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Asia Cup 2022: Rohit Sharma’s India have surprises up their sleeves in battle of egos vs Pakistan

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The Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan is anticipated to be a high-octane encounter, with the 2 groups set to face one another for the primary time because the 2021 World Cup.

The sport probably will maintain extra significance for the followers and the cricketers, because the Asia Cup is basically a stage rehearsal for the premier ICC occasion of the calendar – the T20 World Cup, set to be held in Australia later within the months of October and November. On paper, the 2 groups, dealing with one another within the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday, 28 August are the strongest items within the match, and one can be mendacity if they didn’t count on even slightly bit of warmth between the 2 sides.

However, we’re presently within the post-pandemic period, and issues usually are not fairly the identical anymore.

The build-up to this sport has been nothing like what it normally is when arch-rivals face one another.
Team members of both facet haven’t gone on a press run in opposition to any explicit participant, Virat Kohli has come out and known as the opposition captain ‘probably the very best batsman throughout all codecs and the present Indian captain – Rohit Sharma – has inquired of Babar Azam, that precisely when does he plan to get married.

© meets ©#AsiaCup2022

— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) August 27, 2022

While the camaraderie might need been good, one can count on some fierce motion from the gamers on the pitch. The coaching visuals that the Indian crew have shared through their social media accounts look promising. Virat Kohli appears to be like to be in menacing contact in opposition to the spinners, Rohit Sharma appears to be in a superb contact and on the opposite facet, the calm of Babar Azam and the fidgety-ness of Mohammad Rizwan is probably probably the most well-balanced cocktail which you can order on the high of the batting line-up.


The largest level of distinction between the conflict in 2021 and the one on Sunday can be their bowling assaults. While Pakistan shall be lacking Shaheen Afridi in what appears to be an ACL damage, India shall be with out the providers of Jasprit Bumrah. In this case, the competitors ought to revolve across the batters, not like the final time.

The pitch

The observe that was used within the curtain-raiser between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka on August 27, shall be used on Sunday. The pitch provided motion initially of the innings, which toppled the Sri Lanka batting order. The spinners didn’t get a lot assist in the later half of the innings, and the wicket is anticipated to stay the identical.

An outstanding begin with the ball from Afghanistan #SLvAFG | Scorecard:

— ICC (@ICC) August 27, 2022
Players to be careful for

Mohammad Rizwan (PAK) – The media could be flocking round Babar Azam and his greatness with the bat, however one should not overlook the all-round hitting functionality of this wicket-keeper batter who could make a mockery out of any bowling line-up on the planet.

Dream. Visualise. Execute.

Mohammad Rizwan’s masterpiece began earlier than a ball was bowled #T20WorldCup #INDvPAK

— ICC (@ICC) October 25, 2021

Hardik Pandya (IND) – Nobody has impressed extra since April 2022 than Hardik Pandya in world cricket. Captaining his crew to an Indian Premier League profitable, placing in a MOM efficiency within the closing. Since then, Hardik has been terrific with each bat and ball, has captained India in opposition to Ireland, and far is anticipated of him within the close to future.

Where to look at

The match shall be broadcasted on Star Sports Network in India from 7:30 PM

Probable Playing XIsIndia

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (C) Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Avesh Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh


Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Asif Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dahani, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

— ENDS —