India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka – After the first phase of the Asia Cup, these four teams will play Super Four this time.
Today (Saturday) the Super Four phase game starts.
Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will meet at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates at 8 pm Bangladesh time.
All the four teams will now play against each other to win the Asia Cup.
At the end of the first phase, where are the teams ahead and where are their weaknesses?
Sri Lanka – A united team with nothing to lose Sri Lanka have had the hardest time of the Super Four in this tournament so far.
The strength of the team was not revealed in any match.
Even the big star of the team Wanindu Hasaranga could not perform as expected.
But Sri Lanka won against Bangladesh by playing good cricket as a team. In that match, all their cricketers fought as a team to the end.
Sri Lankan cricket team member Mahesh Taksana tweeted after the match, ‘We don’t need world class cricketers. We are brothers enough.’
Against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka basically took advantage of the opportunity.
The team capitalized on several mistakes from Bangladesh, one of which was a catch by Kushal Mendis by Mushfiqur Rahim, who ended up playing an innings of 60 off 37 balls.
Sri Lankan team captain Dasun Shanaka has been proving his statistics wrong for several matches.
Dasun Shanaka won the match against Australia this year with a strike rate of around 200. By playing an innings of 45 runs from 33 balls in the Bangladesh match, he played a role in taking the team to the Super Four.
In the end, Asitha Fernando picked up 10 runs off 3 balls in her first T20 international match.
These small successes will give confidence to Sri Lanka.
Afghanistan’s star cricketer Rashid Khan said before taking to the field in the Super Four, ‘Our aim in this phase is to play the same brand of attacking cricket, while also making sure that we don’t repeat the mistakes we made.’
The biggest strength of the Afghanistan cricket team is the team’s spin attack – Mujeeb ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, all three bowl wicket takers and all three have a very good economy rate.
Mujeeb has taken 5 wickets at five runs per over in two matches, Rashid Khan has given just over four runs, Mohammad Nabi has given 5.28 runs per over.
This economy rate is quite good in T20 format.
Even Afghanistan pacer Fazal Haque Farooqui conceded less than five runs per over. In the first match, the Sri Lankan top order was in danger of disaster by this fast bowler.
UAE’s condition to get extra for Afghanistan. They are used to playing on this field.
Mujib’s record at Sharjah Stadium is excellent, he has taken 10 wickets in four matches.
Afghanistan’s batsmen can also provide an aggressive start.
Rahmatullah Gurbaz, Hazratullah Zazai – The two openers put up a devastating batting display in the power play against Sri Lanka. The two opened 21 matches and made 8 more than 50 runs.
Najibullah Zadran single-handedly knocked Bangladesh out of the match in the middle order.
Pakistan- Babar Azam’s form is a concern and the bowlers are the strength
Babar Azam, the number one batsman in the T20 ranking of the International Cricket Council, is not performing like himself in the Asia Cup.
However, after the record-breaking win against Hong Kong, Mohammad Rizwan says there is ‘nothing to worry about’.
But the stats say that against Hong Kong as well, the first three batsmen batted at a strike rate of around 130, where Khushdil Shah took the innings to a good position at the end with a strike rate of 233, an innings of 5 sixes.
The opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan did not run very quickly. As a result, they can still score runs at a faster pace, but they don’t get enough time on the wicket.
Cricket statistician Mazhar Arshad tweeted, ‘Pakistan’s top order is not using the middle order and lower middle order properly. If they don’t get a chance to bat, how will they show their skills?’
The solution to this problem could be Pakistan’s bowling attack. Especially Naseem Shah, who got off to a good start against India.
Naseem has come to play his first international T20 tournament, he has caught attention well.
Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s other big weapon, has taken 16 wickets in the last 12 months, conceding less than six runs per over.
India – Ravindra Jadeja’s injury could be a loss India started the tournament well with a win against Pakistan, but India’s overall form is not good.
Two young pacers Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan could not exactly bring their Indian Premier League form to the national team.
Ravindra Jadeja’s injury has become a bigger concern, this all-rounder will not be able to take the field in this tournament. He played a big role in the match against Pakistan.
India’s pace bowling attack is not in very good shape so far. No one can make up for Jasprat Bumrah’s absence.
On the other hand, Lokesh Rahul is not able to bat according to his ability in the top order. In the first match, he scored only 36 runs from 39 balls against Hong Kong after the golden duck by Nasim Shah.
Virat Kohli is slowly trying to return to his form. Rohit Sharma is trying to get off to a good start.
It can be said that this top order is not completely ready.
But the main strength of this team is Suryakumar and Hardik Pandya. The pace at which these two run and the rhythm of these cricketers on the field puts immediate pressure on the opposition.
It has been proved in both the matches.