ICC Cricket World Cup : India Vs Pakistan. Match 3:pm 16-06-2019
A total of four questions were posed to Shreyas Iyer at the post-match presser in Mohali, three out of them being about the biggest collapse in the history of IPL. If Iyer really had the answers, Delhi Capitals would now be sitting at the top of the table with four out of four wins. They don't, and "right now have broken hearts," according to Mohammad Kaif.
There's a sombre atmosphere around the South African camp on the eve of their game against India. When it rains it pours, as the saying goes. Dale Steyn being ruled out has forced them to reconsider their plans for the World Cup as skipper Faf du Plessis admitted. Lungi Ngidi, too, is out for at least ten days. That means that one of the few teams hinging on a bowling-first plan in the World Cup will now turn to its all-rounders to cover up the gaps.
It will be a test of temperament for the youngsters like Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi, who have hardly bowled to the world's best batsman.
The Old Trafford looks good for batting even though conditions will aid both seam and swing.
India's middle-order will have a role to play in the game. Dinesh Karthik's experience was supposedly the choice of the team management in the last game but that was factoring in a curtailed game.
In case of a full game, Vijay Shankar could be the No 4 if India wants a few overs of seam-up stuff from him or else stick to Karthik, who has more experience of pressure situations.
The seaming conditions and Pakistan's comfort against spinners might prompt Kohli to drop one among Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and go for Mohammed Shami, who could be devastating in these conditions.
Jasprit Bumrah will have a score to settle against Fakhar Zaman, bowling against whom, the last thing he would want is to overstep.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar would like to bowl that probing off-stump line which can keep opposition best bet Babar Azam at bay.
Mohammed Hafeez's years of experience will be up against Hardik Pandya's panache.
Last but not the least, India's 'Man of all seasons' Mahendra Singh Dhoni
will "lead" from the back and that will be the team's trump card.
When: June 16, 2019 at 3:00 pn Local Time, 15:00 IST
Where: The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
What to expect: Conditions are chilly and the morning start could mean that there'll be something for the pacers early on. Rain is forecast on the match day, so you could expect a few stoppages
Will it be Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Mohammed Shami as India's second pacer? That's the million dollar question ahead of the game. The No. 4 question, meanwhile, has been put to rest by KL Rahul hundred in the warm-up and Kedar Jadhav's return to full fitness. Bhuvneshwar could have an edge going into this game if India prefer two wrist spinners against South Africa, against whom they've had success before.
Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohmmed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan
Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shahdab Khan, Mohammed Hafeez, Mohammed Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Aamir, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali.
India (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Lokesh Rahul, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah