Pakistan can tame India again! | sports
tgoy20 Cricket is the most popular and exciting form of the game. Small mistakes on the part of any team can benefit their opponents greatly. It is mostly a game of small guns. The hitting and running nature of this format requires a strike rate of over 100.
In this format, the batsmen do not have to be technically correct. They just have to be able to hit the ball hard and long. This type of cricket reduces the gap between the technically sound batsman and the average player.
Cricket is the most popular sport in the sub-continent. No other form of entertainment creates as much excitement and enthusiasm in this part of the world as cricket does.
People all over the world have been waiting for the high voltage game between Pakistan and India in the T20 World Cup which is going to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground today. This is the third match between the two teams since last year’s T20I World Cup in the UAE. Both teams won one each.
But in the latest edition of the T20 World Cup, Pakistan edged India by a whopping 10-wicket margin to end the jinx of not winning against India in the finals.
In the current World Cup, Pakistan is part of Group 2 of the tournament with India, South Africa and Bangladesh in their group. Both Pakistan and India will be desperate to start their World Cup campaigns on a winning note.
How people did this match can be judged by all the tickets for today’s match being sold out in a few hours. Around 1,50,000 fans are expected at the MCG, mostly Asians, to watch the sub-continent giants. According to some reports, it is expected to attract more than a billion viewers.
But the high voltage game is likely to be affected by rain, according to weather reports, there is about 60% chance that it will rain during the match and it will also be cold.
On the MCG court the ball will come to the bat nicely. The wicket always helped the batsmen with their natural stroke playing skills. The average first innings score at the MCG in the last two years has been around 165 innings. The draw will also be decisive and the winning captain will choose to run first.
The last time the two sides met in the 2021 T20I World Cup, Pakistan beat India by 10 wickets in the Super 12 match in Dubai to record their first ever victory over their arch-rivals in a World Cup finals.
In the previous seven editions, India (2007), Pakistan (2009), England (2010), West Indies (2012), Sri Lanka (2014), West Indies (2016) and Australia (021) have lifted the awards. Pakistan also beat India in the final of the 2017 Cricket Champions Trophy in England.
Pakistan lost the opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 Final against India by just five runs at Wanderers in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2007 when Misbah-ul-Haq failed to control his emotions. He picked a wrong shot when the Greenshirts were just one bound away from the Cup.
But Pakistan won the title two years later when Younis Khan and company held their nerve in the 2009 final against Sri Lanka and won by eight wickets at Lord’s.
India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2013 due to political tensions between the two countries.
After a disappointing 2021 T20 World Cup semi-final loss to Australia in Dubai last year, Pakistan once again had the chance to repeat their 2009 title-winning success.
Pakistan recently won the tri-series featuring New Zealand and Bangladesh. They peaked just in time. The team looks good on paper and if they solve their mediocrity problems they will be very hard to beat.
To beat India, Pakistan is likely to once again rely on the performance of the opening pair. The competitive total can provide a solid platform for the bowlers to attack the experienced Indian batsmen.
The opening pairing of Babar and Mohammad Rizwan has provided stability for the team. Both have been the mainstays of Pakistan’s fighting line-up over the past two years. They were the most prolific opening pair on the international circuit.
The duo were the heroes when Pakistan demolished India by 10 wickets in the World Cup last year and can once again lead their side to victory. Mohammad Rizwan was prolific against India too and he amassed 193 runs in just three innings.
Shaheen Shah Afridi, after missing the Asian Cup in the UAE, the seven-match T20I series against England at home, and the tri-series in New Zealand due to a right knee injury, will be key.
India’s batting looks stronger than Pakistan’s middle-order, but on the bowling side the green men have an advantage especially in the pace department after Shaheen’s comeback.
Afridi proved his fitness in the two warm-up matches against England, conceding only 7 runs in two matches, and later against Afghanistan, he took 2 wickets for 29 runs in the share of four overs.
He stunned Rehmanullah Gorbaz when bowling at the perfect wicker to trap his opening leg before wicket in the first innings and bowl Hazratullah Zazai in the second over.
Shaheen, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Muhammad Wasim with Shadab Khan and Muhammad Nawaz can challenge all teams in the World Cup.
Indian bowlers have been leaking runs with the bowl lately which will be a positive sign for the Pakistani batsmen. But the inclusion of fast bowler Mohammad Shami in place of the injured Boomrah in the squad will boost Indian bowling given his pace and bounce can create some problems for the Pakistani batsmen on the MCG track.
Pakistan’s pace attack proved too hot to handle when they last faced India in the 2021 T20I World Cup. Shaheen was the main destroyer with 3-31 runs. India will also struggle with left arm stitching.
Pakistan also has goalkeeper Rauf who is getting better and better with every match. He rocked England’s batsmen in the T20I series and took the most eight wickets in six matches at an average of 23.62 and an economy of 7.67.
After beating India twice last year, morale for Babar Azam & Co. is high, but the inconsistent middle-order is the area of greatest concern for Pakistan. Despite having many chances, the batsmen panic and throw their wicket away at the crunch. moments.
If the Middle Order supports the Fatahs – Babar and Rizwan – then Pakistan will have a fair chance to beat India again.
Pakistani players and fans are desperate to replicate last World Cup performance against India and the national team can do so if batting and fielding give full support to their powerful bowling attack.