Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma
Will India make it 7-0?
Our prediction is India to win the match!
Cricket World Cup 2019 is gearing up for the most anticipated contests in the tournament. India Vs Pakistan is one of the greatest rivalries in the cricket and their face-off in the World Cups leads to frenetic social media war among the fans.
The Indian team has defeated Australia and South Africa teams in the 2019 World Cup so far. Their match against New Zealand has washed away due to consistent heavy rains and wet outfield. KL Rahul is expected to open the innings along with Rohit Sharma in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan. Skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are expected to play a big role in the middle order. Hardik Pandya is in very good form and will be used as a floating aggressor with the bat.
Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar will form an excellent opening bowling combination and are among the best death bowlers in the ODI format. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav form a wrist spin combo duo and are mighty effective in the middle overs. Mohammed Shami might replace a spinner in case of cloudy and overcast conditions. India has a wide variety of attacking bowling options with an excellent combination of spin and pace bowling options.
Pakistan team lost their last match against Australia by 40 runs. Pakistan is one of the most unpredictable teams in the 2019 World Cup. Imam-Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, and Mohammed Hafeez got good starts in their match against Australia but was not able to convert them into a big innings to help his team`s case. Skipper Sarfaraz Khan played a bizarre knock giving most of the strike to the tail-enders and finally ended up run-out. Wahab Riaz and Hassan Ali provided some lusty blows to provide some momentum in the chase.
Mohammed Amir bowled a dream spell taking 5 wickets and he was the best bowler on display for the Pakistan team. Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali and Mohammed Hafeez snared a wicket each but gave away runs at a high economy rate. Shadab Khan or Imad Wasim is expected to return to playing XI in place of Shaheen Afridi.
Virat Kohli – Virat Kohli played a brilliant knock against Australia scoring 82 runs. Virat Scored century against Pakistan in the ICC 2015 World Cup and will be looking to do a repeat of it. Virat Kohli is on a purple patch for the last 3-4 years.
Jasprit Bumrah – Jasprit Bumrah is becoming a big threat to every batsman with his accurate bowling, unorthodox action, variety of slower balls, and workers at his disposal. It would be an interesting battle between Pakistan`s top order against Jasprit Bumrah.
Rohit Sharma– 179 runs, Avg. -179, Strike rate – 84, HS-122*, 100s-1, 50s-1
Yuzvendra Chahal – 6 wickets, Economy – 5.7 RPO, BB -4/51
Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni (Wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav/Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
YS Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, JJ Bumrah, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Babar Azam – Babar Azam played some eye-catching shots in his short stay of 28-ball 30 runs. He failed to make his start count and would be looking to make a big mark against the arch-rivals India in this match.
Mohammed Amir – Mohammed Amir was the standout bowler last match with figures of 10-2-30-5. He has success over Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in the past and it would be an interesting battle to watch them against each other in this match.
Mohammed Hafeez– 146 runs, Avg. -49, Strike rate – 108, HS-84, 50s-1
Mohammed Amir – 10 wickets, Economy – 4.4 RPO, BB – 5/30
Rohit Sharma– 179 runs, Avg. -179, Strike rate – 84, HS-122*, 100s-1, 50s-1 Yuzvendra Chahal – 6 wickets, Economy – 5.7 RPO, BB -4/51
Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, SI Wasim, Babar Azam, F Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Imam-ul-Haq
Manchester is one of the pitches in England where we can find a good balance between the bat and the ball. The overcast conditions may bring pace bowlers of both sides to the fore. We can average scores in the range of 260-280 runs. The weather on the match day looks cloudy with around 60% chances of rain as per the weather forecast.
Both teams will look to put the opposition team to bat in the overcast conditions and put the opposition batsmen in testing conditions. Rain interruptions are expected and the DL method may come into consideration.
The Indian team has been playing well consistently for a good period of time and they have bowling resources to perform well in all the conditions. Pakistan team has been playing up and down this tournament but they would love playing in the overcast conditions. We expect Indian team to come victories in this cracking contest on cards.
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