Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) - The much-awaited clash of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup between two former champions and traditional rivals -- India and Pakistan -- is set to take place on Sunday at Old Trafford in Manchester.
Before heading to the match, India remained unbeaten in the 10-nation fray after winning two of their first three games with the other match against New Zealand being washed out due to rain in Trent Bridge on Thursday.
On the other hand, Pakistan lost two of their first four games. They beat hosts England by 14 runs and the other match against Sri Lanka was washed out.
Pakistan have so far played six matches against their archrivals India in the World Cups, but failed to register any win. So, this time, they are keen to end their winning drought in the World Cup.
They faced each other in a World Cup in England at the same venue back in 1999 where India came up victorious by 47 runs.
However, Pakistan can find the confidence to overshadow India in the World Cup from their win in the final of the last ICC Champions Trophy in England when Fakhar Zaman hit a ton to win the title for Pakistan.
India are a strong side for Pakistan in the World Cups while Pakistan are ahead of India outside the World Cups as both teams played 131 ODIs in total, in which, Pakistan won 73 matches and India got the results to their side in 54 encounters. The remaining four matches ended with no result.
India will miss the service of Shikhar Dhawan in this all-important clash as the opener has been ruled out of the action for three weeks.
India have already called up Rishabh Pant as a backup option. Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar will fill up the gap of Dhawan in the playing XI while Lokesh Rahul is likely to open the innings along with Rohit Sharma.
Pakistan, on the other hand, will rely heavily on their pace duo -- Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. They have the experience and aggression to overcome the challenge of the famous Indian batting prowess.
As in any other match of this World Cup, the cloud remains one of the big concerns ahead of this classic clash as well. As per the latest weather update, rain might play a role in this game but will not ruin it for good.
India’s probable XI: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal amd Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan’s probable XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) - Defending champions Australia posted a mammoth total of 334 runs for 7 in 50 overs against Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Kennington Oval on Saturday thanks to Aaron Finch's 153 runs, the joint-highest individual knock in this World Cup with Joe Root of England.
Australia, who scored 237 for 2 in 40 overs, added 97 runs in the last 10 overs losing five more wickets. The lower order of Australia was not up to the mark today. However, this deficit was overshadowed by their big total of 334 for 7, featuring a record 173 runs in the 3rd wicket stand by Finch and Steve Smith in the ongoing World Cup.
Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first. David Warner and Aaron Finch added 80 runs in the opening stand to prove that they are equipped well to bat against Sri Lanka’s bowling attack.
Warner, who struck a ton in the previous game, fell for 26 off 48 with two fours. Dhananjaya de Silva was the man to break the opening stand of Australia. Warner came forward to cut the ball to the cover area but misjudged the line and lost his stumps.
Within 20 more runs, Australia lost Usman Khawaja too. This time, de Silva bowled a tossed up delivery. Khawaja swept it through the mid-wicket area. Isuru Udana managed an excellent low catch to remove Khawaja for 10.
However, in the third wicket stand, Australia added 173 runs with Steve Smith partnering with Finch scoring 73 runs off 59 balls featuring seven fours and a six. Before the Smith’s removal by Lasith Malinga, Finch fell for 153 off 132 with 15 fours and five sixes.
Along with Finch and Smith, Glenn Maxwell was also rhythmic in the middle as he struck 46 off 25 balls with five fours and one six. He remained unbeaten at the end of their innings. Shaun Marsh, Alex Carey and Pat Cummins failed to accelerate the innings during the death overs as they fell respectively for 3, 4 and 0.
For Sri Lanka, Dhananjaya and Udana took two wickets each conceding 40 and 57 runs respectively while Lasith Malinga took one and the rest two wickets were trapped by run-out.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) - Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim suffered a blow on his right hand during a net session at Somerset Ground at Taunton, England on Saturday.
He left the ground immediately afterwards with Bangladesh physio Thihan Chandramohan.
However, the team management is yet to reveal the details about Mushfiqur’s blow. As per the latest report from Taunton, the right-handed batsman is taking initial treatment.
Right after Mushfiqur’s incident, a local net bowler, who is helping Bangladeshi batsmen prepare for their next game, got a blow on his head when Mohammad Saifuddin played a shot during the net session.
Thihan had to come out again to treat that bowler. As per the latest development, the young bowler stopped bowling at the net and took initial treatment.
Bangladesh are now gearing up for their next game in the World Cup against West Indies on June 17 at the Taunton.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) — Bangladeshi pacers should concentrate more on consistency and control than speed to succeed in the World Cup, Tigers’ bowling coach Courtney Walsh said Friday.
Bangladesh have played four matches in the World Cup so far and won just one against South Africa. In the other three matches, they lost two and one was washed out due to rain.
Tigers are now getting ready to face West Indies on June 17 at Taunton.
“Pace is sometimes helpful for fast bowlers. But to me, consistency and control are more important. You can recoup the pace with your variations, and we have been successful this way,” Walsh told the media.
Bangladesh used three pacers including Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin. They scalped 11 wickets altogether.
Saifuddin was the most successful of the three, taking six wickets in three matches while Mustafizur took four and Mashrafe bagged one. Walsh believes Bangladeshi pacers can be more successful if they focus on their accuracy.
“The boys have been sweating enough in the practice sessions to keep the ball in the right areas. They went through some bad days. We have to keep our consistency and I believe that we have the ability as well,” Walsh told the media.
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB)— Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl first against Australia on Saturday at Kennington Oval, London.
Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne said the wicket was under the cover for the rain. So it might help the bowler at the start of the game, and this is why they opted to bowl first against the defending champions.
Citing the same reason, Australian captain Aaron Finch told the broadcaster that he too would have opted to bowl first.
Before this match, Sri Lanka played four games and two of them were washed out due to rain. Of the remaining matches, they won one and lost the other.
Australia, on the other hand, played as many matches and won three of them and lost one.
Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Kusal Perera(w), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep