About the Match
After a disappointing tour of Australia last year, India prepares to take on Pakistan in its first group match on 15th Feb at Adelaide as the two nations wait with bated breath to see their cricketing idols come out in full power to defeat the other. It will be an action-filled contest as the fight is set between the Pakistani bowlers and the Indian batsmen; although it is just the start of the world cup series, this match is surely going to draw a lot of attention from fans all over the globe. The contest between the two sides will surely be fierce and we are definitely going to have the match go down to the wire.
With Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan out of the squad, the bowling unit necessarily depends on Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz and youngsters like Ehsan Adil, Haris Sohail, Rahat Ali, Sohail Khan and Yasir Shah, who have immense talent and will need to bring in the wickets for the team. The batting line-up looks good with Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad set to open the innings and middle order batsmen like the experienced Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal and Shahid Afridi being in good form. However, the new comers who are not very familiar with the ground conditions here will need to watch and learn quickly to provide depth in the batting unit. Nasir Jamshed, Sohaib Maqsood and others will need to step up and ensure to keep the scoreboard ticking while Afridi, who is notorious for his unpredictability, will need to give a steady performance throughout. The team has worked very hard to prepare for this big challenge and it’s time for them to deliver on the ground by strategizing well and executing the plan to perfection.
Injuries worry the team and they have already made quite a few changes to the squad with Ishant Sharma being replaced by Mohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar set to miss the opening two games due to fitness issues. The pace attack will comprise of Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma, who have performed well but are yet to peak in these conditions; spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja along with Stuart Binny, Akshar Patel and Suresh Raina can surely spin their magic but need to be effective against the Pakistani batsmen, who are well known for their hard-hitting tactics as well. On the batting line-up, they have Shikhar Dhawan who is yet to go for the big runs and Rohit Sharma, who looks pumped up after scoring 150 runs against Afghanistan in the warm-up game. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahana, Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni will need to provide stability while youngsters Stuart Binny, Patel, Jadeja and Ashwin will come in handy with their all-rounder skills. Overall, the team though not at its best composition, will go forward with determination to defend the coveted title.
The hype is no less than the hysteria that’s always associated with contests between these bitter rivals; while India looks troubled by injury issues and had to make last minute changes Pakistan too is coping with some exclusions. Although Pakistan looks strong, they seem to be under pressure and we feel that India, which is better accustomed to the conditions and their batting will emerge victorious on Sunday.
Australia, 1.57 @ Bet365