Pakistan’s bowling attack poses significant threat
- India lead the head to head record versus Pakistan in T20Is by eight wins to three.
- India’s batting vs Pakistan bowling to decide the fate of the match.
India and Pakistan will resume their rivalry when they meet in a Group 2 fixture in the T20 World Cup on October 23rd. India are coming into the tournament high on momentum, having defeated Australia and South Africa recently. India have odds of 1.52 to win this marquee clash.
Pakistan arguably have the best bowling attack in the competition for these conditions but the batting unit is vulnerable. They are coming off a tri-series victory in New Zealand, where they defeated the hosts in the final by five wickets. Pakistan have higher odds of winning this game at 2.48.
How’s the Pitch?
The Melbourne Cricket Ground has been the best scoring venue in Australia in the last two years. The straight boundaries are short while square boundaries are quite large. The weather, however, doesn’t look good, with a 70% chance of precipitation on Sunday.
Our Pick: India have a batting line-up much more suited for Australian conditions compared to Pakistan. Their bowling attack, while not as potent without Jasprit Bumrah, is decent. Back India at 1.52 odds to win the match.
India have won eight out of 11 T20Is played between the two teams. India defeated Australia in their warm-up match last week whereas Pakistan were hammered by England at Gabba. Pakistan will heavily rely on their bowling attack if they are to win this match.
Keep an eye on…
Virat Kohli has an incredible record against Pakistan in T20 cricket, having scored four fifties in nine innings. The Indian superstar has found his form back and averages 61 at a strike rate of 147 in the nine T20s.
Shaheen Afridi stands as the biggest threat for India, considering India’s struggles against quality left arm seamers and what he did last year. Shaheen returned from an injury and picked 2 for 29 versus Afghanistan in the warm-up game.