India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2023: Match Preview, Prediction, Dream11 Team, Fantasy Tips and Pitch Report
India and Pakistan will renew their rivalry in the Super Fours stage of the Asia Cup 2023 on Sunday, September 10, at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. The two teams have not faced each other in an ODI since the epic World Cup final in 2019, which England won on boundary count after a tie in the match and the Super Over. Both teams have qualified for the Super Fours after topping their respective groups, with India winning both their matches against Nepal and Sri Lanka, and Pakistan winning one and tying one against Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
The match is expected to be a high-octane contest, with both teams having plenty of firepower in their batting and bowling departments. India will be led by Rohit Sharma, who has been in sublime form in the tournament, scoring two centuries in two matches. He will be supported by Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Ishan Kishan.
Pakistan’s bowling will be led by Shaheen Afridi, who has been the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with seven wickets in two matches. He will be supported by Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz, and Shadab Khan, who have all been impressive with the ball.
The match is likely to be a close one, with both teams having strengths and weaknesses. India has a slight edge in batting, with more depth and experience, while Pakistan has a slight edge in bowling, with more variety and pace. The pitch at the R. Premadasa Stadium has been good for batting, with an average score of 282 in the tournament. However, it has also offered some assistance to the spinners, especially in the second innings. The weather is expected to be partly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain.
Based on the current form and conditions, we predict that India will win the match and secure their spot in the final.
Here is our suggested Dream11 team for the India vs. Pakistan match:
– Wicket-keeper: Ishan Kishan
– Batsmen: Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, Babar Azam (vice-captain), Fakhar Zaman
– All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Khan
– Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Shaheen Afridi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Haris Rauf
– Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam are the obvious choices for captain and vice-captain, as they are the leading run-scorers in the tournament and have a great record against each other’s teams.
– Ishan Kishan is a good option for wicket-keeper, as he has been explosive at the top of the order and can also keep wickets if Rishabh Pant is rested.
– Ravindra Jadeja and Shadab Khan are valuable all-rounders, as they can contribute with both bat and ball and are also excellent fielders.
– Jasprit Bumrah and Shaheen Afridi are the best bowlers from both sides, as they can take wickets at any stage of the innings and are also economical.
– Yuzvendra Chahal and Haris Rauf are good picks for spinners and pacers respectively, as they have been among the wickets in the tournament and can trouble the batsmen with their variations.
The pitch at the R. Premadasa Stadium has been a good one for batting, with an average score of 282 in the tournament. The highest score has been 338 by India against Sri Lanka, while the lowest score has been 197 by Nepal against India. The pitch has also offered some turn for the spinners, especially in the second innings. The team batting first has won four out of six matches in the tournament, while the team chasing has won two. The toss will be crucial, as both teams will prefer to bat first and put pressure on the opposition.
Strengths and Weaknesses
India has a strong batting line-up, with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Ishan Kishan in top form. They also have a balanced bowling attack, with Jasprit Bumrah leading the pace department and Yuzvendra Chahal leading the spin department. They have a good record against Pakistan in ICC tournaments, having won seven out of eight matches. Their weakness could be their middle order, which has not been tested much in the tournament. They could also struggle against Pakistan’s pace attack, which has been potent and varied.
Pakistan has a solid top order, with Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, and Imam-ul-Haq scoring runs consistently. They also have a potent bowling attack, with Shaheen Afridi leading the pace department and Shadab Khan leading the spin department. They have a good record in Sri Lanka, having won 14 out of 20 matches. Their weakness could be their lower order, which has not contributed much in the tournament. They could also struggle against India’s spin attack, which has been effective and economical.