The match holds no real value in the context of 2018 Asia Cup as both Pakistan and India have already qualified for the tournament’s Super Four stage.
By Jawad Hussain
KARACHI, September 19, 2018 (News925.com) — The bitter arch-rivals Pakistan and India have locked horns in one of the most anticipated clashes of the 2018 Asia Cup at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.
The two sides could face each other thrice in the tournament. Today is their first encounter, but both will face off again in the Super Four round, whereas they could by seen fighting for the title in the last match of the 2018 Asia Cup.
However, today’s clash holds no real value in the broader context of the 2018 Asia Cup as both teams have won their respective matches against Hong Kong and hence qualified into the Super Four stage from the Group A.
2018 Asia Cup: India vs Pakistan – Toss
Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and decided to bat first. In the high-profile match, Pakistani captain has opted to put runs on the board and put pressure on the rusty-looking Indian batsmen. India barely avoided an upset against Hong Kong the last night. Pakistan looked in a great shape in their eight-wicket thrashing of Hong Kong in their opening match.
2018 Asia Cup: India vs Pakistan – Playing XIs
Pakistan’s playing XI includes skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, and Usman Khan Shinwari.
Indian playing XI has Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzwendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Jadav.
The only significance of the Pakistan-India clash is the psychological advantage. Pakistan look to add more fuel to their confidence which emanated from the last year’s ICC Champions Trophy final triumph over India. India would look to make a statement in the absence of their skipper Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the 2018 Asia Cup cricket tournament in the United Arab Emirates.