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India vs Pakistan Live Score, World Cup 2019: India off to a sedate start – Times of India

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OVERS 5.6: BIG HIT! Rohit pulls over mid-wicket for the first six of the match. India 32/0 in 6 overs

OVERS 5.4: FOUR! Rohit hits a wide delivery from Hasan through the covers for his third boundary.
India 26/0

India 20/0 after 5 overs

OVERS 4.4: Amir gets another official warning, another warning and he is out of the attack

OVERS 4.2: FOUR! Rahul pulls a short delivery from Amir to the mid-wicket fence

OVERS 3.3: FOUR! Rohit drives a Hasan delivery through mid-off for his second boundary

OVERS 2.3: Amir gets an official warning for running on the pitch, he had gone down the pitch to stare at Rohit after bowling a bouncer

OVER 1.3: FOUR! First runs for India as Rohit gets an inside edge on the ball that came in sharply and the ball runs away to the fine leg fence

Hasan Ali shares the new ball with Amir

Amir starts with a maiden in overcast conditions

ALL SET! Rahul on strike to Amir

Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul walk out to open the innings for India, Mohammad Amir starts the proceedings for Pakistan

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bowl against India at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Vijay Shankar makes his World Cup debut and what’s interesting is that both teams have chosen to play two specialist spinners each.

After winning the toss Sarfaraz Ahmed said, “We will bowl first. It is raining so conditions are good for bowling. We have quality spinners and we have backed them today. We are not thinking about 6-0.”

Virat Kohli said, “We would have bowled first to be honest. Wicket looks really nice though and we have two wrist spinners in our team. We will be in good stead if we bat well. That’s the kind of attention this game brings but once you enter the field it is all about playing your game. We have been playing good cricket and we don’t want to tinker much with the team combination. We have one forced change, Shikhar misses out and Vijay Shankar comes in his place. He is a solid batsman.”

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir

In his pitch report, Michael Clarke said, “the toss won’t matter a lot. States it looks a good wicket, it is a little dry and there is a little moisture underneath the wicket as there was rain yesterday. Mentions It should be a good batting wicket but you have to get through the new ball. Ends by saying the weather might play a role in the decision taken by the captains during the toss as DLS could come in play.”


Manchester Weather Update: At the moment it is not raining in Manchester, the sun is out but there are chances of rain at 2:30 PM IST

Manchester Weather Update: Showery spells are expected throughout the United Kingdom on Sunday.

The forecast is that light showers are on the cards on Sunday afternoon, thus affecting the marquee clash between the arch-rivals. Considering the unpredictability of the English weather, anything is possible.

Dark clouds hovered over Old Trafford for most of Saturday, a grim reminder that weather may have the last laugh. As it is, met forecasters are anticipating rain on Sunday, with a higher probability of it in the second half of the day. Clearly, the teams will have to keep it in their plans for the game as a curtailed game and the Duckworth-Lewis equation are very much on the cards.

Pakistan have the better of the overall head-to-head record between the two countries, winning 73 of the 131 one-day internationals contested between the sides, to India’s 54, but at the World Cup it is a different story.

India have come out on top in all six meetings at the global showpiece, starting with a 43-run triumph back in 1992 and most recently securing a 76-run victory in 2015.

With KL Rahul expected to open the batting for India in the absence of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, more pressure could fall on the shoulders of Virat Kohli at three.

But the Indian skipper seems impervious and has carried the team on his back plenty of times during his 11-year international career.

Kohli, ranked the number-one batsman in ODIs, demonstrated his form with a classy knock of 82 against Australia and has a healthy average of 45.90, with two tons and a half-century, in his 12 ODIs against Pakistan.

As the number one bowler in the ODI rankings, Jasprit Bumrah provides India with a consistently potent weapon.

But he will have something to prove on Sunday, having taken just four wickets in four matches against Pakistan.

An average of 35.75 against Pakistan is not in the same league as his stellar mark of 21.98 during his ODI career as a whole.

But the 25-year-old has already demonstrated his quality during this World Cup, with five wickets so far.

India vs Pakistan Live Score, World Cup 2019: India off to a sedate start – Times of India

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