Cricket World #INDOPAK Cup - Game 1
Cricket World #INDOPAK Cup: Pakistan edge out India in Karachi, will teams make any changes for Kolkata clash?
The India-Pakistan matches in the real world may be turning into one-sided affairs of late, but the opening fixture of the Cricket World #INDOPAK Cup was a closely contested encounter
Pakistan won the toss and surprised a few by choosing to bat first. Their openers Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman were right on the money as both struck boundaries at will.
Result - Pakistan won by 5 runs
Only 5 runs in it, India did well to almost chase down a strong score by Pakistan. Virat Kohli looked like he was up to the challenge before being removed by Wahab Riaz.
INDIA 164/4 (10 Over)
Hardik Pandya 0*
Shreyas Iyer 51*
INDIA 146/4 (9 Over)
Hardik Pandya 0
Shreyas Iyer 33
Virat Kohli has been removed on 62 Runs, huge blow for India.
INDIA 141/3 (8 Over)
Virat Kohli 60
Shreyas Iyer 30
INDIA 127/3 (7 Over)
Virat Kohli 52
Shreyas Iyer 24
INDIA 115/3 (6 Over)
Virat Kohli 48
Shreyas Iyer 16
Huge over for India, giving them some hope to chase this down, captain leading from the front.
INDIA 98/3 (5.1 Over)
Virat Kohli 32
Shreyas Iyer 15
Shikhar Dhawan (32 Runs)
(lbw) Shaheen Shah Afridi
INDIA 74/2 (4 Over)
Virat Kohli 23
Shikhar Dhawan 32
INDIA 54/2 (3 Over)
Virat Kohli 16
Shikhar Dhawan 19
Virat Kohli wastes no time racing to 16 runs.
INDIA 38/2 (2.3 Over)
Virat Kohli 0
Shikhar Dhawan 19
PAKISTAN 169/5 (10 Overs)
INDIA 9/0 (1 Over)
Rohit Sharma 6
Shikhar Dhawan 3
PAKISTAN 169/5 (10 Overs)
PAKISTAN 169/5 (10 Overs)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 53*
Imad Wasim 8*
Two half centuries for Pakistan coming from Ahmed and Malik, finishing on a strong score - India have a mountain to climb.
Shoaib Malik (64 Runs)
(lbw) Jasprit Bumrah
PAKISTAN 157/4 (9 Overs)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 49
Shoaib Malik 64
PAKISTAN 143/4 (8 Overs)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 41
Shoaib Malik 58
Pakistan are looking in a great position right now, India could struggle here.
PAKISTAN 125/4 (7 Overs)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 24
Shoaib Malik 57
PAKISTAN 111/4 (6.1 Overs)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 19
Shoaib Malik 48
Very close on the polls, but fans are siding with India...
PAKISTAN 86/4 (5 Overs)
Sarfaraz Ahmed 17
Shoaib Malik 25
Babar Azam (11 Runs)
(c) Rohit Sharma, (b) Kuldeep Yadav
PAKISTAN 59/2 (3 Overs)
Babar Azam 11
Shoaib Malik 15
Fakhar Zaman (21 Runs)
(b) Yuzvendra Chahal
PAKISTAN 43/1 (2 Overs)
Babar Azam 10
Fakhar Zaman 21
Imam-ul-Haq is OUT (12 Runs) (c) MS Dhoni, (b) Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq looks dejected after being out
Wicket! Imam the first to go …. #dicesports
Large cheers from the crowd as the two Pakistani openers head out with a little fist bump, passing the Indian team huddle as Kohli lays down the law to his players!
Some talk about a par score here today. We would suggest that anything under 140 will be difficult to defend. 150 is about par and anything over 160 will be a stiff ask.
Kohli looking disappointed with his luck at the toss again, but the confidence and showmanship will undoubtedly shine through as is always the case with this player as the game gets underway!
The Indian seam bowlers Bumrah, Shami, Pandya all loosening up down below us on the outfield as India prepare to take the field.
Babar Azam has the coin for Pakistan & it will be Virat Kohli to call for India. Kohli has suffered average form with the coin, so he will be hoping his luck will change today as he calls ‘Heads’…
Babar Azam is quick to invite Virat to lead his team out into the Karachi heat to have a bowl.
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Cricket World #INDOPAK Cup: The Playing XI unveil
Cricket World #INDOPAK Cup: The Playing XI unveil
The playing XI unveil of the Cricket World #INDOPAK Cup follows the squad announcement. In the opening fixture, India and Pakistan will take on each other in the unofficial Dice Cricket series at the National Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday, 2nd June - toss at 10.45am - play from 11:00 a.m. GMT onwards.
Cricket World #INDOPAK Cup: Squad announcement & Series Preview
It is time to announce 15-strong squads of both India and Pakistan for the much anticipated Cricket World INDOPAK Cup Series - a two-match series with game 1 on Tuesday, 2nd June and game 2 on Thursday, 4th June - a Virtual Dice Cricket Tournament, in association with A Leading Edge and PitchVision.
India and Pakistan have been playing at neutral venues for the past eight years. The last match between the two teams in either country was played in the Indian capital of Delhi on January 6 in 2013. Since then, India and Pakistan have either met in ICC events or in the Asia Cup of late, while bi-lateral cricket has been put on the back burner.
The first match, in our virtual world though, will be held at the National Stadium in Karachi. Interestingly, the last time India played in Pakistan, it was in the final of the 2007-2008 Asia Cup at the National Stadium in Karachi itself, where the home side won by 8 wickets.
