The ICC World Cup 2019 was in full flow till the rain started interrupting the competition. In the past editions of the tournament, two matches were abandoned due to the rain. One being in 1979 and other came in the last World Cup.
However, the current edition has already crossed that number as three games have already been ended with no result due to the wet pitches.
The bad weather conditions in England will just increase in the coming days and we might see more matches ending with no result in the ongoing World Cup. One of these matches is going to take place today in Manchester.
Yes, we are talking about one of the biggest rivalries in the world of cricket, India vs Pakistan. There are 50% chances of rain in the second half of the game, which might end this fixture with no result. In that case, both the sides will be given one point each.
If this match gets abandoned, then Pakistan will move to the sixth spot with four points from five games. While India will remain on the fourth spot with six points from four matches.
Pakistan have never defeated India in the history of the World Cup. The score currently stands at 6-0 in the favor of Men in Blue. Will this become 7-0 or 6-1? Well, it completely depends whether rain act as a spoilsport in today’s fixture or not.
India (Probable XI): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami.
Pakistan (Probable XI): Imam ul Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (C&WK), Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Shahdab Khan, Mohammad Amir.
Virat Kohli vs Mohammad Amir
One of the best current ODI batsman, Virat Kohli, is all set to take on the young talented bowler of Pakistan, Mohammad Amir. This battle is going to be an interesting one as both the players give their everything in order to help their side in winning the game.
The Indian skipper is currently ranked one in the ICC ODI batsman ranking and that clearly suggests how good he has been since last World Cup. Kohli failed to perform in the opening game of the ongoing competition but his 82 runs inning against Australia suggested that he can’t be taken lightly.
Amir, on the other hand, has been phenomenal in the current edition of the World Cup. The Pakistan bowler has already picked 10 wickets from three games. This has also made him the third highest wicket-taker of the ongoing tournament.
The Pakistan pacer will bowl outside the off-stump balls to Kohli as that is the only weakness of the Indian batsman. The Australian bowlers also tried the same trick to get rid of the Indian skipper. However, they failed as the Indian batsman played smartly against them.
If Kohli wants to play big innings, then he has to play Pakistan bowler in the same manner as he played the Australian bowlers. This will not only help the batsman in playing a crucial inning for his side but will also boost his confidence for the coming fixtures of the tournament.
Yuzvendra Chahal vs Mohammad Hafeez
In the last couple of years, Yuzvendra Chahal has turned out to be an asset for the Indian team in the middle overs. The Indian spinner has picked 22 wickets with an economy rate of 5.60 in his last 9 ODIs. This has also made him the fourth highest wicket-taker in ODIs this year.
Chahal is also the fourth highest wicket-taker in the ongoing World Cup with six wickets in last two games. This makes him a big threat for other sides, especially the batsman who face issues against the spinners.
The one thing that makes Chahal a deadly bowler is that he always takes a risk. The Indian spinner is never afraid of getting hit for boundaries as he understands that this can get him a wicket.
The Pakistan batsman, who will be against Chahal is Mohammad Hafeez. The all-rounder has been one of the consistent players of Men in Green in the current competition.
Hafeez played 84 runs inning against England that helped Pakistan in putting up a huge total for the hosts. The all-rounder looked in great touch in this game and he continued that in the next game against Australia. However, the one thing that stood common in both the innings was playing a careless shot and getting out.
So, looking at the previous two innings of Hafeez. It makes him a big prey for Chahal, who always get rid of players that are ready to play an unnecessary shot.
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The chances of rain are too high in this game and that might lead us to no result in this fixture. This will be a huge loss not only for the cricket fans but also for ICC. As they might suffer a loss of Rs 137.5 crores if this match is washed out.
In case, this match takes place today. Then there are huge chances that it will end in the favor of Men in Blue. The reason being that the Indian team is in a better form and has a balanced squad in comparison to the Men in Green.
This encounter won’t be a one-sided as both the sides have good pacers in their side. Also, the overcast condition and wind will help the bowlers. So, Cricwizz believes that it will be a close battle, but India will emerge as the ultimate winners.
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