ICC World Cup 2015: Buoyant India take on spirited UAE in pursuit of a QF berth

Editor Sportzwiki / 27 February 2015

In a David vs Golliath battle at the WACA, defending World Champions India takes on United Arab Emirates, the match that could be an emotional one for Indian fans. A win for India would seal their place in quarters while a strong fight from UAE would make the Indian fans happy as UAE has a strong Indian connection with the likes of Swapnil Patil, Krishna Karate are Indian born cricketers playing for the Arabs. Here we take a look at what’s in store for tomorrow’s encounter.

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Weather Report: The weather forecast for Perth on Saturday looks like a typical West Australian sunny day with the temperature likely to go till 33 degree celcius.

Pitch Report: WACA is always known to have a lot of pace and bounce and is considered as the fastest wicket in the World. So the team winning the toss will look to field first and chase down a total.

Time: 1430 local time, 1200 IST

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India are coming off from two huge wins against their Arch-Rivals Pakistan and South Africa in their previous matches and will on to continue their winning momentum. India will look to fix the issues in their squad ahead of the important games coming up. Their main headache is their opener Rohit Sharma, who is yet to fire in this tournament. It is very safe to say that he is saving his best for the knockouts, but it will worry for the team management till the runs flow from his bat. He might be unlucky in the previous match, but at the end of the day, the number opposite to his name in the scorecard matters. On the other hand, Inspite of India scoring 300 against two strong bowling attacks, India’s batting in the death did not look in fine touch as they scored just over sixty in the 10 overs (last 5 overs in the matches against Pakistan and South Africa). India’s bowling in this World Cup has been the best in over a decade is all set to miss its spearhead Mohammad Shami, who is rested because of a minor knee injury.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane arrive for Practice sessions


For UAE, going out and playing their best cricket is the only way to beat India and create an upset in the World Cup. UAE players will look to give all they could and show the world and their home countries what these rejects are capable of. Their top order is a worry for them and the team management will hope for Andri Berenger and Amjad Ali to get them off to a flier. Apart from the failure of their top order, everything else are in place. Bowlers are striking in regular intervals but are letting the opposition go away in spite of the getting early breakthroughs.

UAE team huddle ahead of their clash against India

Possible Playing XIs:

It is said that Shami will miss out from tomorrow’s match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will replace Shami in the playing XI. Apart from that, India might not make any other changes since skipper MS Dhoni is not a fan of rotating his squad and disturb the winning momentum.

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma.

UAE pacer Manjula Guruge injured himself in his team’s last match against Ireland and a decision on him will be taken on the morning of the match day. If he misses out, UAE might bring in right arm pacer Kamran Shahzad in place of Guruge.

Andre Beringer, Amjad Ali, Krishna Karate, Khurram Khan, Swapnil Patil, Shaiman Anwar, Rohan Mustafa, Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naveed, Mohammad Tauqir and Manjula Guruge.

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