In the second match of the Asia Cup 2022, the neighbouring countries and the arch-rivals, India and Pakistan, will take on each other in a high-octane fixture to prove their supremacy in the sport. The age-old rivals will square off on Sunday, August 28 at 7:30 PM IST at the Dubai International Stadium.
The Rohit Sharma-led team will commence their title defence against their fierce competitors. The Men in Blue will walk into this competition without their prime bowler, Jasprit Bumrah. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav in the top four, India have a star-studded line-up. The Indian camp would come prepared to avoid succumbing to the left-handed bowlers as they did in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. The number one team in the shortest format will look to commence their Asia Cup campaign on a higher note with a comprehensive victory on Sunday.
On the other hand, Pakistan also fell prey to injuries as they won’t be receiving the services of their star bowler, Shaheen Afridi. Nevertheless, the Babar Azam-led team will be heading into this fixture full of confidence following their victory over the Indians in their last meet-up. The team’s skipper and the world’s number one batsman opens the batting, which could be one of the positives for the unit ahead of the game. Babar and his men will look to recreate the outcome of the 2021 WC fixture.
In the head-to-head fixture between the two teams in the prestigious Asian cricket tournament, India have the upper hand. Both sides have collided in the competition 14 times, the Men in Blue have emerged victorious on eight occasions while Pakistan won five games. One of 14 fixtures have ended in a tie.
The previous encounter between India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup took place in 2018, the former won the game by nine wickets.
Where to watch:
TV – Star Sports Network
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