Mohali: Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal feels that the high-octane semi-final between India and Pakistan would be a battle between their in-form bowling attack and the hosts batting line-up.

Ajmal, who has featured in only two of Pakistan's seven matches in the World Cup, said his team has specific plans for Indian batsmen.

"We've got a few plans up our sleeves. I see the match as a battle between our bowling lineup and their batting lineup. We know that our bowling is our strong suit and their batting is their stronger suit," Ajmal said.

"Our bowlers have been in excellent form during the World Cup. Shahid (Afridi), Umar Gul and Hafeez have been bowling very well. It's been a combined effort by the Pakistan bowlers and we are hopeful that it will continue in the next match.

"If Pakistan bat first, we will try to reach 300 and if India bat first then we want to try and restrict them to under 250," he added.

Ajmal said the clash between the arch-rivals is as good as the Ashes and it would be a dream for him to play in the semifinal against India.

"It's a huge match for everyone, the players, the fans, everyone involved in it. A World Cup semi-final can only be surpassed in one day cricket by the World Cup final itself.

"For the Australian and English players the Ashes is a big series and for Indian and Pakistani players, the matches against your arch-rivals have a special meaning.

The whole world will be watching and following the match and it should be a fantastic occasion. These are the sort of matches that you look forward to playing in and dream about."

The 30,000 capacity crowd at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here is likely to put huge pressure on the Pakistani side but Ajmal said his team will not get distracted and won't allow the spectators to get into their skin.

"My philosophy is simple. It doesn't matter where you are playing or who the opposition is, if you let the crowd or atmosphere disrupt your performance, then you don't deserve to be playing at the highest level of cricket," he said.

"We've put extra emphasis on our fielding and it's paid dividends. Our coaches have said to us all that even if you have a bad day with the bat or the ball, you can still make a difference in the field, by saving runs, by inflicting a run out or by taking a catch in the field," he added.

(Agencies)