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World Cup 2019, Match22- IND Vs PAK, Preview: Rain Threat Looms Large As The Arch-Rivals Clash In Manchester

“Rain is expected to play a spoilsport in this massive arch-rivals clash.”

The stage is set and the time has finally arrived for the mother of all battles as the arch-rivals, India will be locking horns with Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16, Sunday. Both the teams are coming into this match after witnessing contrasting results being unfold in their respective previous outings. India’s last game against New Zealand ended as a washout, while Pakistan suffered a beating at the hands of Australia.

Waqar Younis’ deadly bouncer damaging Sachin’s nose, Aamir Sohail getting a dose of his own medicine courtesy Venkatesh Pradesh, Javed Miandad smashing a six off the last ball at Sharjah, Sachin Tendulkar vandalism in Centurion, the bowl out, the most infamous ramp shot from Misbah, Afridi’s two sixes off Ashwin, Kohli’s belligerent ton — every tale becomes so iconic when India and Pakistan lock horns.

The above-mentioned stories, each one with great significance in its own rights, would not have been the 6legends they are if it happened somewhere else, between some other sides. The political history, the on and off relationship between the governments, everything just adds up to the title, making this contest more than just a game of cricket.

Truth to be told, this time both sides have gone off their limits through their advertising, while one antagonized the other bringing up the same old “Father-son” analogy, only to see a retaliation which went a wee-bit political. All we can hope for is the unreasonable jingoism to be dead tomorrow and the true flavour of this classic encounter to be reignited with pure cricketing spirit, but some clouds out there in the sky, slightly dark in complexion, have other ideas.

Head to Head Battle

Matches

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Pakistan

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Overall (131)

54

73

4

In World Cup (6)

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India’s likely Playing XI

With no toss happening in the India-New Zealand game, the debate on who replaces Shikhar Dhawan remained a mystery. It still is a 50-50 choice between Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar, with KL Rahul most certainly opening the innings with Rohit Sharma. We could once again see Hardik Pandya bat up the order if the top three can bat out the first 35 overs.

Ravindra Jadeja finds no place in this XI with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal bowling brilliantly in the middle overs. Kedar Jadhav too is chipping in with a few overs when needed for Virat Kohli. Bhuvneshwar Kumar finally found some rhythm and his partnership with Jasprit Bumrah is beginning to blossom again.

Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik/Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

Pakistan’s likely Playing XI

The ever-unpredictable opening combination of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman will not face a more daunting task than this in terms of mental pressure. Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez are the only batsmen right now who are scoring runs regularly and they need the likes of Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali to chip in with some contributions.

All eyes will be on the exciting left-arm duo of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, who have been the most impressive bowlers from their side. Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali aren’t living up to the promise, but the motivation of playing against India should pump them up big time.

Probable XI: 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. 

Match Timings- 3:00 pm IST and 10:30 local

Broadcast Details- Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD.

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