INDIA vs PAKISTAN: Top Order In Focus As Rivals Meet Again

DUBAI- The famed top-order would be desperate for a course correction while the bowling attack could be rejigged as India aim for a Sunday encore against Pakistan in an Asia Cup Super 4s clash.

In the last game against Pakistan, Dravid promoted Jadeja to number four to keep the left-right combination going in the top six, as Rishabh Pant was dropped from the playing XI.

Last Sunday, it was Hardik Pandya’s one-man show that got India over the line in a thrilling final-over finish, and Rohit would expect that the intensity is maintained in this game too.

Neither Virat Kohli nor Rohit looked comfortable against the Pakistani attack and as the pitch got slower, their problems seemed to have compounded.

The Pakistan team, on its part, would also like to score more in the first 10 overs.

Mohammed Rizwan and Babar Azam have had all the success while chasing but batting first hasn’t exactly been the strong suit for the pair.

Also, the slowness of the Dubai track does create a few problems for the batters.

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh.

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Usman Qadir, Mohammed Hasnain, Hasan Ali.

Avesh, Dahani To Miss IND-PAK Asia Cup Tie

India pacer Avesh Khan and Pakistan speedster Shahnawaz Dahani  have been ruled out of Sunday’s Super 4 match up between India and Pakistan.

Dahani is the third Pakistan paceman sidelined with injury after ace fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi missed the Asia Cup because of a knee problem and Mohammad Wasim Junior because of a side strain.

The Pakistan Cricket Board said Saturday that Dahani picked up the injury during Pakistan’s 155-run win over Hong Kong at Sharjah on Friday after the fast bowler took 1-7 off his two overs.

Pakistan could bring in either Mohammad Hasnain or Hasan Ali in the playing XI.

Meanwhile, India head coach Rahul Dravid revealed on Saturday that Avesh Khan was unwell.

“Avesh Khan is a little unwell and hopefully, we will get him for the later matches of the tournament,” Dravid said on the eve of the match.

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