World Cup, IND vs PAK: Toss, team news, pitch report, weather

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl against India in Manchester.

With Dhawan injured, Rohit Sharma will open the innings with K.L. Rahul.   -  Getty Images

Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl against India at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.

Team news: India has one change with Vijay Shankar replacing an injured Shikhar Dhawan.

Pitch report: The strip looks dry with a bit of grass but Michael Clarke reckons there could be moisture underneath because of rain yesterday. If batsmen get their eye in, it is a great track to bat.

Weather: It is overcast and there is forecast of rain later in the day, but nothing threatening.


Virat Kohli: We would have bowled first to be honest. Wicket looks really nice though and we have two wrist spinners in our team. We have been playing good cricket and we don't want to tinker much with the team combination. We have one forced change, Shikhar misses out and Vijay Shankar comes in his place.

Sarfaraz Ahmed: 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.

Playing XIs:

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

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