It’s the biggest of all clashes in cricket as the arch-rivals collide for their respective first game of the tournament. India are the defending champions as they had won the Asia Cup in Rohit Sharma‘s leadership in 2018. In total, the Men in Blue have won the tournament seven times which is the most amongst all teams.
Pakistan have won the Asia Cup twice. Their last tournament victory came in 2012 in Bangladesh. So, Babar Azam and his men must be hungry for another title this year. However, the first objective for both sides would be to secure a place for the Super Four round.
Team India is without their ace bowler Jasprit Bumrah. Harshal Patel also misses out due to an injury. The head coach Rahul Dravid tested positive for Covid recently. VVS Laxman has been named as the interim coach.
Shaheen Afridi is missing this tournament because of an injury. Mohammad Wasim Jr has also been ruled out due to a side strain he picked up in a practice session. Hasan Ali has been roped in as his replacement.
Here is our IND vs PAK Match 2 Prediction
Case 1: If India bats first
First Innings score prediction: India will score 180-190
Result prediction: India will win the match by 10-20 runs
Case 2: If Pakistan bats first
First Innings score prediction: Pakistan will score 165-175
Result prediction: India will win the match by 5 wickets
IND vs PAK Predicted XIs
India Predicted XI:
Pakistan Predicted XI:
Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Khushdil Shah, Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dahani.
IND vs PAK head to head in T20I
IND vs PAK Total Matches: 9
India Won: 7
Pakistan Won: 2
|Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai|
|Stats – T20I|
|Matches won batting first||34|
|Matches won bowling first||39|
|Average 1st Inns scores||142|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||124|
|Highest total recorded||211/3 – India vs. Pakistan, 2013|
|Lowest total recorded||55 – West Indies vs. England, 2021|
|Average 1st innings score:||143|
|Highest score chased||183/5 – Pakistan vs. UAE, 2016|
|Lowest score defended||134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK|
This would be the second game of the tournament at this venue. However, the pitch must be fresh and so, it would be good for run making. The pacers should also be able to extract some help from the surface.
The maximum temperature in Dubai on Sunday would be 39°C. Along with that, the humidity is expected to be around 33%.
IND vs PAK Today Match Prediction:
The pitch is expected to remain true for the entirety of the contest. There could be a bit of dew also which should make batting easier in the second half. Hence, the captain that wins the toss could opt to field first.
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