The most-awaited match between India vs Pakistan is now upon us when this year’s Asia Cup 2023 Super Four will take place on Sunday in Colombo. Fans were devastated when the group stage game between the arch rivals was lost due to the heavy rains in Kandy. Since then, the Rohit Sharma-led team has played Nepal and thrashed the Nepali team by 10 wickets. However, the Babar Azam-led team played Bangladesh in their debut Super Four match and defeated Bangladesh 7 wickets to 7.
The two teams are now squaring with each other again. Let’s check which team has the advantage over the other team:
Head to Head
India and Pakistan have played each other 133 times in the 50-over format. In those encounters, Pakistan won 73 while India prevailed 55.
India’s predicted playing XI, KL Rahul, and Jasprit Bumrah return
Pakistan will enter the game as their world’s No. 1 cricket team for ODIs following their victory over Bangladesh by seven wickets in their very first Super 4 match. They’ve been on a roll lately, with their fast attack featuring Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah taking the top spot in their bowling rankings for this tournament. However, they are facing their most difficult test against India in Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium on Sunday since the Indians are expected to field their most powerful team for the very first time.
The top wicketkeeper batsman has missed the group stage match against Pakistan because of an extended recovery from the injury, but is now fit enough to play the remainder of the match. Rohit Sharma will also be happy with the return of top pacer Jasprit Bumrah in this year’s Super 4 matches. Bumrah did not play in the Nepal game because he was pregnant with his second child. He also did not get the chance to play against Pakistan because of the rain.
Bumrah and Rahul’s presence will be an enormous increase in the chances for the team against Pakistan; however, it could be an issue with the selection process between the team captain Rohit Sharma and the head of the team, Rahul Dravid. If Rahul is selected to start, who will start as well as who’ll make way for Bumrah? These two questions will keep fans guessing until the toss is decided.
Ishan Kishan’s stunning bowl in the match against Pakistan has been his fifth consecutive 50 ODI, and his replacement for KL Rahul would be a travesty. Rahul hasn’t played matches since IPL 2023, and his selection to play in this crucial Pakistan match will bring up some questions too. However, Rahul has a remarkable record when playing in the position of No. 5 and is likely to take over Ishan Kishan as India’s No. 11 player.
When bowling, Bumrah will definitely bowl against Pakistan and is expected to take over Mohammed Shami in the playing eleven. Shami had only one wicket during his time in Nepal; however, he threw an impressively economical spell. Shardul Thakur‘s batting abilities and Mohammed Siraj‘s performance provided them with an advantage over Shami currently, and the management will likely look into it when choosing the team to play against Pakistan.
India’s predicted playing XI vs. Pakistan: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan Playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf
R. Premadasa Stadium Pitch Report
The surface of R. Premadasa Stadium has previously been helpful to spinners but can be helpful to batters due to its quick outfield speed and smaller boundaries. The chasing on this pitch is not easy; however, if you consider the conditions, it is possible that the winner of the toss is likely to decide to bowl first, since there is a DLS element that will be a significant factor in the event that rain is a factor.
Colombo Weather Report
There are 70 to 85 percent chances of precipitation on match day, with absolutely no indication of clear skies. The humidity is expected to be around 81%. The winds could be blowing at around 21 kilometers per hour. The weather could disappoint fans yet again.
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