Asia Cup 2022 Match 2 Pakistan Vs India Match Prediction: India Is Riding On A Prettier Form As Compared To The Pakistan Side
Every Pakistan vs India game is bound to draw huge crowds and we're likely to witness similar scenes globally when the cricket juggernauts will clash for the Asia Cup 2022 opener. Here you can see the match prediction for Pakistan vs India.
Pakistan Vs India Match Details
- Teams - Pakistan vs India Match, Match Asia Cup 2022
- Date - 28th August, Sunday
- Time - 7:30 PM IST
- Venue - Dubai International Stadium
India Cricket Team's Current Form
India is coming off an easy 3-0 whitewash in ODIs over Zimbabwe where KL Rahul led the side. The visitors did not have Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and other notable players who are generally representing the side in major games.
As for T20Is, India last toured the West Indies where they won the series 4-1. Arshdeep Singh was the player of the series while Axar Patel, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, and Shreyas Iyer showed glimpses of their skills too.
Pakistan Cricket Team's Current Form
Pakistan is coming off a 3-0 clean sweep in ODIs against the Netherlands where the hosts gave them a run for their money. Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, and Mohammad Nawaz were the notable performers.
The two-time Asia Cup winners last played a T20I in April against Australia at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium. The hosts lost the one-off T20 by three wickets.
Azam has continued to score big runs in T20Is since last year. However, wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan has had a slight downfall in his performances, particularly in white-ball games.
Players To Watch Out
Pandya has been on a roll ever since his major comeback in the IPL where he captained Gujarat Titans to their maiden title in their first season.
In the last T20 World Cup, India was a tad out of balance because Pandya was unable to ball. Now that he is back to his best, he provides the team with his all-around abilities.
Pakistan would want to avoid Pandya in death overs, both as a bowler and batter.
Singh has kept a low profile despite being economical in every series. In his short T20I career, he has scalped nine wickets in six games, having an ideal economy of 6.33.
The 23-year-old was picked on the back of subliminal IPL performances for Punjab Kings in 2018.
With Jasprit Bumrah out of the team, Rohit Sharma can rely on Singh to rescue the team in the final overs where the likes of Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, and Fakhar Zaman will come out all guns blazing.
He's not the kind of bowler to clock 145km/h regularly, but his ability to consistently bowl in the block holes and swing the ball both ways often troubles hard-hitting batters.
While Bhunveshwar Kumar may be considered as the spearhead of the Indian pace cartel, all eyes will be on the Punjab Kings star to go big. The Asia Cup will be his first, major tournament in the international arena.
The Pakistan captain has a knack for scoring runs regardless of what format he plays. Last year at the Dubai ground, he smacked a 52-ball 68* to win Pakistan their tournament opener for the T20 World Cup.
His gritty knock helped the Men in Green get off to a flying start as well as break the jinx of winning against India for the first time in an ICC tournament.
Azam is ranked ICC World No. 1 batsman in ODI and T20I for a reason. His ability to rotate the strike efficiently, turn singles into doubles and find gaps out of nowhere allows him to have a healthy strike rate of 129.4.
Since his T20I debut in 2016, the opener has amassed 2,075 runs. He averages almost 46 in 69 innings.
Last season's Big Bash League almost ended 22-year-old Mohammad Hasnain's bowling career when the umpires reported his actions.
He was forced to withdraw in his maiden BBL stint and recalled back home. With the Pakistan Cricket Board's coaches, he worked for a few weeks to tweak his actions.
After undergoing a test at an ICC academy, the Hyderabad bowler was allowed to bowl. Since then, he has been making waves in The Hundred in England where his pace has made it hard for batsmen to pick his length early.
While Hasnain hasn't been granted much playing time on the national side, the Pakistan camp will rely on him to support Haris Rauf as much as he can with his sheer pace.
Quick bowlers find it hard to have a low economy and the same is the case with Hasnain. In his 17 T20 innings for Pakistan, he has a 7.90 economy and 17 wickets to his name.
The right arm quickly doesn't swing the ball miles. Instead, he's a potent weapon for his sharp bouncers and consistent deliveries at 145km/h and above.
He can be the x-factor against India's batting that the 2009 World Champions just lost in the form of Shaheen Shah Afridi.
The left-arm bowler has been recommended a four-week rest due to his knee injury that he suffered during the Sri Lanka tour while diving on the boundary ropes in a failed attempt to save a four.
He was Pakistan's key player in their last win against India at the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE by sending KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma back to the pavilion in his first spell.
Pakistan Vs India Likely Playing XI
India Cricket Team
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Pakistan Cricket Team
Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Hasnain, Haris Rauf, Shahnawaz Dahani.
Pakistan Vs India Match Prediction
India is riding on a prettier form as compared to the Pakistan side. But having played most of their cricket in the UAE in absence of many years of cricket back home, Azam's unit has a better understanding of the Dubai track.
The result will heavily depend on the toss. Dew often helps the batting side in the second inning so either side will try to bat first if they win the toss.
India and Pakistan will enter the clash without their premium bowlers: Bumrah and Afridi. However, both have enough firepower on the bench to deliver the goods on the night.
India has beaten Pakistan nine times in T20Is, while the Men in Green have won just twice. But Pakistan's record in the UAE has been far superior to any other country.
They have won 15 of the 16 games played here. Their only loss came against Australia in last year's World Cup semi-final.
We reckon it will be a close contest this time around, but Azam's men may pull off a win on the back of their vast experience in Dubai.
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