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INDIA and PAKISTAN will face each other in Asia Cup 2023 super four match in R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

When: Sunday, 10 September 2023 at 3:00 PM local/IST

Where: R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo


What to expect: There are lengthy television buildups and ball-by-ball commentary. Since thunderstorms are predicted to last through Sunday, the prediction is terrible. The reserve day will almost certainly be used, but ironically, the outlook for Monday now looks even worse.

After all the sweating under covers, the Colombo pitch is anticipated to be the slowest and most spin-friendly in the tournament so far. It will undoubtedly offer something to the bowlers. In the most recent ODI played here, getting runs was challenging, but Pakistan’s 268 in the first innings proved to be more than enough, as the spinners went on to take six of the ten Afghanistan wickets that fell.

Team news:
Pakistan
In the Super Four game against Bangladesh, Naseem Shah injured his arm while attempting to field, but the good news is that he came back to bowl later in the innings. Naseem should be ready to depart after three days of recuperation. After being passed over in favour of Faheem Ashraf on a track in Lahore that was a little more pacy, Mohammad Nawaz might make his way back into the starting lineup.

Beware of Kuldeep Yadav’s early entry into the assault since he has a bad match-up against both Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman.

Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (w), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf

India

After returning from a personal trip to India, Bumrah should be able to rejoin the team right away. KL Rahul, who had been recovering at NCA Bengaluru, has also joined the team in Colombo, but will he immediately regain his berth in the middle of the order and the gloves? A better choice would be the effective left-handed Ishan Kishan, who helps break up the middle-order’s right-hand monotony. If the surface appears to be dry, India may decide to play Axar Patel rather than Shardul Thakur.

Virat Kohli’s runs inside the PowerPlay have a strike-rate of 67 and an average of 19 since 2022. Pakistan will attempt to maintain its early lack of form.


Probable XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Did you know:

– In this Asia Cup, Pakistan has bowled out all three opposition teams.

– Babar Azam’s ODI score against Kuldeep Yadav is 35 balls, 18 runs, and 2 dismissals.

– In Naseem Shah’s brief 13-match ODI career, he has never gone without a wicket.

– Ishan Kishan has four straight ODI scores of fifty or more. Only Kohli, Tendulkar, Rahane, and Rohit have more among India’s batters (five apiece), with Kohli having done it three times.

– Over the course of eight games at RPS Colombo, Virat Kohli averages around 105.

What they said:

“Given the continuous cricket we are playing both in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, you can say that we hold an edge (over India). We have been playing here in Sri Lanka for the past two months or so. We have played Tests, we played a series against Afghanistan and then the LPL, so it can be said that we have an advantage” – Babar Azam

“It was my first game playing Pakistan in a senior men’s game and there was extra pressure obviously. But the way I look at it is that there’ll be pressure in all nine league games at the World Cup. They will all be must-win games and there will be pressure similar to what was felt playing Pakistan the other day, so the experience will help” – Shubman Gill


India’s Team/Squad for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023

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