All eyes will be on coming Sunday’s Mega encounter between India’s arch-rivals Pakistan. This will be the first match for both teams in Asia Cup 2022, which will be played at Dubai International Stadium at 07.30 pm as per Indian Standard time on 28 August. Hitman Rohit Sharma will captain the men in blue and the Pakistan team will be led by Babar Azam. Fans can enjoy the live match on Star Sports Channel.
Looking at the Asia Cup rivalry between India and Pakistan, the Men in blue are having upper hand over PAK. In this tournament, both teams collied 14 times where India emerged as the winner on 8 occasions and Pakistan has 5 wins to their name one match ended without a result in the year 1997.
India, Pakistan, and Hong Kong are placed in group A in Asia Cup. This will be the first time that Asia Cup will be played in a T20 format earlier all Asia Cup tournaments were played in the ODI format. The last five T20 records between the two teams prove Indian dominance in the shortest format of the game but Pakistan defeated the Indian team comprehensively in Oct 2021 in T20 World Cup.
Both teams will try to pick up their best playing eleven ahead of the high voltage match. For decades batting had been the strength of team India and bowling had been Pakistan’s strong area.
India and Pakistan teams have exciting players to watch out for, who can turn the game at any point in time.
India Squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (C), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Rizwan, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain
The primary star bowlers from either team Jasprit Bumrah from India and Shaheen Afridi had already withdrawn themselves from their respective teams due to injuries. The Dubai cricket stadium frequently hosts T20 matches with an average score of 160-170 runs. One can expect seam movement and extra bounce at the start of play, with spinners having the upper hand in the middle phase. Dubai’s cricket stadium’s straight boundaries are quite short batsmen will try to ]take advantage of the same.
Both teams will prefer to bat second, keeping in mind the 80 percent winning record of the chasing team at this venue.
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