ICC T20 World Cup 2022 IND vs PAK: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne Cricket Ground. (Credits: Twitter)

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 IND vs PAK: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Melbourne Cricket Ground

Rohit Sharma-led Indian team will head into the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 starting later this month will an aim to win their first title since the inaugural triumph under MS Dhoni back in 2007.

After a disappointing showing in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 where they failed to reach the semifinals, the Rohit Sharma-led Men in Blue will look for a much better showing down under in Australia.

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy
ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Trophy. Image Credits: Twitter

The venue of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 tournament is Australia. The Men in Blue will play their opening match of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022 on October 23 against Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground. India is part of group 2 in the tournament with teams like Pakistan, South Africa, and Bangladesh in their pool.

The last time the two teams met at the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, Pakistan had beaten their arch-rivals by 10 wickets in their Super 12 match in Dubai to register their first-ever win against their neighbors in World Cups. Babar Azam hit an unbeaten 68, while Mohammad Rizwan smashed an unbeaten 79. Pakistan pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi bowled a terrific spell of 3/31 with three prized scalps of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli.

Shaheen Shah Afridi
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan will begin their ICC T20 World Cup 2022 campaign against the Men in Blue on October 23. Babar Azam’s men lost in the finals of the recent Asia Cup 2022, going down to Sri Lanka by 23 runs.

After the disappointment of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021, where they lost in the semifinals, Pakistan would be hoping to turn things around in ICC T20 World Cup 2022 when they travel to Australia. Pakistan begin their campaign against India at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground and will go on to play four more league games.

The winners of the 2009 World T20(T20I World Cup) also reached the final in 2007, where they lost to India. They have entered the semifinals on three other occasions, including in 2010, 2012 and in 2021.

India vs Pakistan
India vs Pakistan. (Photo: Getty Images)

India and Pakistan are set to lock horns in another mouthwatering ICC T20 World Cup 2022 encounter between the arch rivals. The hype of the game is evergreen and fans of both teams make this encounter a festival. Talking about the teams, Pakistan look quite settled after the return of Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo: Twitter)

Moreover, a few of the middle order batters have also chipped in the recently concluded tri series in New Zealand. India, on the other hand, will miss the services of their express pace bowler, Jasprit Bumrah due to a back spasm. This makes the Indian death bowling a major cause of concern, however his replacement Mohammed Shami has shown signs of form in the warm up game against Australia.

All-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz. — Pictures via Twitter/Reuters
All-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz. — Pictures via Twitter/Reuters

Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi will be Pakistan’s pacers in the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 India game. Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz will lead their spin attack. One of Fakhar Zaman or Shan Masood will play at No.3 spot while Haider Ali will be their No. 4 batsman.

Pakistan Probable Playing XI:- Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman/Shan Masood, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah

Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant
Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant Photo Credit: (AFP)

The debate around Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant finally seems to be cooling down. The team management seems keen on giving Dinesh Karthik an opportunity over Rishabh Pant based on his recent form. India have named Mohammed Shami as the replacement for Jasprit Bumrah. Thus, he becomes a direct entry to the team. A lot would depend on their top order which is one of their strengths, but they would need to improve their death bowling woes.

India Probable Playing XI:- KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel/ Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami

ICC T20 World Cup 2022 IND vs PAK: Weather Forecast And Pitch Report Of Melbourne Cricket Ground

15 T20Is were played in Melbourne and host Australia have won 9 of them while losing 5. One match ended in no result. India have played 4 T20Is at MCG winning 2 and losing 1 of them. One match was abandoned. Pakistan have played 1 match at the MCG and lost it.

The Melbourne pitch often offers a fine balance between bat and ball. The pace bowlers might get some good carry and bounce here, especially in the initial stages. But spinners’ role could be minimal at this venue. In October-November, Melbourne weather stays cooler than say in January with a temperature level ranging between 9 and 19 degrees with a good level of breeze. One might just see some variable spells of rain too.

According to weathetr.com, the temperature will be 18ºC at day and 13ºC at night on the day of the match-23rd October, Sunday. The chances of rain are 80-100%. Humidity will be between 82-87%. Winds will be from South / South- East at 15 to 25 km/h. Rain will probably play spoilsport.