After a thumping win in the group stages, India once again lock horns with Pakistan in the Super 4 of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022. The high-octane clash is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 4 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both teams will look to begin the next phase of the continental tournament.
The Men in Blue suffered a massive blow ahead of the Super 4 with Ravindra Jadeja ruled out of the tournament. He was the only all-rounder in the playing XI and his ouster will once again reignite the debate over Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant.
Axar Patel, who replaced Jadeja in the squad, is likely to walk into the side. Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the match against Hong Kong, should also return to the playing XI.
For Pakistan, it is take-two of finding a way to get the better of a familiar foe that enjoys an overwhelming record against them in the format. Pakistan bowlers hardly put a foot wrong in last Sunday’s defeat to India, and now arrive with the batters, barring Babar Azam, too getting their fill of confidence from the outing against Hong Kong.
Asia Cup 2022: Super 4 – India vs Pakistan
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Ground, Dubai
Date and Time: September 4, 2022, 7.30 pm IST
The unforgiving weather of Dubai pushed players to the hilt as it did in the previous fixture between these two sides last Sunday. There should also be continued assistance for quicks with variety in their arsenal.
Predicted Playing XI
India (IND): Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Pakistan (PAK): Babar Azam (c), Muhammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Hasan Ali.
India and Pakistan have always produced high-octane clashes with the match being watched by millions all over the globe. India humbled their arch-rivals in their last meeting and Pakistan will hope to return the favour. The Men in Green are likely to win the contest. Betway has also placed their bet at 2.30 in favour of Pakistan.
IND vs PAK – Fantasy Team Suggestions
Fantasy Team 1: Mohammad Rizwan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
Fantasy Team 2: Mohammad Rizwan, KL Rahul (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan (c), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shahnawaz Dahani, Haris Rauf