India vs Pakistan: The marquee clash between the arch-rivals
The most awaited game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is here as Virat Kohli-led India is all set to take on Pakistan at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. Cricket fans across the globe are praying that the rain gods stay away from Old Trafford. 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.
Considering the unpredictability of the English weather, anything is possible.
The weather played hide and seek on Saturday with sun jostling through the threatening clouds intermittently, brightening up things.
History, geography, politics, diplomacy… India-Pakistan matches have had little to do with cricket and lots to do with rhetoric and grandstanding. However, at the end of the day, it’s only a game of cricket. The coaches would like to treat it as ‘just another game’, even if it’s the World Cup and so much is at stake. Otherwise, the pressure would be intense and performance meager.
The Trollers and The Meme makers have done their job efficiently and entertained all of us ahead of the match, now the players will start soon!
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The last time the two countries met in England, it was Amir’s opening burst which shut India out in the 2017 Champions Trophy final at The Oval, the left-arm pacer scalping Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan for next to nothing. India is aware of the Amir threat. Skipper Virat Kohli said he and the other batsmen in the team backed themselves to counter the impact bowlers.
India is obviously a more professional, well-rounded team and are the favorites for the game. A crucial area where they can outplay Pakistan is fielding. But if it’s a curtailed game, luck can edge pluck.
Pakistan, who have never beaten India in the World Cup, will have to be at their best to beat this Indian side. Their coach Mickey Arthur said that his boys were very excited about the game and in a very good space. It’s time to execute the plans and put the jinx to rest.
It’s all set for the mega battle. Over to the weather gods.