- Sinchan Saha | August 24, 2022 | 8:29 pm
The IND vs PAK game in the Asia Cup 2022 will be played on August 28 in Dubai. The timetable was released recently and was shared by Asian Cricket Council chief Jay Shah who shared the timetable on his Twitter handle on August 2, Tuesday. UAE was given the hosting privileges for the tournament after it had to be moved out of Sri Lanka because of the latter’s economic crisis.
India and Pakistan are put in group A with a qualifier team. Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are set in group B. It is plausible of India and Pakistan playing more than once in the tournament.
Discussing IND vs PAK Asia Cup face off, In 14 meetings between the two sides in Asia Cup, Pakistan has managed to beat India five times while losing 8 matches themselves. The PCB declared a 15-member side for the Asia Cup. The side will be led by Babar Azam with Shadab Khan named as the vice-captain of the side.
The Indian squad has not been announced at this point however the senior players are supposed to make a comeback into the side. The BCCI is probably going to declare one team for the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup.
IND vs PAK: 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
Indian Top-Order vs Shaheen Afridi
Shaheen Afridi destroyed the Indian top order cheaply in the T20 World Cup game a year ago. He got back with figures of 3/31 excusing Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul one after another. One anticipates that this fight should characterise the result of this IND vs PAK Asia Cup game in Dubai. The Indian top-order is careful about the danger of Shaheen and will make necessary changes in their game to score off him.
Babar Azam vs Ravindra Jadeja
Babar Azam is susceptible to playing spin. He has issues against playing right arm off and orthodox leg spin. Jadeja thus can be a decent match-up against him bringing the ball into him. The left-arm spinner can squeeze him for room which in turn will force him to play false strokes.
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Mohammad Rizwan
Rizwan holds the record for scoring the most runs in an IND vs PAK T20I game. He scored an unbeaten 79 to overpower the game in the T20 World Cup last year and none of the Indian bowlers had any responses to his strokeplay. In this game, Bhuvneshwar Kumar can be given the responsibility to pick him early with his ability to swing the new ball. Bhuvi will likewise face Babar Azam and if he gets the two of them, he will have worked effectively.