Battle of Nerves: Pakistan Face-off India Today in Asia Cup 2016
DHAKA: Pakistan vs India is considered as one of the biggest confrontation of any tournament with flaring emotions flying all over the place. Asia Cup series 2016, first time played in a 20 over format, will witness the rival teams today at 6:30PM (PST).
Pakistan’s lines up is finalized and Sharjeel Khan along with Khurram Manzoor will be the likely openers. The final eleven include Hafiz, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Mohd. Amir, Wahab Riaz and Mohd Irfan.
Shahid Afridi, skipper for the Pakistan views the Indian team to be in form but is confident of the Pakistani batting line up as well.
Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younis adds that players have benefited from the Pakistan Super League and while the Asia Cup and the World T20 are important tournaments, if the players performs like they did in the PSL the green shirts will be victorious.
India on the other hand has came into the tournament with a string of good performances, defeating Australia and Sri Lanka in back-to-back series.
In the Asia Cup opening match against hosts Bangladesh this week, India registered a crushing 45-run victory to give themselves the perfect boost before the Pakistan match.
Head to Head, Pakistan and India have faced off in six T20 fixtures, India won four while Pakistan was victorious in one and tied one match.
Pakistan’s 15-man squad:
Shahid Afridi (Captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Anwar Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khurram Manzoor, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Irfan, Mohammad Amir, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Sarfraz Ahmed, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Sami, Sharjeel Khan.
India’s 15-man squad:
MS Dhoni (Captain), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Pawan Negi.
Asia Cup Schedule:
|Feb 25||Sri Lanka||vs||TBD|
|Feb 28||Bangladesh||vs||Sri Lanka|
|Mar 1||India||vs||Sri Lanka|
|Mar 4||Pakistan||vs||Sri Lanka|
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