The arch rivals India and Pakistan will battle it out on Saturday at Shere Bangla National Stadium,Mirpur in the Asia Cup.
There is always buzz and hype around the place whenever the India and Pakistan play each other in any global event.The teams train more rigorously for the clash to out do each other on the field due to escalated expectations created the media and among fans
For once they will play each other after acrimonious situation in terms of political condition between two arch rivals as a proposed bilateral series was abandoned due to extreme elements in India.
There is no doubt that hype and euphoria will be no less in this clash in Asia Cup as compared to encounters staged between them in World Cups.
India have been playing well and performing as a unit in T20 format as players like Jaspreet Bumrah and Hardik Pandya have come in and provided stealth to the Indian bowling line-up.
On the other hand,Pakistan form has been on the decline as they lost the T20 series to New Zealand but Muhammad Amir’s form after his return to international cricket is a positive for the team.
MS Dhoni is still suffering from troubled back and Ashish Nehra also did not take part in the training session in Fatullah on Friday.Dhoni will have to play through pain against Pakistan given the enormity of the match in the Asia Cup.
India (line-up): 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk)/Parthiv Patel, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra
Pakistan has plenty of options in bowling department as Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Irfran will ask a lot of questions of the opposition batsmen.Mohammad Sami also returns after impressive outing in the inaugural Pakistan Super League.The captain Shahid Afridi and Head Coach Waqar Younis must find the ideal combination to come up trumps on the given day against India.
Pakistan (line-up): 1 Sharjeel Khan, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Umar Akmal, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Imad Wasim, 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi (capt), 8 Anwar Ali/Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Irfan
Pitch and conditions
The pitch prepared at Mirpur will be good wicket and they will be nice bounce on the surface.