Asia Cup- India Vs Pakistan, who will win the match

 

 Cricket battle-India Vs. Pakistan

 

The upcoming India-Pakistan match in the Asia Cup promises to be a high-voltage encounteras always.

However, the weather forecast for Saturday’s game in Pallekele suggests that rain and thunderstorms might play spoilsport. This could potentially lead to a shortened match if the weather allows it.

India is entering the competition with a strong lineup, including the return of players like Shreyas Iyer and Jasprit Bumrah.

However, their lack of recent game time might be a concern. With limited ODIs in their lead-up to the World Cup, their match fitness will be closely watched.

Pakistan began their Asia Cup campaign on a confident note, with Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed delivering stellar performances.

Still, they have some areas to address, including Fakhar Zaman’s batting form and concerns about Shaheen Afridi’s rhythm.

The match is scheduled for Saturday, September 2, at 3:00 PM local time at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

Unfortunately, the weather forecast predicts rain and thunderstorms with a thick cloud cover throughout the day.

Here’s what to expect from both teams:

Pakistan:

They might give Fakhar Zaman another chance despite his recent struggles. Faheem Ashraf is an option if they want to strengthen their pace attack. Shaheen Afridi will be crucial against India’s top order, considering Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s previous difficulties against left-arm pace.

Probable XI:

Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman/Faheem Ashraf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf

India:

Shreyas Iyer’s return will bolster their middle order. The choice between Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel depends on their batting needs and pitch conditions. Kuldeep Yadav has a good track record against Babar and Zaman.

Probable XI:

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Some interesting stats:

  • Babar Azam has struggled against India in ODIs, with an average of 31.60 and no fifty-plus scores.
  • Rohit Sharma has been consistent against Pakistan, with three scores of over 90 in his last five innings.
  • Ravindra Jadeja has been impressive with the bat since the 2019 World Cup but has gone wicketless in 10 of his 22 bowling innings during this period.

 

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