Date: September 2, Saturday
Time: 3:00 pm IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
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The 16th edition of the Asia Cup kicked off in full swing with the hosts, Pakistan, registering a commanding victory over the debutants, Nepal, in the season opener. However, the day that the fans were waiting for, the heated India-Pakistan clash is finally here, and arch-rivals are set to lock horns in the third fixture of the tournament, on September 2 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
It goes without saying that the IND-PAK matches are always a treat to watch and seeing the neighbours locking horns after four years in an ODI game would be nothing but a festival for cricket devotees. As mentioned, the Babar Azam-led squad are coming on the back of a huge victory in the inaugural game, while the Indian men under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma will begin their campaign with the Saturday match.
To ss Prediction
If we have a look at the past five 50-over clashes played between India and Pakistan, the toss record stands 4-1 in the favour of Men in Green. The records make us believe that when it comes to the toss, luck has favoured the Pakistan skippers. We think the same will happen in the next match, and Babar Azam will come on top in the toss battle to take the record to 5-1.
Both India and Pakistan are fairly strong teams, especially when we talk about the limited-over format. If we have a look at the head-to-head records of past 10 clashes, the statistics read 7-3 towards the Indians. It clearly means that while Pakistan had a clear-cut dominance in the 90s, this is the era of the seven-time Asia Cup winners.
Hence, looking at the data, and the fact that India is coming into the tournament with a fresh approach, we believe Rohit Sharma's side will win the match.
Predicted Powerplay Score and Average First Inning Score
The Pallekele Stadium has hosted a total of 33 matches thus far, with 363 being the highest and 70 being the lowest score recorded. The average first-inning score of the stadium is 248, and hence, we can expect the first-inning score to be between the range of 245-255. On the flip side, the average powerplay score of the venue is 56, and therefore, we believe in the upcoming match it will hover in the range of 45-60.
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