Date: September 10, 2023
Time : 3:00 PM IST
Venue : R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
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India will go head-to-head against Pakistan in their first match of the Super Four stage in the Asia Cup 2023, at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. These two arch-rivals contested a group stage contest against each other, during the early stages of the continental cricket tournament, which was spoiled by incessant rains in Kandy. While Pakistan and India are undefeated in the Asia Cup, their form going into the upcoming match on September 10, has been a stark contrast to each other.
India's batting lineup has seen a couple of decent individual performances during their limited outings at the Asia Cup 2023, from the likes of captain Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Hardik Pandya. They are yet to put together a quality display of batsmanship as an overall unit, which the team management would want to see happen, sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, in the bowling side of things, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj picked up three wickets each against Nepal in the only outing with the ball for Team India.
Meanwhile, Pakistan have been scoring runs consistently in the Asia Cup 2023, with players like the captain Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, and Iftikhar Ahmed, stepping up when the situation has demanded it. The rest of the batters have also chipped in, with some important contributions in the lower order, to help propel the Men in Green to above par totals. On the other hand, the bowlers have delivered the goods for Pakistan, with their fast-bowling trio of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf, finding themselves amongst the wickets regularly.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
Wicketkeeper : Mohammad Rizwan
Batters : Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam
All-Rounders : Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan
Bowlers : Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
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