Date: October 24, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Stadium
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The mother of all battles- India vs Pakistan- is upon us. While the rivalry may seem a bit hyped given Pakistan’s recent record and even the overall head-to-head record in T20Is between the two nations, the unpredictable nature of the Pakistan cricket team makes them a dangerous opponent for the Men in Blue. Moreover, the two teams belong to two cricket crazy nations, none of whom will want to see their neighbour beat them on a cricket field which adds to the excitement and buzz for this match.
While India head into this game on the back of wins in both their warm-up fixtures, Pakistan registered a win in one but lost a close match against South Africa as they gear up for the Super 12 clash against India. Being as objective as humanly possible will also suggest an advantage to India entering in this game but on match day, the world has witnessed the silliest and most fanatics of things occur, which means it won’t be wise to rule Pakistan out in the shortest format of the game.
Mohammad Rizwan at the top of the order plus his wicketkeeping abilities will be a safe bet on the Fantasy side. However, he comes at 9.5 credits in comparison to Rishabh Pant who is available at 9. Spend those credits wisely in this fixture as plenty of star power is available in this fixture. Among the batters, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman are all superb options and that’s not all as one may even opt for the experience of Shoaib Malik. However, those with the opportunity to face maximum balls could be given a preference. Mohammad Hafeez, Ravindra Jadeja are the all-rounders available, with Hardik’s bowling still under the scanner, one may choose to oversee him as he is unlikely to get lots of balls to make an impact with the bat alone. Jasprit Bumrah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, and whosoever gets the nod between Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Chakravarthy could be the bowlers to choose from in this game.
Probable Playing XI:
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin/Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali/ Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi
Wicketkeepers: Mohammad Rizwan
Batters: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Mohammad Hafeez, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shadab Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin/Varun Chakravarthy
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