The final hour of the much-awaited clash has finally when arch-rivals India and Pakistan will clash in the Asia Cup Group A game on September 19 at the Dubai International Stadium.
Meanwhile, both teams are coming on the back of a win against the minnows Hong Kong. While Pakistan had an easy win, India had to fight hard to open their campaign with a win. The India-Pakistan rivalry is old, and the sub-plots are always fascinating. The two teams are coming up against each other in the UAE – the neutral venue where they have played the most against each other – after a period of 12 long years.
The last time this two sides met in Champions Trophy in 20117, Pakistan beat India to lift the trophy. However, Sarfraz Ahmed said that the previous meeting doesn’t have any bearing on the one coming up.
Team India will go into this game with a lot of concerns after their last night clash against Hong Kong. The Indian middle-order is still unconvincing, Bhuvneshwar Kumar went wicketless and for the majority of the Hong Kong chase, it appeared like they’d pull off an upset against India. They eventually didn’t, but a thoroughly tested India might just be there for the taking.
On the other hand, the only reason for worry will be Mohammad Amir’s form this year. He has averaged more than 40+ in this current year, however, other bowlers have made it up for him. The batsmen have also done a good job with Fakhar Zaman leading the unit from the front.
This clash between India and Pakistan will be the most cherished encounter in this six-nations Asia Cup.
It’s the sort of fixture that even sapping Dubai heat won’t have a bearing on. A packed house, braving the weather, is likely to grace the stadium. The temperature will hover around 35 to 40 Degree Celsius making it tough for the players. Furthermore, the hot conditions mean fitness could become a critical factor in the final analysis.
All the pitches used in the tournament so far have been slow, and Wednesday’s is going to be no exception. The bowlers are likely to get some assistance early on as evident from Lasith Malinga’s first over against Bangladesh.
It will be a nerve-wracking clash between the two arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup Group A clash.
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