Arch-rivals India and Pakistan will play the third match of the Asia Cup 2023 at the Pallekele Cricket Stadium near Kandy on September 2. The two teams will be facing each other in the ODI format after nearly four years. The last time they met in the 50-over format was at the 2019 ODI World Cup. That match was won by India.
Pakistan, who are co-hosting the Asia Cup along with Sri Lanka, began their campaign with a big win over Nepal in their opening game. Babar Azam scored 151 while Iftikhar Ahmed scored an unbeaten century to guide Pakistan to a first innings total of 342, which they successfully defended as Shadab Khan picked up four wickets. Pakistan went on to win the match by 238 runs.
India are currently ranked third in ICC ODI team rankings, while Pakistan are right at the top of the list. The likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be the key to India’s batting against Pakistan’s strong bowling attack. Kohli’s highest individual knock in ODIs – 183 runs, came against Pakistan at the Asia Cup. He has historically always enjoyed batting against the neighbours. Rohit, on the other hand, has scored 720 runs at an average of 51.4 and a strike rate of 88.8 in 16 ODIs against Pakistan. The return of Jasprit Bumrah from a long injury layoff will also be a big boost for India. Ahead of the ODI between Pakistan and India, here’s everything you need to know
Pakistan vs India Injury Update
Shaheen Afridi bowled only five overs against Nepal before leaving the field after having a word with the physio. It remains to be seen if he’s fit to play the next game. For India, KL Rahul is not available for the two first matches of the tournament due to injury. Ishan Kishan is likely to take his place in the XI.
Pakistan vs India Predicted XI
Pakistan Predicted XI
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf
India Predicted XI
Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (WK), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Pakistan vs India Match Details
Match: Pakistan vs India
Date & Time: September 1, 3.30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Pakistan vs India Fantasy Team
Wicket-keepers: Mohammad Rizwan, Ishan Kishan
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shubman Gill
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Shadab Khan
Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi
Captain: Babar Azam
Vice captain: Rohit Sharma
Pakistan vs India: Kandy Weather and Pitch Report
The pitch at the Pallekele Cricket Stadium will provide support to the spinners. But the overcast conditions may help the pace bowlers too. It’s not a ground where you will see lots of runs being scored.
The weather is not expected to be favourable. There is a good chance of rain interrupting the proceedings of the game.
Pakistan vs India, Asia Cup 2023 Broadcast details
The Asia Cup match between Pakistan and India will be live on the Star Sports network as far as TV is concerned.
Pakistan vs India Live Streaming
Disney + hotstar has picked up streaming rights of the Pakistan vs India match. The toss will take place at 3.00 PM IST.
Pakistan vs India ODI matches Head to Head
|Matches won by India||53|
|Matches won by Pakistan||73|
Pakistan vs India Match Prediction
It is difficult to predict a winner between India and Pakistan, given that both teams are strong on paper. But if we take recent matches between the two into account, and also the last three ODIs played between the two, then India could come up on top once again.