India vs Pakistan 2nd Match live
The revival of Indian batting has reached a turning point. Since the lethargic World Cup campaign that occurred last October in the UAE, much time and effort has been put into attaining a do-over. Starting on Sunday, there’s a chance to test it out for the first time in a multi-team competition. India could use an opposition that regularly wins in the UAE as a starting point to determine whether this 180-degree batting turnaround will break their 15-year T20 World Cup trophy drought later this year.
With a full-strength top-order, India now has the opportunity to commit to this chaotic strategy after improving their batting performances over the past ten months in every part of the T20 innings. India has done this by accepting the risks and rewards of not playing cautiously. When KL Rahul and Virat Kohli return from their respective sabbatical, the VVS Laxman-Rohit Sharma team will have a critical decision to make early in this campaign. Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant have functioned as effective floaters while India has a 5-6-7 finishing axis of Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, and Ravindra Jadeja. However, with their return to full strength, this strategy may need to be adjusted as a reflection of the batting pecking order.
All rhythm issues and decision-making difficulties for Pakistan are related to their bowling. Due to Shaheen Afridi’s injury, Pakistan has already been hindered against an opposition that has had trouble handling the left-hander in previous matches. Mohammad Wasim Jr. is now unavailable due to an injury sustained during practice.
Shahnawaz Dahani and Naseem Shah are Pakistan’s two quick bowlers, and they have a combined experience of two Twenty20 Internationals. Hasan Ali, who wasn’t initially selected after a lackluster year with the ball, is now back in the team. With his left-arm-free bowling combinations, Babar Azam must be precise, while leggie Shadab Khan, making his first T20I appearance since December 2021, must also get going right away.
When: Second Group A match between India and Pakistan will begin at 6:00 p.m. local time/7:30 p.m. IST.
Where: International Cricket Stadium in Dubai
What to anticipate: The influence of dew, which causes problems for teams that must bowl second. However, India has prepared for this possibility by electing to bat first whenever it is feasible since their last game there. India has won 12 and lost just 3 of the 16 T20Is after the 2021 World Cup in which they have batted first.
Head-to-head: India has a better 8-5 win-loss record versus Pakistan in Asia Cups. Five of the six Asia Cup matches between the two teams since 2010 have been won by India.
Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel aren’t included in India’s roster because of ailments. There were no other picks who weren’t present.
Strategies and matchups: Twelve of Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 20 wickets in T20Is this year have come in the PowerPlay. India will seek to utilize this skill against a team with a top-3 and middle-order batting average of 42.35 and 15.59, respectively, since January 2021, which shows a glaring talent gap between them. Since January 2021, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan have scored more than 1000 T20I runs combined, hence India’s bowlers should prioritize breaking their opening partnership.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan
Mohammad Wasim Jr. was forced to withdraw from the competition after sustaining a side strain while bowling in a practice session. As a substitute, Hasan Ali has been hired.
Strategies and matchups: Without Shaheen, Babar must use his fields carefully against an aggressive Indian batting team. It is important to wisely utilize the large dimensions of the Dubai stadium, especially in the PowerPlay overs, when India has struck 71 sixes in 37 innings since January 2021. Pakistan has only hit 30 of them throughout this time (in 10 fewer innings), which helps put the level of risk-taking into perspective. Timing the introduction of leggies Shadab and Usman Qadir will also be crucial, depending on where Rishabh Pant bats.
Probable XI: Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah/Shahnawaz Dahani
“We’ve played enough cricket here over the last several years to know what we need to accomplish both collectively and individually, even if dew is a concern. Therefore, I believe that in both cases, we should be ready to combat whatever is in our path.” Mr. Rohit Sharma
“We must acknowledge that accidents happen in sports. We have faith in our young bowlers since they routinely do well. Shaheen is one of the best bowlers, and he bowls with unmatched aggression. He is the one who is in charge of the bowling team. So he will be missed.” Babar Azam