GAME 5: PAKISTAN VS INDIA
Pakistan played their 5th game of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 against India at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester. That was a great match Pakistan vs India. Pakistan and India are the traditional rivalries. They are situated next to each in the sub-continent of Asia. It was a big game for both of the countries. Pakistan had lost its game against Australia before on 12th June 2019. To come back in the tournament it was a more essential game for Pakistan to win it. It was very crucial and must win the game for Pakistan Because Pakistan and India are two traditional famous rivalries situated next to each other in Asia.
The Indian side had a logic advantage over Pakistan with the most wins in Cricket World Cup matches of all time. India was playing a good white ball cricket around the world and at its home ground. Although they were beaten by the young Australian team at their home ground. And India was worried about its form. On the other hand, Pakistan was in good form at England and had played a few good innings in England.
Only Pakistan had a psychological advantage over all other participants of ICC Cricket World Cup that only a few years before Pakistan had won the Champions Trophy against India in England on 18th June 2017. In Pakistani team squad including players who perform in PSL.
According to the playing conditions of the ground, the toss was very important. Because it was necessary for both the teams to choose the bat first after winning the toss. The Pakistan captain wins the toss and decided to bowl first.
PERFORMANCE OF INDIA
According to the captain, they were realized on the bowlers. That the bowlers will produce the wickets inside the first powerplay of the match. Pakistani players had the pressure of Australian game and match PAKISTAN VS INDIA pressure which could easily be seen on the ground.
The fielders were dropping the catches and there were miss fields by the fielders. India had a good opening partnership against Pakistan in this game. India loses their 1st wicket at 146 runs. Pakistan was late in getting the wickets early.
The opening stand had to push India ahead in the game against Pakistan. India manages to score 337 runs after facing the 50 overs. To chase this massive total of 337 runs, Pakistan needed a solid start of not less than 100 runs in the initial stage of the 2nd innings.
Pakistan was under pressure early in the game. Indian fast bowlers bowl very well in the initial overs. Imam ul Haq had to watch the bowls very closely. Fakhar Zaman was out of form in this ICC Cricket World Cup. It was very important for Fakhar Zaman to gain back his form because of the famous for his hard hitting shots. He develops the big partnerships with his partners which allows Pakistan Cricket Team to win the match.
PERFORMANCE OF PAKISTAN
Pakistan loose Imam ul Haq at 13 runs. He played a very rash shot and was given out as leg before wicket by the umpire. Then Babar Azam replaces Imam ul Haq. It was very essential for Pakistan to make recovery in the match. The partnership plays a key role in coming back in the match.
Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman constructed good healthy innings by producing a solid partnership of more than 100 runs. It was a good partnership in match Pakistan vs India, which was getting very improved. Now, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam were batting at the crease with a full sense of responsibility. They knew the cost of each other’s wicket.
During the course of this partnership, Indian bowling was under pressure. Indian bowlers were not finding a way to steal the wicket. They were trying very hard in the field and bowling get the breakthrough. When these two batsmen watch the progress of the partnership, Fakhar Zaman played a bad shot and threw away his wicket.
There was in the favor of India that they have got the wicket of famous Fakhar Zaman. The need would be pertinent to mention here that Fakhar Zaman has scored a very famous century against India. It was his debut 100 for Fakhar Zaman which came against India and Pakistan won that game by a very heavy margin of 180 and win the last edition of Champions Trophy 2017.
EXCITING MOMENTS IN THE MATCH PAKISTAN VS INDIA
After the dismissal of Fakhar Zaman, M. Hafeez comes to the crease to bat. He along with Babar Azam initiates a partnership but M. Hafeez gives his wicket away early. And then Shoaib Malik through his wicket to Hardik Pandya. The chances for Pakistan to win the game looking limited.
As Pakistan had lost 6 wickets for just 160 runs. During the course of the innings, the match was disturbed by rain. When the rain was stopped and Pakistan came out to bat. Then there was a little partnership. The batsmen tried their level best to score maximum runs on the board.
Pakistan came into the winning position as it saves all its remaining wickets But the match was again disturbed by the rain. The rain did not stop and India had all the advantage of it. so, ICC panel umpires applied DLS method to calculate the result of the match and Pakistan had to lose the game by only 86 runs margin.