The daily tournament preview charges down the wicket with Cricket World Cup tips for a crucial grudge match between India and Pakistan.
19:30 (AEST), Sun 16th Jun @ Old Trafford, Manchester
History: Played 131: Pakistan 73 V India 54 (4 No Results)
Last meeting: September 23, 2018: India d Pakistan by 9 wickets at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Final Thoughts: Archrivals India and Pakistan square off at Old Trafford on Sunday as the Cricket World Cup starts to heat up.
Pakistan are under pressure after notching only one win in three outings, with one point from a washout.
They bounced back from a heavy first-up defeat to West Indies with a stunning upset of England. After rain ruined their showdown with struggling Sri Lanka, Pakistan lost to Australia by 41 runs on Wednesday.
Mohammad Amir’s brilliant 5/30 helped bowl Australia out for 307 when a much higher total seemed inevitable. Pakistan kept the Aussies honest but were ultimately dismissed in the 46th over. Opener Imam-ul-Haq top-scored with just 53.
India have already made a couple of early statements. They cruised to a six-wicket win over South Africa, with Rohit Sharma blasting 122 not out. Shikhar Dhawan (117) was the star of a 36-run defeat of Australia last Sunday.
But their midweek heavyweight match-up with New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Pakistan boast a healthy all-time lead in their ODI head-to-head with India. But India have won six of the last eight matches, including a pair of convincing victories in Dubai during last year’s Asia Cup.
A Kohli century spearheaded India’s 76-run win in Adelaide at the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Unsurprisingly, India head in as red-hot $1.38 favourites. After Sharma and Dhawan took the lead in their opening two games, expect Virat Kohli to start putting his stamp on this tournament. The skipper has scores of 18 and 82 so far, but has 11 centuries in his last 30 ODIs.