The time for much-hyped action-pack battle has finally come as arch-rivals India and Pakistan are finally going to face each other in the 22nd match of ICC World Cup 2019 on June 16th at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Indian cricketers have played total three matches so far in this World Cup tournament whereas Pakistan has played four games. Reigning on the fourth position with five points in the ongoing cricket cup tournament, India opened its campaign with a brilliant six-wicket win against South Africa at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground. Indians kept their winning-momentum alive in the second match also where they defeated five-time World Champions Australia by 36 runs at ‘The Oval’ stadium. Their last match against top-ranked New Zealand was called off due to heavy rain at Trent Bridge stadium on June 13th after which Indian cricket fans looked very disappointed. With their next game against Pakistan, men in blue will try to maintain the same kind of dominance at Trafford’s pitch.
On the other hand, Pakistan who grabbed only one victory against England so far is looking forward to turning their fortunes in the match against rivals India. Pakistani cricketers started their World Cup campaign horribly as they faced the fierce defeat against West Indies by seven wickets at Trent Bridge stadium. In their second match against hosting team England, the green army bounced back vigorously. Good performances by Babar Azam and Mohammed Hafeez in the game led their side to seal the match by 14-run victory against the hosts. Their third match against Sri Lanka was called off due to heavy rain at Bristol County Ground. The green army then faced another shock in their last match against Australia where the defending champions beat the squad by 41 runs at County Ground stadium, Taunton.
Manchester Weather Forecast
Black clouds could dominate the weather of Manchester on Sunday during the match of India vs Pakistan in ICC World Cup 2019. According to the weather reports, brief spells of rain showers are expected to interrupt the much-hyped match. Though, the blazing sun could shine at the time of second innings but earlier rain would be the major distraction for both the squads.
The very old arch-rivals India and Pakistan have a long head-on-head history in World Cup fixtures as both the teams had faced each other in total six encounters in grand cricket cup tournaments so far. Interestingly, Indian tigers have clinched all of the six matches against Pakistan in the prestigious fixtures. As per their One Day Internationals (ODIs) record India and Pakistan have played total 131 matches against each other out of which blues had won 54 and Pakistan came out with 73 victories while four matches have ended with no results.
The much-awaited match between India and Pakistan at ICC World Cup 2019 will be broadcasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports Kannada, Star Sports Telugu, and Star Sports Bengali. The match will be online broadcasted on Hotstar application.
Pakistan Vs India National Cricket Team
India’s probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (Captain), Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (Wicket-Keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammad Shami
Pakistan’s probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Hairs Sohail, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (Captain and Wicket-Keeper), Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan