Asia Cup 2022: Second match between India and Pakistan scheduled for Sunday, both teams eye good start in Super Four phase
Another exciting India vs Pakistan match is scheduled for Sunday, as both bitter rivals hope to capitalise on their Super Four opener at the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.
India enters the Super Four unblemished; they are in first place on the table with two victories in two games and four points. Pakistan, on the other hand, is in second place with one victory in two games and two points. Notably, there had been a thriller match between India and Pakistan. Their respective 2022 Asia Cup campaigns got underway with this game. India defeated Pakistan by five wickets to get its title defence off to a victorious start. Pakistan was bowled out for 147 in 19.5 overs with the aid of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26) and Hardik Pandya (3/25) with their bowling. Pakistan’s best scorer was Rizwan (43).
Virat Kohli (35), Ravindra Jadeja (35) and Hardik Pandya (33*) all contributed to Team India’s five-wicket victory with two balls remaining as they chased down 148. Both Naseem Shah (2/27) and Mohammed Nawaz (3/33) gave their teams strong efforts with the ball.
But this time, the stakes are quite high. Both sides are eager to get their Super Four Phase off to a winning start because it will make their path to the Asia Cup final less difficult. Fans are also hoping that both Asian powerhouses advance so they can compete in the championship game.
Indian top order consisting of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli will have to deliver their best in this match. While Virat appears to have lost some of his rust with his unbeaten 59* against Hong Kong, openers Rahul and Rohit are still having trouble getting off to a good start and maximising their powerplay. The challenge for Rohit will be to get back in the running. While Rahul’s task will be to not only score runs but also to keep a healthy strike rate.
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Recently, the middle order in India has proven to be more reliable. When necessary, individuals like Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, and Deepak Hooda have stepped up and accepted accountability. Batters with flair like Suryakumar, Hardik, and Pant will be eager to test a strong Pakistan attack with a variety of strokes.
The majority of Indian bowlers have been effective, including Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh. And Hardik Pandya, who not only took crucial wickets but also bowled efficiently. Avesh Khan had a costly performance against Hong Kong in which he let up 53 runs in four overs. If Avesh has management support despite recently leaking runs with the ball, it will be intriguing to see.
Due to an injury, India’s most dependable all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja, will be unavailable. And his team will be severely lacking in all three areas of the field.
The UAE wickets, which have usually favoured India’s pace attack, will also be a challenge for spinner. Including Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel (who has taken Ravindra Jadeja’s spot due to injury).
Pakistan, on the other hand, is entering the game with high spirits after thrashing Hong Kong by 155 runs. Though their reliance on star batter Babar Azam raises some doubts. It was nice to see players like Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, and Khusdil Shah score runs to make up for Azam’s underwhelming effort.
For this vital match, Azam will be attempting to get back into his finest shape. Since they are not currently facing Hong Kong or another associate team, Pakistan should use care when facing Indian bowlers. They are going toe to toe with a team that is just as world-class as theirs.
Pakistan’s bowling has been outstanding so far in the Asia Cup. In the two T20I games he has played so far, young pacer Naseem Shah has excelled. And has mostly taken the place of Shaheen Shah Afridi. Shahnawaz Dahani, a pacer, has also excelled. Pakistan’s greatest strength in this competition has been its spinners, with Mohammad Nawaz leading the bowling statistics with six wickets. Shadab Khan, a leg-break bowler, is close by, sitting third with five wickets. Pakistan will need to play outstanding pace and spin if they want to win this game.
Regardless of the outcome, Asia Cup 2022 is expected to bring another another “Super Sunday” to the continent’s millions of devoted cricket fans in Asian homes. While many of them will swarm to the stadium to watch the action. It will also exciting for them to watch it live on television while surrounded by loved ones, food, and friends.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), 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, Hasan Ali, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Hasnain.