IND vs PAK: The biggest rivalry of cricket is back as team India locks horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in the 16th match of the T20 World Cup 2022 on Sunday, October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.
Pakistan has played an aggressive brand of cricket in the recent past and they will look to keep their winning momentum intact against the Men in Blue. On the batting front, they will highly rely on their openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan.
However, it is their bowling lineup that has been making headlines for quite some time now. Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf are the living nightmares for any batters facing them and it will not be any different for the Blues, who will be confronting their wrath on Sunday.
Coming to India, the Rohit Sharma-led side will be heading into the showpiece event without their premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah and star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Their batting unit, however, has looked in an ominous touch with the likes of KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Virat Kohli firing on all cylinders.
It will be a litmus test for their young bowling attack, which comprises the likes of Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh playing their first World Cup for India. The onus, however, will be on the senior pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar while Hardik Pandya will chip in with a couple of overs if required.
All in all, with two best T20 teams, having some of the best T20 players in the world taking the field against each other, an exhilarating and power-packed game beckons at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
IND vs PAK Match Details
- Match: India vs Pakistan, Match 16
- Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022
- Time: 1:30 PM (IST) / 8:00 AM (GMT) / 7:00 PM (Local)
- Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
- TV Broadcast: Star Sports Network
- Live Streaming: Hotstar
Pitch Report – Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
It’s a tailor-made surface for the batters to score runs easily. There will also be some bounce and carry for the bowlers in the initial stages of the game. However, as the game progresses, spinners will come into the picture.
The bowlers, especially quick ones need to be precise with their lines and lengths if they have to pick wickets here. Batting first should be an ideal choice here but teams opting to bowl first after winning the toss shouldn’t be an astonishing pick.
IND vs PAK Probable Playing XI
India Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin/Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel/Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh.
Pakistan Playing XI
Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Shan Masood, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Pitch Stats – Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
- Total matches played: 18
- Matches won batting first: 7
- Matches won bowling first: 10
- Average 1st Innings scores: 139
- Average 2nd Innings scores: 127
- Highest total recorded: 184/4 (20 Ov) by AUS-W vs IND-W
- Lowest total recorded: 74/10 (17.3 Ov) by IND vs AUS
- Highest score chased: 172/5 (20 Ov) by SL vs AUS
- Lowest score defended: 127/10 (18.4 Ov) by AUS vs PAK
India & Pakistan’s Last 5 Matches Stats
IND vs PAK Head-to-Head Records
- Matches Played: 11
- India Won: 8
- Pakistan Won: 3
IND vs PAK Player Record/Stats (Must Picks)
|Player||Stats (T20I Career)|
|Virat Kohli||3712 Runs|
|Rohit Sharma||3737 Runs|
|Babar Azam||3231 Runs|
|Mohammad Rizwan||2460 Runs|
|KL Rahul||2137 Runs|
|Suryakumar Yadav||1045 Runs|
|Hardik Pandya||989 Runs & 54 Wickets|
|Mohammed Shami||18 Wickets|
|Bhuvneshwar Kumar||85 Wickets|
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||47 Wickets|
IND vs PAK Captaincy Picks
- KL Rahul
- Suryakumar Yadav
- Mohammad Rizwan
IND vs PAK Dream11 Fantasy Team Prediction
Fantasy Team Suggestion 1
- Wicket-Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan
- Batters: Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Babar Azam, KL Rahul
- All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Shadab Khan
- Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
- Captain: KL Rahul
- Vice-Captain: Mohammad Rizwan
Fantasy Team Suggestion 2
- Wicket-Keeper: Mohammad Rizwan
- Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Babar Azam, KL Rahul
- All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya
- Bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
- Captain: Suryakumar Yadav
- Vice-Captain: Babar Azam
Probable Winner Of The Match
India is expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.