Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: India focus on top-order approach and death-over bowling

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Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: India focus on top-order approach and death-over bowling
Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: India focus on top-order approach and death-over bowling

Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: India focus on top-order approach and death-over bowling

Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: India will be hoping for a “Sunday Encore” against Pakistan in an Asia Cup “Super 4s” match. The renowned top-order will be yearning for a change of direction, and the bowling attack may be adjusted.

Avesh Khan’s lack of expertise at the death is just as concerning as the top-Powerplay order’s mentality, as team management may need to make changes to the bowling attack in order to compete with a potent Pakistani team that just destroyed Hong Kong by more than 150 runs.

Axar Patel seems like a natural substitute for Ravindra Jadeja, who isn’t available for this match. But the Saurashtra all-absence rounder’s hurts the team’s combination.

In order to maintain the left-right combination in the top six against Pakistan, head coach Rahul Dravid moved Jadeja up to number four and benched Rishabh Pant.

On Sunday, it is uncertain whether Rohit Sharma and Dravid would take another chance. But it won’t be overstating things to claim that the only player from Roorkee who can meet the need for a pure left-handed hitter in the top six is him.

Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: India focus on top-order approach and death-over bowling
Asia Cup 2022, India vs Pakistan: India focus on top-order approach and death-over bowling

Rohit would anticipate that the intensity of the game is maintained at the same level as it was last Sunday. When India won in an exciting final-over finish thanks to Hardik Pandya’s one-man performance.

The top-cautious order’s attitude in the Powerplay overs is one example of the Indian team’s fragile underbelly. Despite the talent minefield that surrounds them.

When facing the Pakistani onslaught, neither Virat Kohli nor Rohit appeared to be at ease. And when the pitch slowed down, their issues seemed to have gotten worse.

With an out-of-rhythm KL Rahul playing his slowest ever innings (36 off 39 balls). India was on the verge of a disastrous batting performance against minnows Hong Kong. Suryakumar Yadav’s pure brilliance saved India.

Since it is now obvious that the trio of Rahul, Rohit, and Kohli isn’t performing well for the team. It is important to ask if India will reshuffle their top order and add some firepower.

To be fair to Rahul, he deserves another shot at the top order given that Naseem Shah removed him off the very first ball he faced on Sunday.

However, the think tank must make it very obvious to Rahul that he needs to adjust his perspective. And stop focusing on the quantity of runs rather than the impact they have.

For its part, the Pakistani squad would like to score more runs in the first 10 overs.

Babar Azam and Mohammed Rizwan have only ever been successful when chasing, but they haven’t exactly excelled when batting first.

Additionally, the Dubai track’s sluggishness causes some issues for the hitters.

Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh’s ability to both play in the starting eleven is now in doubt.

Deepak Hooda as a batting all-rounder or Ravichandran Ashwin as a bowling all-rounder can utilised in place of Axar’s constrictive bowling.

Fakhar Zaman and Khushdil Shah, two left-handed batsmen in the top six, make it possible for an off spinner. To take the ball away, complementing Bhuvneshwar and Hardik’s hard-throwing bowling.

Overall, another Super Sunday may be in the works as the two bitter neighbours prepare for battle.

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, Avesh Khan.

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