Arch rivals, India and Pakistan, have arrived at Dhaka to play the most exciting and crucial match of Asia Cup 2016. Even the luster of this tournament’s final becomes subdued before the colorful emotional panorama this contest has the potential to generate. Every cricket guru has his/her own estimation of the teams but one point where all voices become unanimous, deems this game a fight between Pakistan’s superior bowling attack and India’s marvelous batting lineup. If Bangladesh pitches behave the way they have done so far, Pakistani bowling will definitely create troubles for India but then Pakistan’s unreliable batting will also suffer from such conditions. So the contest looks even with both teams relying on their strengths and seeking a way to pierce through each other’s defense.
Toss: This information will be provided after the coin is tossed into the air.
Match Timings: 07:30 PM local | 01:30 PM GMT | 06:30 PM PST | 07:00 PM IST
Indian team is still the favorites to win this tournament because of their recent victories against Sri Lanka and Australia. They have already started their journey with a win against Bangladesh in the first match. Rohit Sharma’s formidable form proved a key to success in the previous match. However the collapse of their top and middle order against the hosts should be a matter of supreme concern for the team management because today they will be playing against the best bowling attack of the tournament where small mistake can cost them this most important game. It will also be a test for Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh who have the capacity to play a cardinal role for their team.
For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir’s return to international arena has strengthened their already powerful bowling squad. There are a lot of expectations about his performance in today’s match which may put him under pressure. However the duo of Amir and Wahab form and very fatal combination. Both possess lethal capability to take wickets while dispensing minimum runs and keep the opposition under pressure. It will be very interesting to watch these bowlers against the powerful batsmen like Sharma, Kohli and Yuvraj.
Pitch Report: The pitches for the Fatullah qualifiers were brilliant for batting. The ball came on nicely and the bounce was true. Mirpur has also been similar, except for the fact that early on it has also provided sideways movement. Light showers are forecast for the morning, but they shouldn’t impact the match.
Asia Cup, 4th Match: India v Pakistan at Dhaka, Feb 27, 2016
MS Dhoni*†, R Ashwin, JJ Bumrah, S Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, RA Jadeja, V Kohli, B Kumar, P Negi, A Nehra, HH Pandya, PA Patel†, AM Rahane, SK Raina, RG Sharma, Yuvraj Singh
Shahid Afridi*, Anwar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Khurram Manzoor, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Nawaz (3), Mohammad Sami, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Wahab Riaz
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