India vs Pakistan: One of the most anticipated games of all time is finally taking place on Sunday when two of the biggest rivals will take on each other in cricket’s biggest tournament. It is India vs Pakistan, in a world cup fixture and nothing can get bigger and mightier than this. The two teams have had quite a history in the world cup where the men-in-blue have always defeated the men-in-green. With a lot at stake and pressure mounting upon Pakistan, we will have to wait and watch if the Sarfaraz Ahmed-led team will finally be able to break the jinx.
TEAM INDIA IN THE LAST 4 YEARS
India have been in a phenomenal form lately after having won 58 of 88 games played in the last 4 years. Ever since Virat Kohli took up the reins as the captain of the Indian side in the limited overs format, the stats have further skyrocketed. Under Virat’s leadership, India have played 70 games and triumphed in 51 victories with only 17 losses to their name.
They have an impeccable win ratio of 74.63%, which is the highest for any Indian captain, who has captained the side for 60 games. The men in blue have started the tournament as favourites to win the title and they did not disappoint the prediction too, with two victories in two games and one match getting washed out. They have remained unbeaten so far in the world cup, and they will look to carry on the momentum for the remainder of the tournament as well.
PAKISTAN IN WC 2019
Pakistan, on the other hand, have had a completely contrasting season of cricket. They couldn’t give a flying start to their tournament and had suffered a disappointing defeat in the very first match against the Windies. They, however, came back to form against England by scoring an emphatic 348/8 and shocked the hosts by winning the game by 14 runs. As they were looking to continue the momentum, they had the mighty Australia challenge ahead and they again had faced a defeat in the match.
Cut to the present game, India vs Pakistan is a different clash altogether. There’s enormous pressure from all corners for both the teams, with press & media, fans and supporters all have been chasing the captains for their view on the match. There is a different atmosphere altogether and the emotions will be running really high amongst the fans. Though the stats and the current form favour India to win it yet again, Pakistan can pose an equal threat, provided they take the right calls in selecting the team and on the field too.
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India and Pakistan have played each other in a total of 131 matches with Pakistan taking a lead with 73 wins while India have 54 wins to their name. The teams have not played extensive cricket in the last few years owing to the tensions going on between the two countries. In a total of 4 matches played since April 2015, India emerged victorious in 3 matches while Pakistan won 1 match.
Their record in the world cup is a famous one. Both the teams have clashed against each other 6 times and the men-in-blue have won all the 6 matches while Pakistan still hunt for a victory.
Total Matches: 131
LAST FOUR YEARS (APR 2015 – PRESENT)
Total Matches: 4
Total Matches: 6
The biggest match of the world cup season has a slight threat of the match getting washed out as rainfall is predicted at the Old Trafford. This will be a huge disappointment for every cricket lover, as they have been eagerly waiting to see both the teams play each other. Though there is only 20% prediction for the rainfall initially, the chances increase as and how the day progresses with 50% chance in the afternoon. At best, the teams might end up playing a restricted overs match, as a full 100-over fixture is unlikely to happen, going by the current weather analysis.
The pitch at Old Trafford has kept everyone guessing as it has not defined its true nature yet, by being a tad-bit inconsistent. A total of 45 games were played here in Manchester and the team batting second takes a majority in winning with 27 wins. The average score here is around 260-270, going by the previous five List A matches. There are overcast conditions and hence fast bowlers will be the key to get the required breakthroughs for the team. On winning the toss, the team should look to bowl first, considering the hostile weather conditions during the match.
With Shikhar Dhawan ruled out for the next few games, India might rope-in the likes of Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar to support the middle-order while KL Rahul might move up the squad to open the innings with Rohit Sharma. The fiery Hardik Pandya will add further fuel to India’s total with his absolute brute-force hitting while MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli will look to put their experience into place and build a strong partnership. The bowling has been remarkable for Indian brigade with Bumrah, Bhuveshwar and Chahal all have been taking necessary wickets. Kuldeep is yet to unleash himself and he will make use of this big opportunity.
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik/Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Shaheen Afridi who was touted to be the next big bowler for Pakistan has failed to live up to the hopes and will likely be axed for the match. Young leg-spinner Shadab Khan may replace Shaheen Afridi. Openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman need to give a solid start to the team with Babar Azam, Hafeez and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed stabilising it for the team. Shoaib Malik hasn’t been able to perform yet and Asif Ali has also had a disappointing season.
They will be looking to redeem themselves in this fixture. As far as bowling is concerned, Mohammad Amir has been leading the Pakistan force and has been the top performer for the team. He is also the highest wicket-taker in this world cup and he will pose a great threat to the opposition. He will be supported by Wahab Riaz, who will look to get some necessary breakthroughs.
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMER
Rohit Sharma (India) | Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)
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TV – Star Sports
Match Timings – 18:00 IST; 13:30 local
PREDICTION: The prediction is for India to win the match.
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