While Pakistan have the clear-cut advantage in their home matches with 14 ODI victories as opposed to India's 11 out of the 27 ODIs between the two teams, India have done quite well in Karachi. The Men in Blue have won 4 of their 7 matches at the National Stadium in Karachi while the hosts have managed to win just two.
Pakistan's opening combination of Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman may not have been at their best of late, but the duo have done wonders for the team over the last couple of years and deserve an extended run. Newly appointed white-ball skipper Babar Azam, also regarded as one of the best batsmen in contemporary cricket, follows at number three.
Veteran Shoaib Malik, despite having announced his retirement from ODIs, finds a place in the squad. Since, the two matches are being played in the T10 format, that is not a problem as far as the Cricket World INDOPAK Cup goes. Fellow batsman Mohammad Hafeez, who has made a successful comeback to international cricket alongside Malik, has been picked.
Hard-hitting batsmen Asif Ali and Iftikhar Ahmed also find a place, with their style best suited to the shorter format. Sarfaraz Ahmed, in our view, remains Pakistan's leading wicketkeeper-batsman and has been picked ahead of Rizwan. Spin bowling all-rounders Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan were no-brainers.
The pace attack comprises Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Naseem Shah. Shaheen Shah Afridi has grown into Pakistan's best bowler and had to be in there. On the contrary, Hasan Ali, who won them the 2017 Champions Trophy, has been injured for a long time now and misses out.
Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir have been picked as the mainstays of the Pakistan pace battery while Naseem Shah, with his raw pace, brings in an X-factor.
The batting conundrum refuses to solve for India and each of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul had to be picked in the squad. It would be interesting to see who out of Dhawan and Rahul opens alongside Rohit and who bats in the middle order.
Shreyas Iyer has cemented his place at no 4 and follows skipper Virat Kohli. Iyer will compete with Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav (also an option with the ball) for a middle order spot.
Much like the management of Team India, we failed to decide on the wicketkeeper and have picked both Rishabh Pant and MS Dhoni in the squad alongside Rahul. The final call will be taken on match day, but each of them can also play as a pure batsman.
Explosive all-rounder Hardik Pandya is back to full fitness and picks himself in the squad. As do pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
Spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are still pretty much in the team's plans for the upcoming T20 World Cup and have been picked. Will both play or only one of them makes the cut?
Find out in our Playing XI announcement on June 1.
Game 1 - Tuesday, 2nd June at National Stadium, Karachi (11 am GMT)
Game 2 - Thursday 4th June at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (11 am GMT)
Here are the 15-strong squads:
Pakistan - Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (C), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (WK), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah
India - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul (WK), Virat Kohli (C), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (WK), MS Dhoni (WK), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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India vs Pakistan: A rivalry like no other
There is no clash in cricket with more context than the Ashes, say the cricket tragics. However, a big section of the followers of the game, especially from Asia and the subcontinent like to differ.
For them, the intensity with which the emotions run high during an India-Pakistan match is unparalleled. There was always an edge to the matches between the two nations ever since their partition in 1947, but the rivalry only gained pace in the modern era.
The existing political equation between the two countries is not desirable at all, but it does have an impact in building up the drama when the two teams gear up to take on each other.
Then, there is the rivalry in World Cups where Pakistan has never been able to get the better of India.
However, as far as the head to head record between the two teams in ODIs is concerned, Pakistan actually have far better numbers. The record is more a reflection of Pakistan's glorious past than their current state as India have become the better team of the two, at least on paper in recent times.
With cricket lovers starving for live action amid the Covid-19 induced lockdown across the word, Cricket World, in association with aLeadingEdge and Pitch Vision, bring you a virtual Cricket World IndoPak Cup. The first match of the unofficial series will be played on Tuesday, 2nd June at the National Stadium in Karachi while the second match will be played on 4th June at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
It is hardly a surprise that Pakistan have been dominant in their home matches with 14 victories as opposed to India's 11 out of the 27 ODIs between the two teams. They will therefore have the advantage with the opening match in Karachi. In the matches played in India as well, Pakistan have won 19 as compared to India's 11 out of 30 games.
In total, Pakistan have won 73 ODIs while India have won 55, with four encounters between the two sides ending without a result. These numbers though will not stand for much when both teams lock horns against each other.
While India are known for their consistency and have been producing good performances one after the other lately, you can never discount Pakistan with their mercurial nature. If someone has doubts, revisit the 2017 Champions Trophy final where the Men in Green literally obliterated their neighbours.
Get ready then, to see equisite cover drives of Babar Azam and Virat Kohli and the silken touches of Rohit Sharma and Imam-ul-Haq. There will obviously be debates about who is the better of the two, who has more time on his hands or who is more pleasing on the eye, but opinions remain subjective as always.
Likewise, with the ball in hand, while Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will be in charge of the Indian pace battery, Shaheen Shah Afridi will be a force to reckon with for India. Just like the cover drives of Virat Kohli and Babar Azam are comparable, the smiling assassins in Shaheen Shah Afridi and Jasprit Bumrah will ensure that life is not easy for the batsmen.
Picture Babar Azam and Virat Kohli walking out for the toss with thousands of spectators cheering in the gallery. Mouth-watering! It might take a few months for this to actually happen in the post Covid-19 world but in our virtual arena, nothing is impossible.
With both matches to be played live and covered ball by ball online, the true fans might find it tough to keep hold of their excitement. But, hold tight, this will be worth it.