The First match to start India's Asia Cup campaign will be against Pakistan. It will be played at the Ahu Dhabi International cricket Stadium in Dubai. The match will start at 7:30 PM IST.
It’s time for the mother of all games. A high intensity, high voltage brawl between the two sides with a huge fan following on both sides of the Indo-Pak boarder, and the world over. India and Pakistan matches are sentimentally loaded and specifically strenuous for both the sides. Very often careers are made or shattered, you can become a hero or you can be forgotten at the drop of a hat.
Looking at the present status of both the teams, it’s a game essentially targeted between India’s batting proficiency and Pakistan’s bowling competency. The stats suggest that in this particular stadium, whichever team wins the toss should bow first as there is moisture in the wicket in the early evenings that can result into assisting the fast bowlers making it easier for the side to chase, when the moisture goes away.
Fantasy Stars for IND vs PAK
Rohit Sharma has every shot in the locker. He has played 132 matches, scored 3487 runs with a batting average of 32.3 and a strike rate of 140.3 in his T20 International career so far. The Indian captain is a top class player who can play shots all around the ground. His only soft spot is with the incoming deliveries, but when he settles down he is hard to uproot and can be relentless.
Suryakumar Yadav is a difficult player to bowl to and can play unconventional shots to good balls, hitting shorts to every corner of the ground. He has played 23 matches, scored 672 runs with a batting average of 37.3 and a strike rate of 175.4. He plays impressive pickup shorts over fine leg making it a highly difficult job to set a field for him.
Virat Kohil is a class act who has played 99 T20Is, scored 3308 runs, with a batting average of 50.1 and a strike rate of 137.7. He plays beautiful cover drives through the covers and can hit beautiful flip shots through the legside and onside. A purist when it comes to technique, he is a cool customer for grabbing eyeballs, which also means a lot of expectations attached to him from this big match.
Babar Azam has been in rich form and has scored truckloads of runs in this year. He has played 74 T20 International matches, scored 2686 runs with a batting average of 45.5 and a strike rate of 129.4 in his T20 International career so far. Established himself to be the backbone of the Pakistan team since his insertion in the team, the man has responsibly carried the load of the Pakistan batting line up on his shoulders. He possesses a compact technique and can play the pull and the cut shot proficiently well.
Mohammad Rizwaz, the wicket keeper batsman of Pakistan can play attacking cricket form the very first ball and goes over extra cover with delectable ease. He has played 30 T20 International matches, scored 123 runs, with a batting average of 17.6 and a strike rate of 133.7 in his T20 International career so far. Rizwan can play the late cut through third man excellently well and can play the cover drive with absolute brilliance through the offside.
Fakhar Zaman an X-factor for Pakistan, has played 65 T20 International matches, scored1253 runs with a batting average of 22.4 and a strike rate of 131.6 in his T20 International career so far. He is a demanding player who takes no time to go big and smash the ball extremely well down the ground. His pull shots are played remarkably well over deep midwicket.