Match review – India vs Pakistan, Asian Cup 2023, Match 9, Super Four

The big picture: Rain threat in Colombo

The tournament has moved to Colombo, with India and Pakistan looking to resume their rivalry after rain in Pallekele. However, the weather remains a threat. It could be another rainy day on September 10, with a chance of rain up to 90%. It’s a reserve day now for this match – the only match other than the final to have that luxury – but the outlook is bleak once again.
India’s match against Nepal was also affected by rain. If the weather clears up in Colombo, India will test KL Rahul and Jasprit Bumrah’s readiness for the ODI World Cup.

Rahul has not played in an ODI since March while Bumrah has not played in a single match since July. In order to accommodate Rahul in the starting XI, the Indian team management may have to bench Ishan Kishan, who has made four half-centuries in his last four innings in this format. Decisions decisions.

Throughout the duration play was possible in Pallekele, and the Indian batsmen and Pakistani attack sparked an exciting contest. There could be more of the same in Colombo or perhaps just rain over a couple of days.

India WWLWL (last five ODIs completed, most recent first)
Pakistan WWWWW

In the spotlight: KL Rahul and Naseem Shah

After spending four months on the sidelines. Kuala Lumpur Rahul He is set to return to India’s ODI XI. Kishan has brought about a change in the recent past and grabbed almost every opportunity, but Rahul got a vote of confidence from the selectors and team management. In a recent press conference, India captain Rohit Sharma opined on the possibility of having both Rahul and Kishan in the playing XI, but this seems unlikely. It will be Rahul against Kishan in the lead-up to the World Cup. Sunday’s match against Pakistan could be Rahul’s first opportunity to prove his fitness and form.

Naseem Shah He does not often find a banana swing like Shaheen Shah Afridi nor does he often exceed 150kph like Haris Rauf. But the 20-year-old can make the ball slide out of play because he’s not as tall as the other two. In his T20I debut against India, in the Asia Cup in Dubai last year, he had KL Rahul cut off the first ball and then almost got Virat Kohli at the same time. Can Naseem edge Rahul in the 50th Asia Cup on Sunday as well?

Team News: Bumrah is back

After missing the match against Nepal due to the birth of his first child, Bumrah returned to the team for the Super Four round, and is set to return to the starting XI along with KL Rahul. There cannot be room for both Muhammad Al-Shami and Kishan.

India (Possible): 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Rohit Sharma (captain), 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Muhammad Siraj

Naseem had an injury scare against Bangladesh in Lahore, but later returned to the field after receiving some treatment from a physiotherapist. He is likely to be fit for the match against India. Mohammad Nawaz, who sat opposite the left-handed Bangladesh line-up, may return to the right-handed India line-up.

Pakistan (probable): 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Agha Salman, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Mohammad Nawaz/Faheem Ashraf, 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10 Naseem Shah, 11 Haris Rauf

All eyes will be on the sky, as has been the case throughout this tournament. The pitch used for the LPL final in Premadasa was rather two-speed and the pitch for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the ODI in late August was not particularly batting-friendly either. There could be some juice for both seamers and spinners on Sunday as well.

“They are very different fast bowlers who have their own specialties. Shaheen gets the ball to swing a lot. Naseem is all about pace and likes to help from the wicket. They offer different challenges in different conditions.
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“We spent two-and-a-half months in Sri Lanka, including the Test series, the LPL, the Afghanistan series and now the Asia Cup. So you can say we have a slight advantage over India because of that.”
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