India will be taking on arch rivals Pakistan on 16th June 2019 in World Cup 2019. India is unbeaten so far in this tournament, while Pakistan have won 1 and lost 2 matches. India opener Shikhar Dhawan is out for 3 weeks due to injury, and KL Rahul will be opening the innings for the side. For number 4, India has Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik as options. Pakistan’s Mohammad Amir is in great form with the ball and picked a 5-wicket haul in their last match against Australia. However, their concern is their bowling in the early overs, where the bowlers other than Amir concede runs allowing the opposition to settle in and build a platform to score a big total. India vs Pakistan Head to Head India has never lost to Pakistan in World Cups and has a 6-0 record, defeating Pakistan even in the 1992 World Cup league stage. India has defeated Pakistan in quarter-final and semi-final of the World Cup, and are currently the favourites to win. India has 2 players from the 2011 World Cup team that played against Pakistan, in their 2019 World Cup squad, and the probable playing XI for the next match. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were part of the 2011 World Cup winning team, while Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and Wahab Riaz are the two players from their 2011 World Cup team, still performing well in this tournament. In the last World Cup, India defeated Pakistan 76 runs, defending 300 runs. Virat Kohli had scored a hundred, while Mohammad Shami was top wicket taker for India with figures of 4 for 35. More recently, in the ICC Champions Trophy Pakistan defeated India, which came as a shock to many Indian fans, who had expected India to continue their domination over Pakistan in ICC World events. World Cup 2019 – Squad Composition At this moment, Pakistan needs Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali to come to the party and trouble the Indian batsmen in the early overs. If they let the Indian batsmen settle and do not pick wickets in first 20 overs, Pakistan will be looking at a mammoth target to chase. Mohammad Amir made a great comeback against Australia bringing his side back into the game, but Australia had put decent runs on the board by then. Chasing 300 above in a match like India vs Pakistan is never easy, and Pakistan knows this from the past. While Mohammad Hafeez is in good touch, Pakistan will need one of their top 3 batsmen to score a hundred and build a long partnership at the top. If the Indian pacers get Pakistan openers back in hut early, they are less likely to end up with a big total, enough to defend against a batting line-up like India. India are clear favourites given their current form, and the depth in their batting, and the stats against Pakistan in World Cups. India executed a perfect game-plan against Aussies as the openers took it easy and slow in the first 10 overs scoring just 41 runs, seeing off Starc and Cummins and going hard against the rest of the bowling attack. This game-play will work against Pakistan unless Hasan Ali and Shaheen Afridi step up and control the flow of runs. India vs Pakistan – The Rivalry Continues Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were two of the best openers for India in World Cups and their innings against Pakistan’s fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar are the most memorable ones. Pakistan, though losing as of now, have a tendency to surprise everyone with unexpected comebacks. They will very likely put up a good fight, especially with Mohammad Amir opening the bowling attack against India. This contest promises to be an exciting one with many highs and lows, and will be yet another historic moment in the India vs Pakistan cricket rivalry.