Very rarely do we see two India-Pakistan games in a week since the two countries do not play any bilateral series together. The arch rivals meet again this time in their first game in the Super 4s of the Asia Cup
The second Super 4s stage match will take place at the Dubai International stadium between India and Pakistan. If the match between the two teams last week is any indication, we are in for a thrilling Sunday of cricket. Since India’s razor-thin triumph last week, a few things have changed for both sides. Let’s examine the specifics of the contest between the two Asian superpowers and talk in depth about it.
Hardik Pandya won India the game last week and he would be key to India’s victory once again this week
India went into the match, high on confidence having beaten the opposition last week in what was a game that could have gone either way. Then they outclassed Hong Kong on a sluggish surface where only Suryakumar Yadav knew how to bat and get the best out of the pitch. Virat Kohli also looked in fine touch and scored a fifty against Hong Kong. Suryakumar Yadav (68 not out) and Virat Kohli (59 not out), who put on a 98-run third-wicket partnership, enabled them to score 192 runs in 20 overs. Suryakumar Yadav’s 22-ball fifty was his sixth T20I fifty. Virat Kohli, on the other hand, struck his 31st T20I fifty after a slow start, needing just 40 balls. Their bowling might be just a concern as India are already short of their premium bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel but with star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja out of the tournament due to a knee injury. India have added Axar Patel to the squad as his replacement and he would be likely to replace him in the side. The fast bowling except for Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t been upto the mark and maybe it is time to revert back to three spin and three pace options in the starting squad.
Indian management need to think a lot whether they should back Avesh Khan after a poor run of form in this crunch game against Pakistan
Pakistan made a bold declaration of intent while simultaneously qualifying for the Super 4s of the Asia Cup 2022 at the Sharjah cricket stadium after defeating Hong Kong by an enormous margin of 155 runs. Men in Green began their season with a defeat against India, but they came back strongly against Hong Kong to win a few points. Pakistan have performed well and have no injury concerns as of now. Their only concern would be that their middle order is untested and has faced a lot less balls in comparison to the top 3. The win against Hong Kong was their first T20I win in 2022 and they would be hoping to add more to the tally sooner rather than later.
Pakistan’s victory against Hong Kong was the second biggest win in terms of runs which shows how good the team is
Pakistan’s Team for the Asia Cup : Babar Azam (Captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (Wicketkeeper), Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain
Pakistan’s Predicted Playing XI vs India : Babar Azam (Captain), Mohammad Rizwan (Wicketkeeper), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani
India’s Team for the Asia Cup : Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal
India’s Predicted Playing XI vs Pakistan : Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant (Wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Pant might just make the cut for the team at the expense of Jadeja and India might just go with 5 bowlers including Hardik Pandya
Head to Head – India vs Pakistan in the Asia Cup
Matches Played : 15
India Wins : 9
Pakistan Wins : 5
No Result : 1
Super Four Match 2: India vs Pakistan
Venue : Dubai International Stadium
Time : 7:30 P.M IST or 6:00 P.M (Local time) or 7:00 P.M (PKT)