The T20 series of 2022

T20 World Cup 2022: Ultimate Match Guide - India vs Pakistan

Oct. 23, 2022

India - Team Notes

Batting Options: 8 (Main – 6; Support – 2) Opening Pair: RHB-RHB Opportunity Alert: Left-arm pace has previously troubled the Indian top three, particularly Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. However, because of the lack of exaggerated new ball movement, the MCG is usually one of the easiest venues for openers to start. And if the recent rains don't ruin things, it's likely to stay the same, which could help the Indian top order against Shaheen Shah Afridi. Middle Order: 0 LHB options between No.3 and No.6. Threat Alert: Floating Axar up the order is India's only chance in the current XI to have an LHB in the middle, which brings the Pakistan spin duo of Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz into play heavily. Opportunity Alert: Given the nature of the deck and the opposition, India can consider dropping both of their specialist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin, and instead go full bat deep mode with Rishabh Pant in the XI and Hardik Pandya as the 5th bowling option. This gives India the license to go all out against Pakistan's bowling unit, which is their biggest threat. Lower Middle Order: If India plays the traditional way, they will only have Axar Patel and Harshal Patel at 7 and 8, putting enormous pressure on Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik to both accelerate and protect their wicket for a longer period of time. Bowling Options: 6 (Main – 4, Support – 2) Going by Rohit Sharma's pre-match interviews, India will bring in Mohammed Shami. We've talked about it extensively in our India - Ultimate Tournament Guide, which will also be useful for fantasy leagues. Take a look at it! In Form: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav Out of Form: Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar Big Names on the bench: Rishabh Pant

Pakistan - Team Notes

alt pakisthan team notes Batting Options: 8 (Main – 8; Support – 0) Opening Pair: RHB-RHB Both Azam and Rizwan approach the powerplay in the same way: they take the fewest risks and gradually increase their pace as the innings progresses. While right-arm pacers have something to work with against Babar Azam, the duo is generally one of the safest when it comes to protecting its wicket in the powerplay. Because we haven't done a Pakistan Team Guide, we've taken a different approach to this section. As the matchups that matter image shows, Pakistan's biggest issues are dealing with express pace and left-handed batters. Both of which India lacks. Opportunity Alert:
  • As previously discussed, bringing in Rishabh Pant at the expense of a specialist spinner.
  • Use Mohammed Shami in a 1-3-0 or 2-2-0 fashion, i.e. bowl him out before the death. To trouble Pakistan's middle order, employ Shami and Hardik and try to hit the deck hard in Overs 7-16. If Pakistan loses at least one of Rizwan and Babar in the powerplay, this can work wonders.
Shan Masood is Pakistan's best opening option in terms of form and potential, but because she is batting below two anchors, his fantasy potential is hit or miss - if one of the two gets out easily, Masood could get in and score an easy 30-35 runs, but if they don't, he will not only struggle to adapt to starting in the late middle overs, but he may be demoted down the order as well. alt pakisthan squad Pakistan are likely to promote Mohammad Nawaz in the middle overs, increasing his fantasy value. Shadab Khan is another floater that Pakistan frequently employs. Haris Rauf is a particularly difficult bowler to handle at the MCG, as his lengths and pace are perfectly suited to the venue. Asif Ali is their best option for death batting, but the right-hander can be countered with hard lengths and the large MCG boundaries to support that bowling style.

MCG – Venue Notes

alt venue decoded The MCG is one of the easier grounds for openers to score quickly without risking their wicket. Batters will need to be proactive, starting fast and maintaining pressure throughout the middle overs, because it will be difficult for lower middle order power hitters to clear the square boundaries if the opposition can bowl back of length at speed. The MCG is one of the world's largest stadiums, with only a short straight providing relief for batters.Perth is the closest match to what you can expect here of the venue guides we've released so far, but even there, only two square pockets are huge.At the MCG, though, all six are 78m or longer, making it considerably more difficult for batters to hit sixes.Therefore, expect pace bowlers to drag the length back with the old ball, and batters to power through spinners and full length straight down the ground. alt venue dimensions For a detailed report on the MCG, read our Ultimate Venue Guide – Melbourne Cricket Ground Predictions:
  • Pakistan total in the highest scoring over - Over or Under 17.5: Under 17.5 to win
  • PP Highest Score: India vs Pakistan - India to win (backed by Predictor Prasanna)
Fantasy XI Builder Base Players: Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan, Surykumar Yadav, Mohammed Shami Support Players:Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Arshdeep Singh Top Differential: Arshdeep (35%) Top C/VC options: Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Mohammad Rizwan Top C/VC differentials: Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz Full Fantasy XI: Hardik Pandya (c), Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan, Surykumar Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul (vc), Arshdeep Singh Predicted Playing XI: India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Harshal Patel, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal Pakistan: Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah
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