Asia Cup 2022 is scheduled to kickstart with a high-octane encounter as arch rivals India and Pakistan are going to lock horns at Dubai international cricket stadium on 28th august. India is going into the match with three-back-to-back series wins against England, West Indies, and Zimbabwe. Whereas Pakistan is coming into the game with the series wins against Ireland. India has dominated in the Asia cup by winning 8 out of 14 matches they have played against Pakistan and Pakistan has won 5 matches so far. With big guns returning to the Indian side fans are excited to watch their favorite stars in action together after a long gap.
The Indian side is a much more balanced outfit with settled batting and bowling line-up. Virat Kohli's form is the biggest question mark but he is returning from a long break. So he is expected to come back with his majestic touch. Pakistan on another hand is also a much-settled outfit when it comes to the t20s. Their captain Babar Azam is in form of his life and he is ably supported by Mohammed Rizwan and Fakhar Zaman. When it comes to bowling Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep are doing extremely well and you can expect Chalal and Jadeja will take care of the spin bowling department. For Pakistan Haris Rauf and Shadab khan are expected to provide much-needed firepower.
Players to watch out for: India
Since the t20 world cup debacle last year, the message from team India management is clear. They are playing the attacking game in the powerplay and captain Rohit Sharma seems to have adapted to that very well. He is also in good touch with the bat and with the absence of Shaheen Afridi, Rohit Sharma is expected to do well against Pakistan.
Formally called SKY Surya Kumar Yadav is the 360-degree batsman who can be expected to play at any order and can able to accelerate the innings at the point of the game. So his form is crucial for India not only in this high-octane encounter but also for the whole tournament.
Pakistan: Babar Azam
Captain Babar Azam is in the form of his life. He is expected to repeat the same form which he displayed in the last few months. Considering the strong bowling line-up his form is crucial for Pakistan to emerge better against India.
One of the finest wicket-keeper batsmen the game has ever produced Mohammed Rizwan is expected to do well in the upcoming Asia cup. Dubai is considered his favorite pitch where he has played some crucial knocks in his career. So he is expected to repeat the same kind of performance against India this Saturday as well.
Normally pitch at Dubai international stadium is always conducive for fast bowlers. You can also expect the slowness in the pitch in the second innings. So winning the toss and opting for bowling will be the ideal choice for both teams.
No rain is expected according to the latest weather reports and the temperature is expected to be around 35 degree-Celcius.
Expected playing XI:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
Babar Azam (Captian), Mohammad Rizwan (Wicket Keeper), Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Haider Ali, Shadab Khan (Vice Captain), Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani.
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