Adelaide: Middle-order batsman Younus Khan is opening inning for Pakistan along with Ahmed Shahzad in high-voltage match against India here at Adelaide Oval today.
Experienced Younus Khan, who has been struggling at No 3 position, has now been promoted to open the inning for Pakistan against India as regular opener Nasir Jamshed has been unable to impress team management.
Moreover, Umar Akmal will keep wickets in the match as regular wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed had been unable to impress with the bat. The team management must keep fingers crossed during the match that Umar doesn’t drop a catch or miss a stump of some key India batsman.
After playing impressive, match-saving and unbeaten 93-run knock against Bangladesh in warm-up, Sohaib Maqsood is also likely to be picked in the squad.
Tall Mohammad Irfan is spearheading Pakistan’s pace attack with fellow pacers Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan.
Shahid Afridi will be Pakistan’s top spinner in the match with all-rounder Haris Sohail providing another spin option. Specialist spinner Yasir Shah also has also been picked for the match.
Although defending champion India will have an edge in the match having a strong batting line, Pakistan is also tipped to pull their first World Cup victory against India.
India has defeated Pakistan in all five previous World Cup encounters.
Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (Captain), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (WC), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan
RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli, AM Rahane, SK Raina, MS Dhoni(Captain, wicketkeeper), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, UT Yadav, MM Sharma, Mohammed Shami