Each time there may be an Asia Cup round, its relevance is introduced into query. Is it not sufficient that it brings collectively India and Pakistan for an precise sport of cricket exterior the World Cup and Champions Trophy? This version has the potential of as many as three matches between them. It isn’t the case however even when the remainder of the match is a facade to simply discover a method to have these groups play, it’s price it.
Since their final bilateral engagement within the first week of 2013, the 2 sides have confronted one another solely 12 occasions, 4 of them within the Asia Cup. Amongst Full Members, they’ve performed solely Afghanistan and Eire much less incessantly on this interval.
India, too, will likely be lacking Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, however they nonetheless look extra settled coming into the Asia Cup. They’re tactically far more switched on than they had been earlier. Nonetheless, come match day in T20 cricket, these items can all be blown out of the park. Particularly if you play one another as occasionally as these groups do.
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India (possible): 1 KL Rahul 2 Rohit Sharma (capt) 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 R Ashwin/Avesh Khan, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Arshdeep Singh
Pakistan’s high seven is kind of settled, leaving some debate over the bowlers. With Shadab Khan being the vice-captain, it’s unlikely they are going to be going for 2 wristspinners, so Mohammad Nawaz is prone to pip Usman Qadir. With Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah offering excessive tempo, they may choose the management of Shahnawaz Dahani over Mohammad Hasnain.
Pakistan (possible): 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Asif Ali, 5 Iftikhar Ahmed, 6 Khushdil Shah, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Mohammad Nawaz/Usman Qadir, 9 Shahnawaz Dahani/Mohammad Hasnain, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Naseem Shah
Pitch and circumstances
The World Cup final 12 months and all of the IPLs within the UAE, the place matches started at 6pm, are a transparent indicator that Dubai tilts the scales closely in favour of the chasing facet. There may be some tackiness early on, and there may be dew to deal with for just one facet, versus each groups in case of late begins.
Apart from that, maintain an eye fixed out for the oppressive warmth. Even throughout the evening, the temperatures are anticipated to hover round 35°C.
Stats and trivia
- India lead Pakistan 8-5 on head-to-head within the Asia Cup, each codecs put collectively. They’re on a three-match successful streak.
- This will likely be Kohli’s one hundredth T20I, making him solely the second participant after Ross Taylor to play 100 worldwide video games in all three codecs.
“When there is a chance to strive completely different mixtures, we’ll strive. Alongside the way in which, if we make errors or face difficulties, we’re okay with that. We’ve spoken about it as a gaggle, and there may be nothing to concern.”
Rohit Sharma says India will maintain experimenting within the lead-up to the T20 World Cup
“Actually, that [last World Cup] sport is a factor of the previous now. It will not have an effect on Sunday’s match. I’m fully targeted on tomorrow’s sport. The groups are form of completely different, the circumstances are completely different. Though as a facet we’re assured, we can’t discuss large forward of the sport. We want to show it on the sector.”
Babar Azam does not wish to be drawn into the hype of the final 12 months’s World Cup win
Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo