By Thanmay Manohar
India Vs Pakistan, the very mention of a contest between the two can give you goosebumps to any cricket fan. It is one of the matches where emotions run high. A game the two biggest cricketing rivals is scheduled to take place in Manchester on 16th June. India will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan. While the Men in Blue look to keep the momentum going, Pakistan would want to end their losing streak against India in the world cup.
Indias Vs Pakistan Weather Forecast, Manchester Rain Probability
Even though the skies are not all that clear, the weather forecast for Sunday's game holds a promise for cricket enthusiasts who are waiting with bated breath to catch all the action. Several pubs, apartments are planning to screen the India-Pakistan world cup on a gigantic LED screen for maximum enjoyment, the more the crowd the merrier when it comes to such high-octane matches. Back to the climate, well the weather is expected to be a little cloudy, but the chances of rain are minimal, at least as per latest reports from the weathermen. It will be a welcome relief for both the teams, who have already seen washouts in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. Pakistan’s game against Sri Lanka in Bristol was ruined by the rain while India's match against New Zealand in Nottingham on Thursday suffered the same fate.
After Shikar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury, young Rishabh Pant has arrived at Manchester. Pant will not be a part of the squad and cannot play in any of the matches unless India officially sends Dhawan out of the World Cup. India, though, are not in any hurry to take that step. Assistant coach Sanjay Bangar on Wednesday explained that India was not yet ready to let go of a 'precious player' like Dhawan so early. Instead the team is willing to give him time to recover.
In this world cup, India has won 2 of the 3 matches while Pakistan has only won 1 of their 4 matches.
India Vs Pakistan World Cup Manchester Pitch Report
The ball is certainly expected to turn and both teams should field their spinners for this clash. Also, the playing surface is usually pretty dry and crusty making the ball ample for reverse swing during the later stages of the innings. The new ball doesn't swing too much making this a good batting surface but the overcast conditions expected might turn the fixture in favour of the bowler.
India-Pakistan Head to head records
Overall, Pakistan leads with 73-54 of the 127 completed ODIs against India.
Meanwhle, India has never lost to Pakistan in the World Cup and enjoy a huge 6-0 lead over its rivals.
There are always some key players when it comes to big matches. For India, the key players are Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Yuzavendra Chahal. The players to watch out for on the Pakistan side include Babar azam, Facker Zaman and Imam-ul-haq.
India would want both their batsmen and bowlers to show aggression like they did in the game against Australia. Pakistan’s bowlers is being dubbed as just okay but their batsmen might go all guns blazing against India, given the pressure to perform against the country.
So, are you ready to watch most nail-biting encounters in the history of the World Cup? Will rain dampen the spirits of millions of cricket fans who are praying for a miracle or the rain Gods show some mercy? Stay tuned for updates.
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