World Cup: Pakistan win toss, opt to bowl first

 Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed

Manchester, June 16: Pakistan have won the toss and opted to field in their highly anticipated World Cup encounter against arch-rivals India here on Sunday.

We will bowl first. It is raining so conditions are good for bowling. We have quality spinners and we have backed them today. We are not thinking about 6-0," Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said after the toss.

India have made a change in their squad by bringing in rookie medium-pacer all-rounder Vijay Shankar as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan. Shankar will be making his World Cup debut.

Lokesh Rahul has been moved up the batting order to the opener's slot left vacant by Dhawan.

We would have bowled first to be honest. Wicket looks really nice though. We will be in good stead if we bat well. That's the kind of attention this game brings but once you enter the field it is all about playing your game," Indian skipper Virat Kohli said.

We have been playing good cricket and we don't want to tinker much with the team combination. We have once forced change, Shikhar misses out and Vijay Shankar comes in his place. He is a solid batsman," he added.


India: Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir

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