The most awaited Sunday is almost here and two neighbouring countries would turn extreme rivals at the Cricket ground. The 22nd fixture of ICC World Cup will see the most intense match of the tournament. This time it is India and Pakistan who would come head to head against each other at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. The match is set to begin at 3:00 PM IST.
The saddest part of this World Cup edition is the rain. Most of the matches have been washed off due to rain and this has really affected the essence of such a massive event. We all hope that the skies remain clear on the match day so that the fans all around the world could enjoy the foremost cricketing contest.
Let me inform you that India has won both their respective matches against Australia and South Africa, whereas, Pakistan have played four matches so far, with one win, two losses and one no result.
From Guide (last five matches):
Pakistan: L, NR, W, L, NR
India: NR, W, W, W, L
When and Where:
This pitch offers a perfect balance to the batsmen and the bowlers. The overcast conditions would help the pacers of both sides. But let me tell you, the weather on the match day is expected to be cloudy with around 65% of chances of rain.
Last ODI at this venue: Australia 205/10 lost to England 208/9
Toss Update: Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first
India Team News:
Pakistan Team News:
You cannot afford to ignore Bhuvneswar Kumar when the match is against Pakistan. Bhuvneswar Kumar has an outstanding record against Pakistan. Playing 9 matches, he has bagged 14 wickets and holds an economy of 4.18. He could be really effective in the initial overs of the game due to overcast conditions.
Although Fakhar Zaman has failed to make an impact intnhe World Cup matches so far, but he hasn’t looked out of touch. He could be a serious threat to India. You cannot forget a memorable ton in the Champions Trophy two years back. He holds an average of 48.33 against India.
India probable playing11:
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja
Pakistan Probable playing 11:
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Haris Sohail, Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain
Fantasy picks from India:
V Kohli is the no one batsmen in the world in ODI and test format. Kholi has an ODI average of 60 and 41 centuries in his pockets. With a strike rate of 92.093, Kohli could be a danger to the Pakistan bowlers. V Kohli has scored 459 runs against Pakistan in 12 innings at an average of 45.90.
Hardik Pandya could be another threat to the Pakistanis. He is the best option anyone can have in the lower middle order. You wouldn’t have forgotten the splendid inning he played in the finals of ICC Champions Trophy against Pakistan. Although he failed to help India lifting the trophy, he was applauded by all cricket fraternity. Playing two matches against Pakistan, Hardik has scored 96 runs with highest being 76. He would definitely take revenge. Don’t him out. He could be your vice-captain.
Jasprit Bumrah could trouble the top order with the ability to bowl with variations. Bumrah has proved himself as the most economical bowler in the death overs. Bowling 31 over, Bumrah has bagged 4 Pakistani wickets and has an economy of 4.59.
Fantasy picks from Pakistan:
M Hafeez is an important asset for Pakistan. He has played best cricket for Pakistan so far in the World Cup. He has scored 84 and 46 in his last two matches and has an average of 49. Hafeez averages 48.60 against India and has one ton and three half-centuries.
M Amir seems to be in super form. The pacer is leading the wickets chart with 1-0 wickets along with an economy of 4.73. He could definitely trouble Rohit Sharma with the swings due to the overcast condition. You can choose him as captain.
Risky Players: Vijay Shankar and D Karthik.