In the World Cup 2019, cloudbursts are rising as a threat to India-Pakistan. Everyone is just talking about the weather.
Of course, Team India has not lost any match to Pakistan in the World Cup and their team is strong but if you look at Old Trafford pitch, then Pakistan’s advantage can be huge in this match.
Pitch help fast bowlers
The fast bowling average at Old Trafford is 29.37. This is far better than the average of spinners at 33.89 on this field. In such a scenario, the Indian team could include Mohammad Shami in place of Kuldeep Yadav in the playing eleven against Pakistan. At the same time, Pakistan has also a bowler like Mohammad Aamer, Shahid Afridi, Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz. The special thing is that against the left-handed bowlers, Indian batsmen have often been in trouble. In such a situation, while the pitch is fast for fast bowling, Pakistan’s strong quartet can be very heavy on India.
Toss loser team keeps in profit …
The teams winning the toss on this field have won 19 matches while 26 are lost. In such a situation, winning the toss on Old Trafford is not a bonus deal. Here, winning 28 tosses out of 46 matches, teams first chose the batting. This figure is about 61%. But this is not a guarantee of victory. Because the toss winning teams out of these 28 have won only 10 matches. The teams who bowled first before winning the toss, have won nine games. In this case, bat first by winning toss or bowling doesn’t matter at all. It is worthwhile to bat later in this.
This happened in the final of the Champions Trophy …
In the Champions Trophy 2017 final, Pakistan’s fast bowlers had broken the backbone of Indian batsmen. Pakistan then scored 338 runs on 4 wickets. In reply, the entire Indian team was reduced to just 158 runs. Mohammed Amir and Hasan Ali then took three or three wickets. These players are also in the current Pakistan team.