India vs Pakistan, Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan opt to bowl first vs India; Vijay Shankar in for Dhawan

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and elected to bowl first against India in Match 22 off ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford, Manchester on Sunday.

Pakistan have brought in two spinners in Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim for Asif Ali and Shaheen Afridi, while India have one forced change in Vijay Shankar coming in for injured Shikhar Dhawan.

Teams:

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir

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Virat Kohli: We would have bowled first to be honest. Wicket looks really nice though. We will be in good set if we bat well. That’s the kind of attention this game brings but once when you enter the field it is all about playing your game. We have been playing good cricket and we don’t want to tinker much with the team combination.

Sarfraz Ahmed: We will bowl first. It is raining so conditions are good for bowling. We have quality spinners and we have backed them today. We are not thinking about 6-0.

Pitch Report: It is overcast and is supposed to rain during the day as well. But right now is dry which is good news. The pitch is turned around, it is a different square and looks pretty dry as well. What about the fence? We are talking about a straight hit of 80 meters. It has to be a very good shot to make it all the way. There is a shorter fence on the leg-side and on the off-side as well. It is the same on the other side. Spinners are in the game. Looking at this pitch it looks a bit dry.