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IND vs PAK- Which batting lineup is better suited for the MCG conditions

IND vs PAK

Ind Vs Pak have enjoyed a storied rivalry in international cricket, with the best of the games between the two teams coming in the shortest version of the game. Whenever these two teams take center stage, nothing gets bigger than the game between the two nations. The thrilling games between the two arch-rivals have raised the stakes of the high-profile battle in Melbourne this year in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022.

The Asian Giants are all set to add a new page to their old book of rivalries when the two teams meet at the MCG on October 23. It all started in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup when a young Indian team led by charismatic leader MS Dhoni thumped Pakistan in a nail-biting affair to clinch the first-ever World T20 title.

In the T20 World Cups that have taken place over the years, India has won every game except the first-ever encounter that was decided by a bowl out after the game was tied and the most recent match of the T20 World Cup 2021.

The last time Ind Vs PAK faced each other in Dubai was during the T20 WC 2021, when Pakistan had outplayed India out of the contest by defeating them by a big margin of 10 wickets. Expectations are high from both sides to perform well in the high-pressure match, but this time it is expected to be an even contest between the two sides. A thorough entertainer is expected on the cards.

MCG Overview:

The pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground is traditionally a batting-friendly surface. Batters enjoy batting in this particular venue as they can trust the true bounce and pace of the wicket and accordingly can play their strokes. The venue so far has seen a total of 15 T20I encounters. In these games, nine matches have been won by the teams batting second. Despite being a batting-friendly venue, teams have struggled to score big totals here, especially 200+ totals. MCG is one of the biggest grounds in the world and that’s why the boundary percentage of this ground is the lowest (49.3%) in comparison with other venues in Australia. However, surprisingly MCG has the highest run rate (8.30). Batters will have to run hard to accumulate runs for their team. The average score batting first at the MCG is 141 and the highest score by a team is 184/3 which India achieved in 2016. While David Warner‘s 89 against South Africa in 2009 is the top batting display, results in the venue do not depend largely on the coin toss.

India

IND Vs PAK

Yet again, India will rely heavily on their batting heading into an ICC tournament. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are two of the most experienced batters at the international level in T20 cricket.
In recent times, India has been the most dominant team with a strong list of players in its inventory. The batters have taken the team to many wins in recent matches. Players like Suryakumar Yadav and Virat Kohli are in brilliant form. MCG has been a happy hunting ground for the Indian batters, their first 50-over World Cup win over South Africa came at this very venue. Skipper Rohit Sharma blasted a match-winning hundred at the same venue in 2015. Suryakumar Yadav- India’s best T20I batter this year has been in sublime form with the bat. The No.4 slot in the Indian team has been a revolving door, but the stylish right-handed batter appears to have cemented his position there at long last. A blistering strike rate of 177 with an average of touching 39 in 34 matches sets Suryakumar up for a stellar World Cup.
Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik have been doing exactly what they have been assigned. India’s change in approach to play an aggressive brand of cricket with the focus being on prioritizing the strike rate over the batting average has helped them to produce results in their favour.
Team India’s batters will love the conditions at the MCG, as all the batters including the ones who will be on the bench know exactly how to play on bouncy tracks. Running between the wickets will be crucial and it will play to India’s advantage. The current Indian batting line-up is an ideal foil to the MCG conditions.

Pakistan

IND vs PAK

Probably, Pakistan has the most established opening pair in skipper Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan but after them, the batting looks fragile and completely out of sorts. Pakistan’s overdependence on their opening pair has not been hidden from anyone, especially in T20I cricket. Their middle order has been fragile for a long time now, inviting criticism from former cricketers around the globe. But still, the team looked to favour dependence on top-order and bowlers rather than bringing in change in the middle. In a non-ideal scenario where either Babar or Rizwan fails to fire, there aren’t many options in the middle order to take up the responsibility.
Spinning all-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz peeled out timely cameos to gloss over the middle-order cracks. While other teams have fixed their combinations right, Pakistan is still struggling to fill in the voids in the batting order. Fakhar Zaman or Shan Masood, who will bat at number 3 is still an unsolved problem. The number 4 position has been vacant for a long time and a number of players have been tried but no one stood up like Surya did for India. Leave alone the openers and you will find other batters struggling to play the short ball. Bounce is going to be a factor at the MCG on the match day and Pakistan batters might struggle to ride the bounce. When England visited Pakistan, Mark Wood with his express pace used the short ball ploy against the Pakistani batters and it worked out well. The Men in Green have loopholes in their batting lineup and this may well cause them the game.

Conclusion

Pakistan’s over-reliance on Babar and Rizwan is going to hurt them badly and the fact that the other batters struggle against the short ball it’s going to require individual brilliance from someone to help the team’s cause. India on the other hand will be much more confident heading into the game with some quality batters in their ranks. Unlike the Pakistani players, Indian batters are good against the short ball. We expect the Indian batters to outscore their counterparts let’s see what happens in IND Vs PAK.

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