Rob Handley has three picks for this must anticipated game between two of crickets biggest rivals
India v Pakistan, 10:30am, Sky Sports 2
Fierce rivals on and off the pitch with the added spice of tournament cricket makes this edition of India v Pakistan one well worth watching. The quality lies mainly within the Indian ranks, though Pakistan will have confidence on their side having recently beat West Indies away from home in both 50 over and test match series. Babar Azam has been threatening to produce on the world stage for the last year and announced himself with a century at a decent lick on that tour. He’s as in form as anyone in the side and is my pick to top the Pakistan batting.
India certainly are one to watch for the tournament having gone under the radar in the build up to the tournament. Troubled left hand opening batsmen Shikhar Dhawan has had his fair share of terrible form over the last year. Since securing a spot on the tour his performances in the warm games have sparked him into form and he could well go after Mohammed Amir early on.
Joining him at the top of innings is Rohit Sharma. The explosive right hander is capable of big one day runs at an exceptional strike rate which can’t be said about Pakistan’s opening pair. I expect India’s first 10 overs to be particularly more productive than Pakistan’s, especially if Kohli’s men are chasing.