Start Time:3:00 IST
Venue: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester
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Head-to-Head in World Cups-
India have played six games against Pakistan and won all of them. Pakistan have majority of their games while batting second in the World Cup competition. It will interesting to see whether India continues their winning runs for this game.
2011 World Champions will have two changes in the playing XI for this game. Shikhar Dhawar has ruled out of this game due to hairline fracture. This means that Lokesh Rahul will take his place at the opening slot along with Rohit Sharma. Rahul will take heart from the fact that he has scored a T20 century against England at this venue last year.
Vijay Shankar will be coming in at no.4 and will provide value with medium pace bowling. Indian Captain Virat Kohli will be eyeing a big score in this game. In the previous edition of World Cup, Kohli smashed a century against Pakistan to see India cruise to a comfortable win. India will be hoping Kohli can deliver the goods in the high-octane game against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Wicket-keeper MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya will be given the task to go berserk in the final 1o to 15 overs of the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jaspreet Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will premier bowling options for this game.
On the other hand, Pakistan will be looking to break their winless streak against India in World Cup competition. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will also make changes for this game and bring Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim for this must-win game.
The side will be relying on the top order batsmen like Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq and Babar Azam to do the bulk of the scoring. One of these three need to get a big score if Pakistan wants to beat India in this game. Mohammad Hafeez has been consistent performer so far in this World Cup. He will be looking to continue his good form with the bat in this game.
Shadab Khan will come in place of Shaheen Afridi, who did not go well against Australia. Pinch-hitter might make way for Imad Wasim, who will provide value with bat and ball.
Mohammad Amir is currently the leading wicket taker in this World Cup with 10 wickets to his name. He will one bowler to watch out in this fixture.