India will be hoping for a “Sunday Encore” against Pakistan in an Asia Cup “Super 4s” match. The renowned top-order will be eager for a change of direction, and the bowling attack may be adjusted.
Avesh Khan’s lack of expertise at the death is just as concerning as the top-Power order’s play attitude, as team management may need to make changes to the bowling attack in order to compete with a potent Pakistani team that just destroyed Hong Kong by more than 150 runs.
Axar Patel seems like a natural substitute for Ravindra Jadeja, who isn’t available for this match, but the Saurashtra all-rounder’s absence hurts the team’s combination.
In order to maintain the left-right combination in the top six against Pakistan, head coach Rahul Dravid moved Jadeja up to number four and benched Rishabh Pant. On Sunday, it is uncertain whether Rohit Sharma and Dravid would take another chance. But it won’t be overstating things to claim that only the man from Roorkee has the answer to the problem of having a pure left-handed batter in the top six.
Rohit would anticipate that the intensity of the game is maintained at the same level as it was last Sunday, when India won in an exciting final-over finish thanks to Hardik Pandya’s one-man performance.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya,Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah,Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Mohammed Hasnain, Hasan Ali