On Sunday, one of the biggest rivalries in cricket will resume when India takes on Pakistan. Aside from Australia vs England, India’s rivalry with Pakistan is one of the fiercest and most anticipated. However, performance-wise in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the two are very far apart.
India come into this ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash on the back of an abandoned match against New Zealand, losing to them in the warmup earlier. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Pakistan, who lost their last match to Australia by 41 runs.
Another factor that works in India’s favour is their head-to-head clash, having met on 6 occasions. The Men in Blue have won all six encounters against their neighbours and rivals. India also leads in the highest score category, with 300 runs to Pakistan’s 273. The Indian team also lead in the lowest score category with 216 to 173.
It is also interesting to not that five out of the six matches have been won by India batting first. The highest margin of victory was in 2015 when India won by 76 runs
Predicted Playing 11
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir.
Weather and pitch report
Of course, the weather will be one of the biggest factors in the buildup to the highly anticipated ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match. The bad news is, there is heavily rain expected in the forecast and the intensity will be constant. Temperatures will likely range between 14 degrees Celsius and 17 degrees Celsius.
However, if the match does take place, Pakistan can take comfort in the fact that 18 out of 45 matches have been won by defending teams. In other words, it is a better idea to be the chasing team.
Prediction for match result
The Indian team will certainly be hobbled by the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, owing to injury. However, there are plenty of decent options to fill in the void left by Dhawan. Meanwhile, in the Pakistan camp, there is the issue of Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali’s forms. The good news for them is that the Men in Green have choice players to pick up the slack. All things considered, the Indian cricket team is probably the favourite to win this ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match.
In conclusion, the Men in Blue look like the stronger side and will be far fresher, considering that their last ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match got cancelled. However, Pakistan are capable of producing a surprise, considering that they beat England.