Defending champions India will kick off their Asian Cup campaign with a high-tension game against Pakistan. The match between the two great rivals will be played at the Dubai International Stadium. The two teams last faced each other at the T20 World Cup last October. And the Men in Blue had to concede a humiliating 10-wicket defeat in the contest.
India, the most successful team in Asian Cup history, had to suffer a major blow ahead of this year’s multi-nation tournament after their star guard Jasprit Bumrah was left out of the event due to a back injury.
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Pakistan, on the other hand, won’t have Shaheen Afridi in the Asian Cup either. The left-arm pacer failed to secure his place in the squad after suffering a knee injury.
India and Pakistan have been placed in Group A of the Asian Cup along with Hong Kong.
The India vs Pakistan Asia Cup match will be held at the Dubai International Stadium. Clear skies are expected in Dubai on Sunday. Rain is highly unlikely to spoil the game in the India-Pakistan Asian Cup match as there is no chance of rain on Sunday. The wind speed is expected to be around 17 km/h on match day while the temperature could fluctuate between 40 degrees Celsius and 31 degrees Celsius. Humidity should be around 35%.
The ground at the Dubai International Stadium appears to be good for rotations, but lately has been helping the playmakers. In the last game of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan, in 2021, India’s top order was dismantled by point guard Shaheen Afridi. Teams beating second on this site have emerged victorious lately.
India (IND) vs Pakistan (PAK) Possible starting XI:
India starting lineup: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
Expected starting lineup for Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani
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