A spirited India cricket team will face arch-rivals Pakistan cricket team in the most anticipated clash of the ongoing ICC cricket World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday. India are at fourth position with 5 points in 3 matches while Pakistan is at eighth position 3 points in 4 matches in the ICC World Cup 2019 Points Table. Having secured convincing wins over South Africa and Australia in their first two matches, the Men in Blue were not even able to get on the field for their third match against the Black Caps which was called off due to rain.
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Against Pakistan, India have won all their six encounters in the previous editions of the showpiece event and thus, Virat Kohli’s men will have a psychological advantage over Sarfaraz Ahmed-led team.
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However, the absence of in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan — who got injured during the match-winning knock against Australia at The Oval — might hurt India as suspense remains on who will open for the team along with Rohit Sharma. In all likelyhood, KL Rahul would open the innings with Rohit Sharma.
India’s bowling has also been pretty good with all the four bowlers — Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav — scalping wickets at crucial stages.
Pakistan, on the other hand, would be aiming to break the jinx and secure their first World Cup victory against India. However, it would require a formidable performance for the 1992 champions to overcome the two-time World Champions.
The Sarfaraz Ahmad-led side made a horrible start to their World Cup campaign as they suffered a crushing defeat against West Indies in their tournament opener. However, they came back strongly and registered a remarkable win against England. But against Australia, they failed to maintain their consistency and had to face a 41-run defeat in Taunton.
Pakistan’s bowlers, however, have made a strong statement with the white ball but it the batting effort remains a point of concern for Sarfaraz Ahmed who himself has not been able to put runs on the scoreboard.
And so, Sarfaraz may be tempted to bring in Haris Sohail into the playing XI in place of Shoaib Malik, who has failed in each of his three outings in the tournament so far. Also, Pakistan’s fielding has not been upto the mark and they have dropped many catches in the four games they have played so far.
Going by the record and form of both the teams, the odds look completely in favour of India but Pakistan — capable of beating any opposition on their day — will look to replicate their 2017 Champions Trophy final performance.
However, one thing which can ruin the mood of both the players and the fans is rain. The weather forecast for Sunday is not great and there are chances of rain in the afternoon which can play a big role in the result of the match. Teams batting second have won four of the last five matches at Old Trafford and with rain expected to play its part, both captains will be tempted to field first.
India vs Paksitan Weather Report: Rain is also expected during the second-half of the match and overcast conditions are likely throughout the match. There might be washout so it would be too early to say if there will a full 50-over match.
India vs Paksitan pitch conditions: The pitch will favour spinners and the dry conditions will help reverse swing during the later stages. The pitch is likely to help the batsmen more but the overcast overcast conditions may tilt the fixture in favour of bowlers.
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India vs Pakistan key players:
For India, all eyes will be on pacer Jasprit Bumrah to scalp early wickets and put the opposition under pressure. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadavwill behandy for Virat Kohli to get breakthroughs in the middle overs. KL Rahul will have to shoulder responsibility in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan. A lot will rely on Virat Kohli when it comes to batting.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir, who has picked 10 wickets in three matches, will be the key player who can turn the match in Pakistan’s favour. Wahab Riaz will also be a key player for the side. In batting, a lot will depend on how Fakhar Zaman perform at the top of the order. Mohammad Hafeez can be a key player in middle overs for Pakistan.
India vs Pakistan playing 11 prediction
India playing 11 vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (WK), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah.
Pakistan playing 11 vs India: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik/ Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C & WK), Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Amir.
ICC World Cup 2019, Match 22: India vs Pakistan Live streaming details
Date and Day: June 16, 2019, Sunday.
Place: Old Trafford, Manchester
Time: 3:00 pm IST, 13:30 am local time
The World Cup 2019 India vs Pakistan match live streaming will be available live on Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 with English Commentary and Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Hindi HD with Hindi Commentary. The live streaming of the World Cup 2019 India vs Pakistan match will be available on Hotstar.
India vs Pakistan Squads:
India World Cup squad: Virat Kohli (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, MS Dhoni (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav
Pakistan World Cup squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c, wk), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar Zaman
The India vs Pakistan match of the ICC World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on Sunday, June 16, is likely to come under the spell of rain as the weather predictions are not too sunny in Manchester.
