Today, cricket rivals, India and Pakistan are locking horns in the World Cup 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom.
What is Pakistan’s strength?
Indeed, the form of experienced campaigner Mohammad Hafeez known by sobriquet Professor for his game awareness and cricketing mind. He seems to have found his form at the twilight of his career. Adding to that Pakistan’s reasonably decent opening pair comprising Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman and a good looking middle-order with Hafeez, Malik, Asif, Sarfaraz and Shadab, Pak will have a say.
Wahab, Amir, and Hassan are no mugs with the bat.
Moreover, the bowling form of Amir, Wahab, and Shadab should be a cause of concern for India.
Pakistan’s Achilles Heel:
Pakistan’s weakness, however, is their low-on-confidence and unimaginative skipper Sarfaraz. The penchant for collapse under a pressure cooker situation, especially while chasing a target, is a major weak area. The other concern obviously is the terrible form of Shoaib Malik. And why Asif fails to put a price tag on his wicket?
What is India’s strength?
Indeed, the one and only Mr. Kohli with the bat. In simple words, he is a run machine. The ability of Mr. Sharma to score big runs if he survives the hostile opening spells. Then, of course, Mr. Dhoni with all his experience with the bat and also his role with the wicket-keeping gloves behind the stumps. Let us not forget Bumrah, Bhuvi, and Chahal with the ball. Mind you, you can underestimate the game changer, Hardik Pandya, at your own peril.
India’s weakness is the absence of Mr. Dhawan which puts Rahul in difficult territory. The new ball in the hands of Amir and old ball in Wahab’s possession are two big challenges for India. Their fragile middle-order would be exposed if the top three fall inside 15 overs. Moreover, the absence of a decent fifth bowler. Pakistan can take advantage of the 10 overs which are likely to be bowled by lesser-known bowlers—Pandya and Jadhav.
Pakistan can win if they bat first and succeed in posting anything between 320-340 on the board. That will allow Pakistani bowlers to go after the Indian batting line-up with a cushion, which also means that Sarfaraz can set an attacking field for his bowlers. In case India bat first and score anything above 280, it could mean curtains for Pakistan.