India vs Pakistan, Match 22 Prediction2019-06-17
Old Trafford, Manchester
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma
?India won their first two matches, while the third game against New Zealand was washed out.
? Pakistan has three points from four games. They lost two matches, and one game versus Sri Lanka was washed out. They won lone games against host England.
?India and Pakistan have faced each other for a total of six times at the ICC Cricket World Cup, and India leads the Head to Head stats 6-0. Pakistan has never been able to defeat India at the 50-over World Cup.
?Pakistan beat India in the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Oval.
India to win this match.
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The stage is set for another enthralling encounter in the 2019 ICC World Cup when India will lock horns with Pakistan at Old Trafford on Sunday. There is always tremendous hype surrounding this high-voltage encounter. Skipper Virat Kohli and co. are in great touch in the tournament and they would look to carry on their form. Indian batting is relying heavily on their key batsmen – Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli to score most of the runs. India’s key pacer Jasprit Bumrah has done remarkably in the earlier games and showed why he is currently the number one ranked bowler in the world. The unbeaten Indian team would be eyeing their third victory in the tournament.
Pakistan will be itching to bounce back after suffering a painful defeat to Australia in their previous game. Their bowling unit did a good job to restrict Australia to 307 in the last fixture, but in the chase, their batsman let the team down. They keep losing wickets in the middle overs. Men in Green need to strike all the chords against the in-form Indian team. In batting, the onus will be on the key batsmen – Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez, to step up and take their side to an important victory. Pakistan needs Babar Azam to bat for longer durations and hold one batting end. Mohammed Amir has bowled really well and was Pakistan’s best bowler thus far in the tournament. He’s picked up 10 wickets so far and has looked in excellent rhythm. Pakistan will be hoping to break the dreaded jinx of not beating India in a World Cup match.
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In the absence of injured Shikhar Dhawan, India is relying heavily on current ICC top two ranked batsmen– Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to play the match winning inning. KL Rahul will open the inning in Shikhar Dhawan’s absence, while Vijay Shankar or Dinesh Karthik is expected to replace Dhawan in the starting line-up.
Rohit Sharma is India’s biggest positive so far in the tournament, he scored unbeaten 122 in the first game and crucial inning of 63 in last game. Arguably, one of the finest batsmen in ODI Virat Kohli will be the biggest threat for opponent. He possesses solid technique and has all the shots in his repertoire. He has scored 459 ODI runs against Pakistan at an average of 45. He has also scored a century in the 2015 world cup clash against Pakistan.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya played a good impact inning in the last game versus Australia. He has the great ability to decimate any bowling attack on his day and pick up important wickets makes him a match winner in the side.
Bowling wise, Jasprit Bumrah is a key to India’s attack, he is the top class bowler, and can be stifling with both his ability to contain runs and picking up wickets. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been impressive in the tournament. Collectively, they picked 10 wickets in the first two games. Yuzvendra Chahal is the leading wicket-taker for India in the tournament, with 6 wickets in two games. The wrist spinner possesses great ability to provide a breakthrough in the middle overs.
YS Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, JJ Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik/ Vijay Shnakar MS Dhoni (wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav/Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Sarfarz and co. will have their task cut out against formidable Indian side. Pakistan batsmen were in sensational touch against England in the second game, but they look motiveless in the last game versus Australia. Like opponent, Pakistan is also relying on their top order batsman – Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez. They showed some class in the earlier games, but they need to convert it to match winning inning. Babar Azam has been in tremendous form in recent time. He is currently ranked seven in ICC ODI ranking. But he is yet to strike gold in this world cup and will be desperate to get a big one here. Pakistan will be hoping for the solid performance in all facets of the game.
A middle-order batsman, Shoaib Malik has not been scoring a lot of runs for Pakistan of late, but his experience and ability to dismantle bowling units wasn’t disregarded. He has scored 1782 runs against India in 41 ODI innings at an average of 46.
Pakistan’s bowling has always been their prime weapon and the left-arm combination of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz will be pivotal to their success in this competition. Mohammed Amir picked five in the last game. Meanwhile, Pakistan will be concerned about Hasan Ali’s form as it has continued to slip. He picked only one wicket in three games. Pacers need to strike early to restrict Indian batsmen from scoring a massive run.
Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk/capt), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
Old Trafford, Manchester is set to host its first match of the mega event on Sunday. The forecast looks promising at the moment According to the AccuWeather, there will be a 70 percent cloud cover and not much rain forecast during the course of the day. Also, there'll be some sunny spells on Sunday and it'll feel warm in the sunshine. Old Trafford is traditionally not a very high scoring venue. Since Jan 2000, highest score at this venue is 315, while the average is 207. Out of the last 9 completed ODIs at the venue, five matches went in favour of the team batting first. Seamers are expected to get ample assistance early in the match.
The team batting first will be looking to put an opponent under pressure, scoring massive first innings runs. We anticipate the team winning toss will definitely wish to bat first.
Any India-Pakistan clash is a marquee match-up. It’s a rivalry which has, over the last two decades, acquired a dynamics of its own. Men in Blue will come to this match high on confidence, following their earlier victories against the high-quality side. They got highly ranked ODI batsman and bowler in the side. On the other hand, Pakistan got good top order batsmen but they have vulnerabilities in the middle order batting. They will need to play out of their skin to win this contest. Furthermore, statistically, India holds the upper hand over Pakistan in world cups, with a 100 percent win record cup. Thus, Men in Blue will start as clear favorites against Pakistan.
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