Match Preview: Pakistan vs India

Match Preview: Pakistan vs India

Match Preview: Pakistan vs India 

In the second match of the Asia Cup, Pakistan and India will compete against each other today. The match between these two teams is a very high-pressure match because both teams have not played against each other in a series, they only compete against each other in ICC events, so this match is most eagerly awaited and this is I have the highest pressure match.

This year both teams are equal to each other, both teams are in very good form. Therefore, both teams have the ability to win this match. Today’s match will be won by the team that will handle the pressure very well. Because both teams have very good batting and bowling. The team which will play very well under pressure will win this match.

Like India, Pakistan is also relying on its top three batsmen. Just as Pakistan’s middle order is weak, India’s middle order is inexperienced, which is why both teams seem balance to each other.

Big picture

Every time there is an Asia Cup around, its relevance is brought into question. Is it not enough that it brings together India and Pakistan for an actual game of cricket outside the World Cup and Champions Trophy? This edition has the potential of as many as three matches between them. It is not the case but even if the rest of the tournament is a facade to just find a way to have these teams play, it is
Since their last bilateral engagement in the first week of 2013, the two sides have faced each other only 12 times, four of them in the Asia Cup. Among Full Members, they have played only Afghanistan and Ireland less frequently in this period.
To have them play frequently is important because the more India and Pakistan play each other, the less jingoistic the fans’ reaction becomes, the less the chances of a repeat of what Mohammed had to face the last time these two teams played.
Among the players themselves, distance has made their hearts grow fonder. Just look at the concern India’s players have for the fitness of Shaheen Shah Afridi, their wrecker
Since that match, India have shed a lot of their inhibition with the bat. Pakistan have shed some ageing batters, but they are still anchor-heavy, which works only in great bowling units. And their bowling is not the same as the last time around. Apart from Afridi not being there, Imad Wasim is missing, and Hasan Ali is back at the last minute only because Muhammad Wasim got injured. That points to the ordinary form of Hasan.
India, too, will be missing Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, but they still look more settled coming into the Asia Cup. They are tactically much more switched on than they were earlier. However, come match day in T20 cricket, these things can all be blown out of the park. Especially when you play each other as infrequently as these teams do.

In the spotlight

Babar Azam and Virat Kohli. We don’t yet know if they are peas from the same pod but the spotlight is sure to follow them wherever they go. Kohli has bought into the team philosophy of taking more risks even though he has himself not been getting the runs. Forget the external noise, it can be silenced, but is the trust the team is putting in him despite an extended dry run now becoming a bit of pressure?
Babar continues to be the run machine but does he trust the batters after him. sufficiently to play a more enterprising game? It will be in sharp focus now that their bowling attack doesn’t look as strong as it did last year. Especially if Pakistan are sent in to bat first at a chase-friendly venue.

Team news

It is incredible that India could be going into the match with the same top seven as last year but still hold a completely different outlook and threat. It is not likely that they take a player of Kohli’s stature into the squad and then make him sit. That leaves Rishahab Pant and Danesh Karthik for one slot. Pant is a more all-round batter and is the only left-hand batter in the top six; Karthi9k is a specialist finisher. Tough choice.
The bowling is not at full strength with only Bhuvnashwer Kumar and Chahal as the certainties. Arshdeep Singh, the only left-arm quick in contention for the World Cup, should get in. The final spot will likely be decided between Avesh Khan and Ashwin.

Probably Playing XI of India

1 KL Rahul 2 Rohit Sharma (capt) 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 R Ashwin/Avesh Khan, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Arshdeep Singh
Pakistan’s top seven is more or less settled, leaving some debate over the bowlers. With Shadab Khan being the vice-captain, it is unlikely they will be going for two wristspinners, so Mohammad Nawaz is likely to pip Usman Qadir. With Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah providing high pace, they could pick the control of Shahnawaz Dahani over Mohammad Hasnain.

Probably Playing XI of  Pakistan

 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Asif Ali, 5 Iftikhar Ahmed, 6 Khushdil Shah, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Mohammad Nawaz/Usman Qadir, 9 Shahnawaz Dahani/Mohammad Hasnain, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Naseem Shah

Pitch and conditions

The World Cup last year and all the IPLs in the UAE, where matches began at 6pm, are a clear indicator that Dubai tilts the scales heavily in favour of the chasing side. There is some tackiness early on, and there is dew to contend with for only one side, as opposed to both teams in case of late starts.
Other than that, keep an eye out for the oppressive heat. Even during the night, the temperatures are expected to hover around 35°C.

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