India and Pakistan will play each other at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, October 23, to start their T20 World Cup 2022 campaigns. Every cricket fan in the world has been waiting for the two biggest rivals to play each other, but the game hasn’t been confirmed yet because it’s supposed to rain in Melbourne.
After raining nonstop for three days, it finally stopped a day before the game, but heavy rain is still expected on game day. The competition will start if the weather is good for both teams. In the last T20 World Cup, India’s performance against Pakistan was disappointing, but the Men in Blue are in great shape right now.
India and Pakistan have played each other twice since the last world cup, and both times were at the Asia Cup 2022. Both games were nail-biters that kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the very end, when one team won. India beat Pakistan in the group stage of the continental event, but Pakistan won the Super Four competition.
India and Pakistan have played 11 T20Is so far, and the Men in Blue are ahead because they have won eight of them. Two of Pakistan’s three wins against India have happened in the past year, which is interesting. Pakistan’s chances are helped by the fact that they won the Tri-Series against New Zealand and Bangladesh, which ended earlier this month. India’s chances are helped by the fact that they won a couple of T20I series at home and also won the practice and warmup matches.
The pitch in Melbourne is known for being good for both the bat and the ball. In the first phase, the bowlers will get a strong bounce, but the spinners won’t get many bites. India has played here four times. Twice they have won, and once they have lost. Pakistan has only ever played one game in Melbourne, and they lost that game. If the captain wins the toss, he or she will try to bowl first.
IND vs. PAK Playing Combinations
India Team Report
The Indian team is playing well, and there are so many talented and promising players that it will be hard to pick a strong XI. With Pakistan as the opponent, India needs to put together their best team.
India Probable Playing XI
Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Pakistan Team Report
Afghanistan will have to face a big problem. They are put in the same group as big names like England, Australia, and New Zealand, and it won’t be easy to sail past these giants. But there have been many surprises at the T20 World Cup, so no team can be counted out.
Pakistan Probable Playing XI
Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, and Naseem Shah are expected to play.
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