ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: The Highly Anticipated Pakistan vs India Clash Likely To Be Affected By Rain
When the ICC World Cup fixtures are announced, the first thing every die-hard cricket lover does is look for the date of the Pakistan vs India encounter.
Match 22 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 pits Pakistan against familiar foe India, with rain likely to play a part in the outcome of the match.
“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain”. This quote by Batman Comic-book character Harvey Dent echoes for Pakistan Cricket Team in the wake of the most anticipated match of the World Cup.
Pakistan has never won a World Cup match vs India. The pressure is mounting on Sarfraz and his teammates to deliver, especially after a disappointing end to their match against Austalia. Pakistan is currently 9th in the points table with three points. A win would see them climb up to 5th place.
Sarfraz Ahmed can take heart from the fact that his side defeated India in the ICC Champions Trophy Final in 2017.
Pakistan vs India – Big Picture
On paper, Team India outguns the Green Shirts in just about every department. But this is Pakistan we’re talking about. With their backs against the wall, they usually turn up and defy all logic on their way to greatness.
Pakistan vs India is the most watched sporting event in the world. Its viewership is higher than that of the FIFA World Cup Final or the Super Bowl. An estimated 1 billion+ viewers are expected to tune in to watch this contest unfold if weather permits.
Steve Elworthy, director of Marketing and Communications for the England and Wales Cricket Board, revealed that the ICC has received 400,000 applications for tickets. He further added that they “could have packed out Wembley four times over”
On the cricket field, Virat Kohli’s side has looked rock solid in their first two matches. Their third match vs New Zealand was washed out. Their bowling attack is one of the best in the world, something which Pakistan once used to have bragging rights over.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s side has lost 12 of their last 13 completed ODIs, but it is notable that the win came last week against England when it really mattered.
The top three batsmen all average above 50. Although, Fakhar Zaman’s recent form is a mild concern. And while the pace attack isn’t quite the threat they would like it to be, a resurgent Mohammad Amir may look to torment India’s top order once more. Shadab Khan, set to return after being dropped against Australia in a move that didn’t quite work out, is one of the few that matches his Indian counterparts for ability.
Pakistan vs India – A Game of Emotions
For India, the challenge will be to rise above the emotions of a derby game, while Pakistan must try and frame it as such. Stripped bare of emotions, the gulf between the two sides is a gaping chasm.
Pakistan has always crumbled under pressure against their fiercest rivals in ICC World Cup matches. However, they tasted their first ever win against India in a major ODI tournament at the ICC Champions Trophy Final. Perhaps this is something they can build on and upset Team India once again. Were it to be the case, this World Cup, marred by bad weather, might just find the spark it has so plaintively awaited in its opening fortnight.
India (probable): 1 Rohit Sharma. 2 KL Rahul. 3 Virat Kohli (capt). 4 Vijay Shankar. 5 MS Dhoni (wk). 6 Kedhar Jadhav. 7 Hardik Pandya. 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar. 9 Kuldeep Yadav. 10 Yuzvendra Chahal. 11 Jasprit Bumrah.
Pakistan (possible): 1 Imam-ul-Haq. 2 Fakhar Zaman. 3 Babar Azam. 4 Mohammad Hafeez. 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk). 6 Haris Sohail. 7 Shoaib Malik/Asif Ali/Imad Wasim. 8 Shadab Khan. 9 Wahab Riaz. 10 Hasan Ali. 11 Mohammad Amir.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch is flat, with almost no sign of green, which should suggest a high-scoring game. However, there is inclement weather predicted for the evening, meaning whoever wins the toss will look to put the opposition in.
Match 22: Pakistan vs India
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
When: Sunday, 16 June
Time: 02:30 pm PST, 9:30 am GMT