Date: September 10, 2023
Time : 3:00 PM IST
Venue : R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
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In the highly anticipated Asia Cup 2023 Super Four match, India will take on their arch-rivals Pakistan at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The first meeting of these two teams during the group stage of the continental cricket tournament ended in a no-result, due to heavy rains in Kandy. But still, the Indian batters went head-to-head against Pakistan bowlers, which might keep them and their team in good stead, for the upcoming clash in the Super Four stage.
The pitches at the R Premadasa Stadium are known to assist the spinners the most in ODIs over its long and rich cricketing history. With the average first innings score of 225, this venue isn’t easy for the batting teams to make big scores consistently. That’s why, we could see a total in the range of 250-270, when India plays against Pakistan on September 10.
The first two batting outings for Team India were a stark contrast to one another in the Asia Cup 2023, with Pakistan bowlers taking toll early in the innings, but Nepal bowlers were unable to do so. The positives have been Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan, who resurrected the innings for India against Pakistan, while we can’t discount the contribution of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill against Nepal either. In the bowling department, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj were amongst the wickets against Nepal batters, boosting their confidence for the tougher challenges ahead.
SportsTiger Playing XI of 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, who have already won their first match in the Super Fours of the Asia Cup 2023 against Bangladesh, have been in great form throughout the tournament with the bat, ball, and in the field. The likes of Imam-ul-Haq, captain Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Mohammad Rizwan have been amongst the runs for the Men in Green. Talking about the bowling, it’s the dynamic trio of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf, who have been the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, taking down the top order of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh with ease thus far.
SportsTiger Playing XI of 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
India are yet to play a fully completed match in the Asia Cup 2023, due to the rains, which isn’t ideal preparation for them to take on the big challenges going forward. That’s why, it’s imperative for them to start well against Pakistan, in both their batting and bowling innings, otherwise they could find themselves struggling against their arch-rivals once more.
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