India vs Pakistan: Key battles to watch out for
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan gear up for match number 22 of the ICC World Cup 2019.
One expects a cracking encounter at Old Trafford in Manchester.
The two teams have shared an intense rivalry across decades.
There are several star players in the mix. Here are the key battles in store for everyone.
Amir can test the Indian top order immensely
Mohammad Amir is in deadly form in 2019 World Cup and he will be decisive against India's top order.
Amir will look to bowl in-swinging deliveries against Rohit Sharma, who has faced issues against left-arm pacers.
KL Rahul will be up against real quality here and a stern battle is expected.
Amir has tested Virat Kohli in the past and things could get repeated.
Bumrah could be menacing for both Pakistani openers
Jasprit Bumrah's accuracy and Test match lengths can land both Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq into trouble.
JB has variety in his armor and his short balls in particular will test Imam.
Fakhar has been reckless with his shot-making and Bumrah will target the southpaw.
There is a lot of fire in Bumrah's bowling and he will be India's trump card.
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Chahal and Shadab crucial for their respective sides
After missing the last game, Shadab Khan is expected to be brought in by Pakistan.
His spin in the middle overs will be crucial.
Shadab will look to target Vijay Shankar in particular, who is likely to feature at number four.
For India, Yuzvendra Chahal has been amazing.
He will look to fox Mohammad Hafeez, who got out against Aaron Finch versus Australia.
Indian top order will fancy facing Afridi and Hassan
India's top three need to negotiate Amir well and they will be looking to attack the likes of Hasan Ali.
The latter has looked below his standards so far.
Another option for Pakistan is Shaheen Afridi.
The youngster was out of shape against the Aussies and if he gets a game, then India will look to make merry against his ordinary short balls.
An intense battle on the cards at Old Trafford
The match is set to start at 3:00 PM IST. It remains to be seen if rain disrupts the game. India go into the match as the favorites. Meanwhile, Pakistan cannot be ruled out in this high-octane clash.
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