India Pakistan rivalry to continue on field
2019-06-16 at 14:16
India, led by the exceptional Virat Kohli, are undefeated in the 50-over World Cup matches, while Pakistan have fond memories of lifting silverware on English soil having triumphed in the Champions Trophy in 2017.
India tops the Test rankings and is just below England in ODIs, while Pakistan’s consistency in T20Is see them top the international field in the shortest format of the game.
Indian and Pakistani families, who have emigrated from the subcontinent to England over the past few decades will flock to Old Trafford, for another sell-out clash, tickets for the match sold out in under two hours, the fastest of any group match for this year’s tournament.
India has won four of their past five men’s one-day internationals against Pakistan.
Their loss in that time did come in an ICC tournament in England – the 2017 Champions Trophy final.
India has won all six of their previous men’s World Cup matches against Pakistan, five of those victories after batting first.
Pakistan and India have met once before in a men’s ODI at Old Trafford – in the 1999 Cricket World Cup which India won by 47 runs.
Mohammad Amir returned career-best ODI bowling figures of 5-30 in Pakistan’s most recent match, their 41-run loss to Australia in Taunton.
However, he has failed to take a wicket in four of six previous ODIs against India.