It took India and Pakistan 455 days to take on each other on a cricket field on 19 September, a big gap that we are used to. However, in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018, fans had to wait for just another three days before both the arch-rivals once again lock horns with each other. Thus, it has been a perfect buffet for all the die-hard fans of both nations in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018.
Meanwhile, there was a little bit of Masala missing in the first encounter between the nemesis as it was a one-sided affair. However, the fans will hope that next contest satiates their expectations of a close contest. India-Pakistan matches are generally fought till the last breath. Therefore, the cricketing world will hope that next match between them constitutes all the factors of a high voltage game as they will hope the match goes down to the wire.
Consequently, the fans will hope for a perfect feast when India and Pakistan will square off.
India was able to comprehensively win the first contest and would aim to continue their domination over the Men in Green. On the other hand, Pakistan will like to make a solid comeback.
Here is India’s Predicted Playing XI:
India’s captain Rohit Sharma has scored two back to back fifties. Sharma took the back driver’s seat early on the in the innings against Bangladesh. As expected, the right-hander was able to catch-up.
Shikhar Dhawan is also in good form with the bat. Dhawan scored a fine hundred in the first match whereas he scored two scores in the forties in the following matches.
Ambati Rayudu has looked in good form in the Asia Cup 2018. Rayudu will like to bring his best to the table in the important fixture against Pakistan.
Dhoni can be given a longer rope at number four.
MS Dhoni was promoted to the number four position in the previous match and might get another chance at the same place. Dhoni batted with much more freedom and would like to continue in the similar fashion.
Dinesh Karthik was able to spend some quality time in the middle in the match against Pakistan. Thus, Karthik will like to provide solidarity to the middle order.
Kedar Jadhav has done a fine job with the ball. Therefore, Jadhav will like to continue with his good form. Meanwhile, Jadhav will also look to deliver the goods with the bat.
Jadeja made a fine return.
Ravindra Jadeja was majestic in his comeback. Jadeja scalped four wickets on his return and would like to continue to impress to cement his place in the side.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has had some fine couple of performances. Kumar has taken six wickets in the last two matches which would have added to his confidence.
Chahal and Kuldeep will like to get back amongst the wickets.
Kuldeep Yadav had gone wicketless in the last match. Therefore, he would like to add to his wickets column in the match against Men in Green.
Chahal had also gone wicketless in the previous match. However, Chahal was able to keep the runs down. Meanwhile, Chahal will like to keep getting the breakthroughs.
Jasprit Bumrah had scalped three wickets in the previous match against Bangladesh. Bumrah has done well for India consistently and would like to continue with the same.