The Clash of Decades-Long Rivals: India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup Preview
India and Pakistan are all set to lock horns on October 23, 2022 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. India will be trying to exact revenge for their most recent World Cup loss to Pakistan. For these two countries, this is hardly a typical T20 World Cup match. A billion people will be watching India in particular, which will put them under a lot of strain.
There isn’t much space for error. Both sets of supporters are willing to accept their team being eliminated from the T20 World Cup. However, a defeat to the bitter adversaries will not be accepted.
The T20 World Cup 2022’s highly anticipated match will be held at Melbourne Cricket Ground. The MCG pitch offers a level playing field between bat and ball, in contrast to the UAE surfaces from the previous year.
Therefore, it’s possible that the toss won’t be as important as it was the previous time these two teams faced off in an ICC match. The team suffered a severe loss when Jasprit Bumrah was forced to withdraw from the T20 World Cup owing to injury.
Millions of Indian supporters now have reason for optimism thanks to Mohammad Shami’s recent performance in the exhibition game. After recovering from an injury, Shaheen Shah Afridi is well and rejoining the Pakistan T20 lineup. The seasoned pacer will be a crucial bowler for Pakistan to put India on the back foot alongside Naseem Shah.
What to Expect from the Indian Side?
While Indian cricket analysts may not rank India as the favourites to win the T20 World Cup, everyone anticipates that they will defeat Pakistan at the MCG.
India enters this game with a lot going for it. The resurgence of Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, and KL Rahul, as well as their better strike rates, have all come at a crucial time for the men in blue.
For a long time, the lower middle order has been in excellent touch. Since his injury-related comeback last year, Hardik Pandya has been reliable with the bat. He picked up bowling again during the most recent IPL season, and he is now an essential bowling option for India in T20Is.
In and of himself, Dinesh Karthik is a fantastic example of a comeback. After some outstanding hitting in the IPL, he won a berth in the national team and is now a dependable lower-order batter. There is some disagreement over whether Karthik finishes races. And between Karthik and Pant, who should India pick?
India’s other considerations include selecting the ideal bowling combination. Arshdeep Singh and Harshal Patel also appear to be the most likely candidates in the bowling attack, while Shami is prepared to replace Bumrah.
What to Expect from Pakistani Side?
A record-breaking victory over India by Pakistan last year, led by Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, will go down in history. After a year, not much has changed for Pakistan, who still largely dependent on their top-order batsmen.
When the openers falter, the middle order has yet to intervene and save the day. The majority of the time, Pakistani teams have lost when their openers falter.
Despite having some elite bowlers on the team, Pakistan may not have a good chance of winning this year if the batting order is inconsistent.
Pakistan made a wise decision during the exhibition games. Babar did not play for the squad, and neither did Rizwan. It was also an excellent test for the rest of the group to perform without them.
For Pakistan, the situation is not favorable if Babar and Rizwan are quickly fired. Even though Shan Masood is a potential top batter in T20, his strike rate isn’t particularly high.
In the PSL and other T20 competitions, Asif Ali and Mohammad Nawaz are well-known for their explosive performances. They will be held accountable for Pakistan’s lower-order performance.
But the main impact players will be Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, and Shaheen Afridi. The swing of the new ball bowlers can significantly harm the Indian side.
Weather Report: One of the best pitches with the best balance among bat and ball is found at the MCG. Early in the innings, the new ball bowlers can benefit from movement and bounce, while the hitters can later play their blows freely. On the day of the game, there will be cloud cover and a high temperature of 21 degrees Celsius.
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