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The cricket world cup is the biggest event of the sport and the ICC World Cup 2019 edition has provided some excellent action on the field (when the rain has allowed it to). A number of highly awaited contests have been witnessed but now it is time for the biggest one of them all: India vs Pakistan World Cup 2019.
There is a history of war, conflict, and political differences between the two countries that elevate this contest to something beyond just another cricket match. Supporters from each side are happy to lose the world cup if they can just win this one match.
Traditionally, a lot of cricket has been played between the two sides but all bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan has been at a standstill since 2008 and they have only played each other in multi-nation events.
Pakistan has never won a match against India in the World Cup, a record that it would desperately want to correct. The last time these two teams met in England was the Champions Trophy final 2017 which Pakistan won.
Can they finally get over the line against India?
Oh, and there is a very good chance of rain causing interruptions to the match which is going to add to the intrigue around the contest as well.
India vs Pakistan ICC World Cup 2019 is going to be played at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on the 16th of June 2019.
India is unbeaten in the ICC World Cup 2019 as of now and has looked one of the best teams in the entire tournament. Confident wins against South Africa and Australia were followed by a rained-out encounter against New Zealand.
As good a start as they have had to their campaign, India goes into this match with a few major concerns. Shikhar Dhawan fractured his finger during the match against Australia and is going to be unavailable for this match.
He is a part of India’s famed top-3 and also scored a century in the previous game. His absence will mean that India has to get another player into the side and make some changes to its batting order also.
Lokesh Rahul traveled to England as the reserve opening batsman but cemented his place at number 4 in the warm-ups. He is now going to have to make another adjustment and come back to open the batting. It helps the Lokesh Rahul is in good form but this is going to be a massive test for him.
India now has to decide what to do about their number 4 slot. We think that they are going to include Vijay Shankar into the side since he did pretty well in New Zealand at that position. Shankar is also a brilliant fielder giving him the edge.
The other option that India has is to move up Dhoni and Jadhav one place and add Dinesh Karthik to the lower order.
India has so far played Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav backed up by Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav. We think they might consider playing Mohammad Shami in place of Kuldeep Yadav if the conditions remain overcast.
All in all, India has the bench strength to be able to adapt to the loss of Dhawan but doing so in a pressure match against Pakistan could really test their resolve.
Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, V Kohli, V Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, YS Chahal, JJ Bumrah.
One win from four matches has left Pakistan in a tough spot. They lost their match against the West Indies and their match against Sri Lanka was rained out as well. They must win at least four out of their remaining five matches in the ICC World Cup 2019 if they want to be sure of qualifying for the Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals.
To say that Pakistan is an unpredictable side is a cliché but it is well deserved. They collapsed in a heap against the West Indies and then scored close to 350 against England after which they once again failed to chase 307 against Australia.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, and Babar Azam are a dangerous top-3. Fakhar Zaman may not be very consistent but he will have good memories of taking apart India’s attack in the Champions Trophy final. Imam and Babar are much more consistent and must score runs if Pakistan has to have a chance.
Babar Azam is rated as one of the best ODI players in the world and this is the time to prove it.
Mohammad Hafeez is in excellent rhythm and is playing his best cricket at number 4. He has the power game to be able to accelerate when needed and is also very good against the spinners.
After these four the batting starts to become shaky. Sarfaraz Ahmed at 5 is a bit too high, Shoaib Malik is struggling for form and may be replaced by Haris Sohail while Asif Ali seems too one dimensional to be successful at this level of the game.
Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali can slog for a bit but they cannot be trusted to hang around against a quality bowling attack.
Pakistan also has to decide on its team combination for this match. They dropped Shadab Khan in the previous match and included Shaheen Afridi but that meant they had no quality spinner in the side. Mohammad Amir is back in wicket-taking form and he will be the biggest threat in this match.
His opening spell against the Indian top-order is going to determine which way the match goes.
If Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, and the rest can back him up then Pakistan definitely has the bowling to win.
Imam-ul-Haq, F Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, SI Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir.
The team winning the toss is going to want to bat second. There is a lot of rain that is going to be predicted and that will make conditions favorable for the fast bowlers. If the match is completed then DLS tends to favor the side batting second as well.
Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.
India vs Pakistan ICC World Cup 2019 is going to be played at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester. Everyone is going to have one eye in the sky because rain has already played havoc with the tournament.
The weather forecast is not good. There is a lot of rain expected to fall on match day. The current forecast suggests a 50% chance of rain throughout the day. We have to hope for a miracle otherwise the most awaited match of the tournament may be a washout.
The Dream 11 team for India vs Pakistan is being made hoping we get a result in. The weather has been terrible in Manchester and there is a very real possibility of a washout. Even if we do get a match, it is likely to be shortened in nature. Make sure to check in on Twitter (@cricketbettings) for the latest updates to the team after the toss has taken place.
Wicketkeeper: There are two options here, MS Dhoni and Sarfaraz Ahmed. Both are good options because they play a crucial role in the middle order. We think that picking MS Dhoni is a better option in this match since he may move up a batting position.
Batsmen: Both the teams are reliant on their top-order for runs. We have picked Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, and Vijay Shankar in our side. Imam ul Haq was another compelling option but he proved to be a bit too expensive to fit in the team. Vijay Shankar's place, is, of course, assuming that he is picked in the final eleven. We can substitute Lokesh Rahul or even Dinesh Karthik in the side if Shankar is not in the team.
All-rounders: Mohammad Hafeez and Hardik Pandya are two very important options in this category. We think it is a must to have both these players in the side because of their high point-scoring potential. Hafeez is Pakistan's most valuable batsman in the middle and bowls regularly while Hardik Pandya is India's power hitter and fourth bowler.
Bowlers: Pakistan's fast bowling riches are plenty and we have decided to include Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz into our side. Mohammad Amir is in good form and also has a good record against India. If Pakistan bowls first, then he could be unplayable under overcast conditions. Wahab Riaz has been bowling with genuine pace and is always a threat. The third bowler that we have picked is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. He is at his best when the ball is swinging and that is what we think will happen in Manchester. Batsmen also tend to attack him and prefer to be more cautious against Jasprit Bumrah.
Captain and Vice-Captain: We have picked Virat Kohli as captain and Mohammad Amit as the vice-captain for this match.
India has won four out of the last five matches it has played against Pakistan including two in the Asia Cup without the presence of Virat Kohli in the side. That being said, the Pakistan bowling lineup is a force to be feared in cloudy conditions.
The absence of Shikhar Dhawan has made the contest much more even in our opinion, however, we still think that India has a better set of players to win this match. Their batting lineup is better, they have a world-class bowling attack, and they are a far better fielding unit than Pakistan.
Only individual brilliance can help Pakistan win this match.
Bet on India to win.
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