyped up"

    Indian batsman Rahul Dravid
    "It's just another game of cricket"

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