Defending champions India, who have been clinical in the Asia Cup 2018 so far barring the first game against Hong Kong, will look to come out with yet another all-round performance when they face arch-rival Pakistan in their second Super Four match on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium in Dubai. Also Read - Mumbai Indians Tweets Live Scores & Commentary of MI vs CSK Match as COVID-19 Forces Postponement | SEE POSTS
After the 7-wicket win over Bangladesh on Friday, the Indian side looks more confident and comfortable to beat their arch-rivals in a similar fashion as they did in their last encounter. However, Rohit Sharma’s men would be wary of the fact that they cannot leave any scope of complacency against the Men in Green, who are not only have been a side with match-winners, but have the ability to change the game on its heads. Also Read - India's Tour of Australia 2020 in Jeopardy as Australia Government Imposes Six Months Travel Ban
The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side suffered an 8-wicket defeat at the hands of India, in a match that proved to be a completely one-sided contest despite all the hype. But on Sunday, Pakistan would be eager to avenge that defeat just like they did in the Champions Trophy 2017. Also Read - ICC Salutes Former T20 World Cup Winner Joginder Sharma For Performing His Cop Duty During Coronavirus Outbreak
When one looks at both the teams, India still look more sorted than Pakistan in all the departments. Interestingly, both the teams lost their all-rounders in the last match they played against each other, with India eventually adding three new players to their squad as replacements.
However, India were lucky enough as Ravindra Jadeja, who was playing an ODI after 15 months, dismantled Bangladesh’s middle order, taking four wickets in his first ODI in over 14 months. The gap left by Hardik Pandya was solved with one masterstroke move from Sharma.
The batting line-up for India seems to be in good touch with all the top four being among the runs. The bowling department also looks pretty solid with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah leading the pack and providing the team with breakthroughs, not only in the beginning but towards the death as well.
While Kumar took 3 wickets against both Bangladesh and Pakistan, Bumrah took 3 wickets against the former and 2 against the latter. Even though Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal did not take a single wicket against Bangladesh, there is no real cause of concerns for the team. And when we add Kedar Jadhav into the mix and India’s bowling line-up looks all the more sorted and balanced.
For Pakistan, they might go in with few changes, especially in the top order as opening batsman Fakhar Zaman has failed to deliver his best in the tournament so far. The left-handed batsman was dismissed for a duck in two previous occasions and Pakistan might lookout for a replacement. Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir, who has been going through a dry spell in recent matches, was kept on the sidelines against Afghanistan which Pakistan managed to win courtesy some experienced batting from veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik.
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Khan, Shan Masood, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan