India and Pakistan are all set to face each other for the seventh time in the history of ODI World Cups, and there is a huge excitement among cricket fans across the world. There is always immense hype around this fixture but all the games played between India and Pakistan at the World Cups have ended up being one-sided.
And, considering the recent form and performances in the 2019 edition, we could see the same trend continuing in Manchester this time around.
Let's have a look at the five reasons why India will win against Pakistan.
India's speedster Jasprit Bumrah will be the biggest challenge for Pakistan's top order at Old Trafford. Bumrah is world's number 1 bowler in ODIs and his first spell can expose their weakness against the moving ball and short-pitched deliveries. Bumrah will bowl a lot of length balls climbing steeply towards Pakistan's opening batsmen and, in all likelihood, will take a couple of wickets with the new ball.
India are arguably the best fielding side in the tournament. The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya are all outstanding fielders and they keep the rest of the squad motivated to give their best on the field. Indian cricketers have been at their best on the field in the two matches they have played so far and converted half chances to win key moments.
On the other side, Pakistani fielders have dropped catches, missed run-out chances and given easy runs. On 16th June, fielding will be a key factor as always and considering how things have gone in the tournament so far, India, in all likeliness, will outperform Pakistan in the 'third' department of the game.
Pakistan's middle-order has collapsed in two out of the three matches they have played in the 2019 World Cup. The likes of Asif Ali, Haris Sohail and Shoaib Malik are out of form and this is why a middle-order collapse is a big possibility on 16th June. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is in a very good form and will pose a big threat to these out of form batters.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are two of the best batsmen in ODI cricket and both of them are in very good scoring form. Rohit has been very watchful at the top of the order and has negotiated the first ten overs very well against two strong bowling units -- South Africa and Australia. Many pundits believe that he struggles against left-arm fast bowlers especially when the ball comes in, but he showed solid technique against Mitchell Starc and scored a good fifty to set up India's innings.
At number three, Virat is looking solid as ever and is oozing with confidence after his dominating knock of 82 runs off just 77 balls against Australia. Kohli has a very good record against Pakistan and if he delivers again, a victory will be more or less assured for India.
The memories of recent India vs Pakistan matches have been bitter-sweet for Indian fans. While India defeated Pakistan convincingly in 2018 Asia Cup matches, Pakistan had got better of India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. And, the 2017 tournament was certainly bigger.
On 16th June, Kohli and his boys will come hard at Pakistan and the kind of form India is in, they will be eying revenge for their 180-run Champions Trophy defeat in the final.