Manchester received heavy rainfall two days before the India vs Pakistan clash. The pitch was under the hover cover and the square was covered by sheets. However, few hours later, the rain went away and there was bright sunshine.
The match between India and Pakistan is likely to start on time but the forecast predicts 50 per cent chance of rain in the afternoon. Thus, there are slim chances for a 50-overs match.
Manchester weather prediction for Sunday June 16 on Accuweather,.com
As per the weather forecasting website, Accuweather, light showers are on the cards on the day of India vs Pakistan clash, thus affecting the marquee clash between the arch-rivals.The forecasting predicts light showers between 12 pm and 1 pm (local time) — 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. IST. The website predicts the conditions at Manchester will remain overcast throughout the day with the temperature hovering around 17 degree Celsius.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already been drawing flak for the poor scheduling and lack of reserve days for the league stage matches and in case the India-Pakistan clash is washed out, one can be pretty sure that a lot of eyebrows will be raised towards the international governing body.
Ind vs Pak ICC World Cup 2019: Player battles to look out for on June 16.
It is easily the most intense rivalry in cricket — every time there is an India vs Pakistan match, emotions go flying and there is unbridled passion both on the field and off it among fans. Like often, it is again going to be a contest between Pakistan’s lethal pace attack and India’s batting masterclass. Days before the much-awaited Ind vs Pak ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash, we take a look at the main rivalries that might take the centre stage as the arch rivals lock horns on June 16 (Sunday).
Mohammad Amir vs Virat Kohli: As world number 1 batter Kohli prepares to face in-form Mohammad Amir, ‘revenge’ might be the word playing on his mind. The last time India and Pakistan played a one-day international match in an ICC tournament, Amir, who has taken 5 wickets in the two matches he has played so far, had troubled Kohli a fair deal with his swingers and short deliveries and the master batsman had perished for just 5 runs. It was the final of the 2017 ICC Champions trophy which India had eventually lost. Amir would be looking to stage a repeat of that feat at Old Trafford on June 16, but he would be mindful that Kohli hardly ever repeats his mistakes.
Mohammad Amir vs Rohit Sharma: Sharma has “an extra second when he faces pacers”, say his teammates. But like Kohli, Sharma also has a score to settle when he goes out to bat on Sunday. Mohammad Amir had completely beaten Rohit Sharma in the final of ICC Champions trophy in 2017 and sent him back on the third ball for a duck. It remains to be seen who gets the better of whom this time.
Wahab Riaz vs Virat Kohli: If Mohammad Amir was not enough, another Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz could also be a nightmare for India’s batsmen. Riaz knows how to use his pacey short balls, and Indian batsmen have not yet faced that in World Cup 2019. If one were to pick one of Wahab Riaz’s most dangerous spells, it would be from the Pakistan vs Australia match in ICC World Cup 2015 quarterfinals, where Australia’s Shane Watson faced the fury from the man in green. There was a series bouncers and all Watson could do was to dodge, duck or surrender. Can Wahab produce something similar? Will Kohli surrender, too? Let’s not predict anything yet.
Jasprit Bumrah vs Fakhar Zaman: It’s not been a year since Fakhar faced Bumrah in the 2018 Asia Cup match. With the bowling figure of 10-1-29-2, Bumrah was at his usual best. The young gun could fire with more fury this time. Fakhar has 58 runs in the two matches he has played so far and looks dangerous. But he hasn’t been able to justify his worth at the top of the order. Bumrah would have an edge if it’s more about mind games on the field at Old Trafford.
Jasprit Bumrah vs Imam-Ul-Haq: Be it short balls or pacey yorkers, Bumrah has it all. Imam has 4 runs in the two matches he has played so far. It remains to be seen how the southpaw performs as Virat Kohli deploys Bumrah for an early jolt.
Jasprit Bumrah vs Babar Azam: Azam has been one of the most successful batsmen for Pakistan in World Cup 2019, with a half-century to his name. Pakistan would expect him to shine against India as well, but facing Bumrah would not be a cakewalk for the batsman.