About the Match
India defeated hosts Bangladesh in the opening match of the Asia Cup by 45 runs to garner two points; they will now take on traditional rivals Pakistan in one of the most anticipated clash of recent times which will be the 4th match of the tournament at Dhaka on 27th February. Pakistan will be eager to start their campaign with a win here while India will be eager to continue with their winning momentum; both teams have experience and talent on their side but whichever team manages to perform under pressure will be better placed to emerge victorious on Saturday.
India began its campaign with a big win against Bangladesh by 45 runs in the opening match to take a lead on the points table; batting first, Rohit Sharma smashed away 83 runs off 55 balls to build the foundation. Hardik Pandya contributed with 31 off 18 and they combined well to take the total to 166 runs, which the bowlers led by Ashish Nehra’s 3-23 defended easily and restricted the opposition to just 121 runs to win the match comfortably. Although their top-order faltered on a greenish surface, things did not look alarming. Their batsmen have scored runs in the previous outings and will be eager to do the same here as well.
Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Ashwin also contributed with a wicket each and they look good to strike back with more wickets in the upcoming match; if the batting line-up can build strong partnerships against the Pakistani pace attack, India can manage to have the upper hand in the proceedings of the match.
Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh must come out all guns blazing here and if the bowlers continue with their disciplined attack against Pakistan, then surely they prove to be a formidable force to reckon with.
Shahid Afridi is a terrific all-rounder and will lead the side with his several years of experience playing in this format of the game; Sharjeel Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal have been in good form with the bat in recent outings and will provide depth to the batting line-up. Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz, who shone in the recent Pakistan Super League, bring their all-rounder skills to the table and will look to dominate on the field.
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Sami have done very well with pace in recent outings and can demolish the Indian batting line-up with their left and right combinations. The spin squad consists of Nawaz, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor and the captain himself Afridi, who has time and again proved his bowling skills to win matches for his team.
Overall, they are a very confident unit and with the good performances in the domestic circuit recently, there have been many talent revelations which will provide the team the edge to do well here. If they can stay motivated and surprise the opponents with their wicket-taking abilities, Pakistan could surely be the team to look out for in this coveted series.
Both teams have a well-balanced combination of experienced batsmen and lethal bowlers, who can dominate on the field. The bowling, with the likes of Nehra and Bumrah, has turned out to be trump card as far as recent success in the shortest format is concerned. Their bowling has been well complemented by the batsmen more often than not in previous occasions. Pakistan, on the other hand, looks a strong unit especially after the performance of their players in recently concluded PSL. Going by the form, experience and team-on-paper, we feel that India is better placed to emerge victorious