Date: September 2, 2023
Time: 3:00 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
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India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in one of the biggest matches of the Asia Cup 2023 on September 2 in Kandy. India will be playing their first ODI in a month. In Team India's previous fixture, they defeated West Indies to clinch the series 2-1. Meanwhile, Pakistan started their Asia Cup campaign on a great note, steamrolling Nepal by 238 runs in Multan. These two neighbouring teams know each other quite well, so the expectation of a closely contested ODI match isn’t definitely out of the question.
The pitches at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium are known for providing something to the batters and the bowlers alike. This venue has an average first innings score of 248, which is something India and Pakistan batters will be looking to overhaul, at the very least, when they take the field in Kandy.
India will have most of their first-choice ODI batters available in months, which could be one of the biggest positives going into the Asia Cup 2023. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will need to step up for the Men in Blue in a big game against the arch-rivals. In the bowling department, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj will be taking the field together for the first time in more than a year, which is going to bode well for the team going into the next couple of months of high voltage cricket.
SportsTiger Playing XI of India
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
The batting lineup of Pakistan was shouldered by the captain Babar Azam, who resurrected the innings after the fall of four quick wickets against Nepal. He shared a partnership of 214 runs with Iftikhar Ahmed and both scored centuries in the process, to help the home team reach a massive score of 342. The early wickets with the ball from Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Khan, followed by a clean-up job from the spinner Shadab Khan, was enough for the Men in Green to achieve a comfortable win.
SportsTiger Playing XI of Pakistan
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
There is no clear favourite in an India and Pakistan match these days, irrespective of the format. The team which will adapt to the conditions faster in comparison to their opponents, they are going to have a better chance of winning the match when it's all said and done.
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