Birmingham, June 15 (): India and Pakistan face each other in the 10th game of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy 2013 at Edgbaston, Birmingham on June 15, Saturday.
Openers – Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are expected to give a good start in today’s match as they have showed a good start in the previous two matches, with Shikhar Dhawan scoring back-to-back centuries and Rohit Sharma scoring back-to-back half centuries. Their perfect start will provide good room for the middle order batsman, skipper MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Ravindra Jadeja.
On the bowling side, Ravindra Jadeja has taken seven wickets and other bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma have been impressive.
Team India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav.
Opener Nasir Jamshed scored a half century in the first match and then 42 in the second match, while skipper Misbah-ul-Haq scored 96 in the match against West Indies. Other batsmen – Imran Farhat, Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq and Shoaib Malik have worried form. It is necessary for the batsmen to act together and put up a big score on the board.
On the bowling front, Mohammad Irfan has taken four wickets and is the highest wicket taker of the team. With Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Irfan, Pakistan’s bowling line-up is strong but their performance has not been impressive this tournament. They have to restrict the score of the opponents as their batsmen look vulnerable.
Team Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Imran Farhat, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Asad Shafiq, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, M. Irfan, Asad Ali, Wahab Riaz, Umer Amin, Abdul Rehman, Ehsan Adil.