A long awaited India Vs Pakistan encounter is scheduled in the recent Asia Cup 2018.
Both Asian sides will compete in India Vs Pakistan encounter of Asia Cup 2018 on September 19 (Monday).
Although India won most Asia Cup titles but this time Pakistan has edge over Indian team due to different factors.
Absence of Virat Kohli
Key Indian player and batsman Virat Kohli is not playing in Asia Cup 2018. He is the leading run-scorer for India and his absence may affect the performance of his team in Asia Cup 2018.
India’s unsuccessful tour of England
The recent defeat of Indian cricket team in the ODI and Test series against England caused severe criticism. India lost the ODI and Test Series with the margin of 2-1 and 4-1 respectively. However, they can feel the pressure to perform in Asia Cup 2018.
Low familiarity with UAE conditions
India did not play a match in UAE since last few years. In addition, their players also did not participate in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). However, UAE now became the second home ground for Pakistan as Green Shirts are continuously playing there from several years. In addition, Pakistan also conducted three editions of PSL at UAE.
Pakistan cannot take India lightly
Although, Pakistan entered in Asia Cup 2018 as the favorites but they cannot take Indian side lightly. India Vs Pakistan contest often provided a thrilling and close contest. However, Indian side is also consists of great players that can outclass any cricket team. In addition, last year, they also lost a Champions Trophy Final against Green Shirts and will make all their effort to win the India Vs Pakistan match.
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed (C & WK), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, and Mohammad Amir.
Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (WK), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, and K Khaleel Ahmed.
India Vs Pakistan Match Time and Venue
It will be the 5th match of Asia Cup 2018 and will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE. The match starts at 16:30 PST (11:30 GMT) on Wednesday, September 19.