Dubai: Hours ahead of the blockbuster between India and Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday, an ex-Australian cricketer Brad Hogg made a huge prediction about who would win the game. As per the Australian Chinaman, Pakistan would edge India. That is strange because Virat Kohli’s India is pitted as title favourites.Also Read - IND vs NZ | 2nd Test, Day 3: India Need 5-Wickets to Clinch Series, Ajaz Patel Scalps 14
This is the opening match for both sides and they would like to get their campaign off to a winning start. Despite realising Indian fans will not like it, Hogg reckons Pakistan at some stage would have to turn the tide. Also Read - IND vs NZ MATCH HIGHLIGHTS 2nd Test, Day 3 Today Cricket Updates: Ashwin, Top-Order Shine as India Dominate at Wankhede; New Zealand Lose Half-a-Side in 540 Chase
“India has won 7 out of 8 games in T20 cricket and the law of averages says that Pakistan at some stage have to turn the tide. I think Pakistan might win tonight. I know that Indian fans won’t like that, but that’s the way I see it,” Higg said on his YouTube channel. Also Read - BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly Disappointed With Team India's Performance in T20 World Cup 2021
He also suggested Shaheen Afridi bring the ball back against Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. He also reckoned Haris Rauf could get the big wicket of in-form KL Rahul.
“Pakistan need Shaheen Afridi to swing the ball back in to Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and try and get both of them out LBW. When it comes to KL Rahul, he is going to be very dominant and really at his peak at the moment, I think Harris Rauf with his extra pace could get him out early. If he doesn’t, I think Rahul is going to make a big score.”
IND vs PAK Probable Playing XIs
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi.