Finally, the most awaited competition of the ICC World Cup 2019 will come into the action on 16th June at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. India vs Pakistan is quite more than a match for the fans of each side. Well, we hope for the clear skies and no rain then, it is going to be one of the most exciting matches of the tournament as far. The rain has become the biggest spoiler and couple of good matches of the CWC 2019 has been called off due to heavy rain. The recent one is India vs New Zealand.
Looking at the team performances, then India is leading from Pakistan and is at the far good position than Pakistan. And most important in the history of World Cup Pakistan has never able to defeat team India. This would be the biggest challenge for them to break this record. But will they able to do that, with the team they currently have?
As if now, India is playing the excellent cricket and have won all the matches they have played in CWC 2019 as far. The last match against Australia was really appreciable and the victory over South Africa was also a confident one.
Well, the sad news for them is Shikar has got finger injury and not able to play for a couple of weeks. He had a century in the last game and the team will definitely be going to miss him and it means there is going to be some changes in the team sequence.
Lokesh Rahul headed out to England as the reserve opening batsman yet made his place at number 4 in the warm-ups. He is currently must make another alteration and return to open the batting. It helps the Lokesh Rahul is in great form however this will be a monstrous test for him. India currently needs to choose what to do about their number 4 opening. They will incorporate Vijay Shankar into the side since he did really well in New Zealand at that position. Shankar is additionally a splendid defender giving him the edge. The other alternative that India has is to climb Dhoni and Jadhav one spot and add Dinesh Karthik to the lower order.
India has so far played Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav sponsored up by Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav. They should seriously mull over playing Mohammad Shami instead of Kuldeep Yadav if the conditions stay cloudy.
Team India : Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumarah, Yuzvendra Chaha, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja , Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami Kuldeep Yadav
As far, they have won only one match in the four matches they have played. They lost their match against the West Indies and their match against Sri Lanka was rained out too. They need to win four matches out of five remaining matches in the ICC World Cup 2019 to make a place in the semi-finals. Well, the team is unpredictable you never know, they have the ability to change the scenario of the game at any moment. So, definitely, India would not take them lightly.
Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, and Babar Azam are a risky top-3. Fakhar Zaman may not be exceptionally steady but rather he will have great recollections of dismantling India's attack in the Champions Trophy last. Imam and Babar are substantially steadier and should score runs if Pakistan must have an opportunity.
Babar Azam is evaluated as a standout amongst the best ODI players in the world and this is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate it. Mohammad Hafeez is in astounding cadence and is playing his best cricket at number 4. He has the power game to have the option to quicken when required and is additionally generally excellent against the spinners.
After these four the batting begins to end up unsteady. Sarfaraz Ahmed at 5 is a bit excessively high, Shoaib Malik is battling for stable form and might be supplanted by Haris Sohail while Asif Ali appears to be excessively one dimensional to be effective at this dimension of the game. Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali can trudge for a bit yet they can't be trusted to stick around against a quality bowling attack.
Pakistan additionally needs to settle in its group mix for this match. They dropped Shadab Khan in the past match and included Shaheen Afridi yet that implied they had no quality spinner in the side. Mohammad Amir is back in wicket-taking structure and he will be the greatest risk in this match.
Team Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Hassan Ali,Babar Azam, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez,,Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Imad Wasim, Haris Sohail, Fakhar Zaman
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