September 19, Wednesday; 17:00 IST
Dubai Worldwide Cricket Stadium
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To witness one other India vs Pakistan match, we’ve got needed to wait 15 months and for one more multi-team match, within the type of Asia Cup. The rarity of those events is likely one of the causes for the thrill, whereas the expertise within the groups ensures that the followers are, extra nor usually, handled to contest. For everybody concerned, it is a match you don’t need to lose.
The importance of Pakistan profitable final yr’s Champions Trophy, beating India within the remaining, can’t be understated. This was not solely the one trophy that was lacking from their cupboard but additionally, this victory got here after a chronic interval of India dominating the rivalry, significantly in ICC tournaments. Nevertheless, we’ll solely know as soon as the match begins if beating India to the Champions Trophy has given Pakistan the arrogance of taking part in and profitable in opposition to India on the few events these arch-rivals meet.
As for the Asia Cup itself, Pakistan are the higher staff on paper. Pakistan boast batsmen who’ve been scoring runs constantly this yr they usually don’t have the weaknesses (within the batting and bowling departments) that India are attempting to beat. Virat Kohli’s absence could also be felt in some unspecified time in the future through the match, significantly if India are set a giant rating to chase.
India beating Hong Kong means this Group A match is a useless rubber, however the depth is prone to stay excessive. India will look to hit their stride after a barely detached show in opposition to Hong Kong, whereas that is Pakistan’s first main check of the Asia Cup.
Dubai Cricket Stadium pitch report and forecast
India and Pakistan will play on the identical pitch that was used for India’s fixture in opposition to Hong Kong. Through which case, it has an opportunity to be slower. The captain who wins the toss is prone to choose to bat first when the circumstances are good for batting. Additionally, the absence of Virat Kohli within the Indian batting line-up and Pakistan traditionally not being chasing aspect is prone to sway Rohit Sharma and Sarfraz Ahmed to bat first.
The forecast says that the temperature on Tuesday will as soon as once more be above 40 diploma Celsius, although the night and evening temperatures are over 30 levels solely.
India vs Pakistan face to face in ODI, Asia Cup
India and Pakistan share a 5-5 face to face file in Asia Cup, whereas the general head to bead file in ODIs is 73-52 in favour of Pakistan, with 4 not producing a outcome.
India vs Pakistan taking part in XI
India rested just a few of the regulars from the XI for the Hong Kong fixture, notably Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. Ambati Rayudu is prone to preserve his place after his 70-ball 60 yesterday, although we’ll should see if Dinesh Karthik’s 30-plus rating later within the innings might be sufficient to retain his place within the XI. Bumrah is prone to are available in for Shardul Thakur.
Possible India taking part in XI: 1 Rohit Sharma (c), 2 Shikhar Dhawan, three Ambati Rayudu, four Dinesh Karthik/KL Rahul, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, eight Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Khaleel Ahmed
Pakistan performed with their first-choice XI in opposition to Hong Kong and are prone to be unchanged for the conflict in opposition to India.
Possible Pakistan XI: 1 Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), 2 Imam-ul-Haq, three Fakhar Zaman, four Babar Azam, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Asif Ali, 7 Hasan Ali, eight Shadab Khan, 9 Faheem Ashraf, 10 Usman Khan, 11 Mohammad Amir
With the pitch being a bit of slower, toss might be key, with the captain profitable the toss prone to choose to bat first. Three of the 4 matches within the match up to now have been received by the staff batting first. That mentioned, each groups begin on virtually a degree footing and we’re in for a gripping contest.