IND vs PAK: In one of the most anticipated clashes at the 20-20 World Cup 2022, India and Pakistan will lock horns with each other on Sunday at Melbourne Cricket Stadium. Rohit Sharma will be leading the Indian team for the first time in a World Cup. He will be keen to win the title for India and end the title drought. Rohit Sharma has a great batting line-up at his disposal, which is also India’s biggest strength.
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The likes of Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, and Hardik Pandya are in sensational form. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have been giving India aggressive starts and the fans would be expecting them to deliver once again on Sunday. Virat Kohli’s return to form is perhaps the biggest positive for the team. He will be the man to watch out for.
Mohammed Shami’s last-over heroics in the warm-up match against Australia should tempt India to include him in the playing XI. He should share the fast bowling duties alongside Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh. It will be interesting to see who gets the nod between Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin in the playing XI. Also, how Axar Patel delivers with the bat and ball would be crucial to the team’s fortune.
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On the other hand, the eyes will be on the likes of Shaheen Afridi. He will be making a comeback from injury. Given how he performed in the warm-up match, Afridi is, once again, likely to pose a great threat to the Indian batters. With the bat, M Rizwan will be the biggest bet for Pakistan.
The Number 1 T20I batter is in sensational form and the onus will be on him to give Pakistan a solid start. Masood got hit on his head in the training session. It’s not officially confirmed whether he is fit to play for not.
IND vs PAK Predicted XI
Here’s a look at the predicted playing XI of both sides:
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), S Masood/Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Asif Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
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