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Asia Cup 2022: Is Pakistan ahead of India in the second round?

  • Raihan Masood
  • BBC Bangla

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India Pakistan match again in Asia Cup

Less than a week later, the two arch-rival cricket teams of the subcontinent, India and Pakistan, are facing each other again.

The two teams will meet in the Super Four phase match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday at 8 pm Bangladesh time.

Earlier, in the first match, India won the match in a tight match.

However, several equations have changed in this match.

Ravindra Jadeja’s injury has put India in trouble

India’s all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has suffered an injury that has ruled him out of the ongoing Asia Cup as well as the T20 World Cup starting next month.

The doctor said that this all-rounder will have to have surgery on his knee.

In limited overs cricket, he is an option who can win matches with the bat. Can run at a fast pace on the wicket and pick up runs. You can draw boundaries if necessary. He is a great fielder. In the last few years, he has taken some amazing catches which will be seen in the highlights for a long time.

He is the captain’s trust. Ravindra Jadeja can put the batsman under pressure whenever a wicket is needed.

Not having such an all-rounder is definitely a worry for India.

Akshar Patel replaced Jadeja in the Asia Cup team.

In an analysis by popular cricket website ESPNcricinfo, former India cricketer Wasim Zafar said, “Jadeja’s absence may be difficult to fill but Akshar Patel is also in great form.”

Akshar has been playing regularly for India in several series recently.

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Ravindra Jadeja – He has been ruled out of Asia Cup and World Cup due to knee injury

Weakness of India’s pace bowling unit

In the absence of Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, India came to the Asia Cup with a young pace bowling unit led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

But along with Bhuvneshwar, Arshdeep and Avesh could not exactly prove their Indian Premier League form in the national team.

However, in spite of this, the Indian pacers exploited the short ball weakness of the batsmen in Pakistan.

At first glance, most of Pakistan’s batsmen have been out by giving up catches while playing the short ball.

Rohit Sharma will miss Ravindra Jadeja in bowling as well.

Because of the all-round skills of Jadeja and Hardik Pandya, India can go with six bowlers.

It is a matter of added strength for any team.

In the first match against Pakistan, Hardik Pandya bowled the entire four overs after Avesh Khan failed with the ball and was successful.

With such options, any team captain can make decisions with little worry.

On the other hand, Pakistan’s Naseem Shah is in great form, while Shahnawaz Dahani is injured, Pakistan’s pace bowling unit is as strong as ever.

Hardik Pandya, India, Pakistan

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Hardik Pandya – won India last Sunday with the bat alone

India’s batting line-up is yet to catch fire

This year Rohit Sharma is not able to open his hands to bat the way he used to bat two thousand and twenty two years ago. It has been almost two years since he last scored a century in international cricket.

Rohit Sharma’s T20 average is 23 this year. He made only one fifty after playing fifteen matches.

Although Virat Kohli has scored four fifties in 10 innings, 175 runs have come from his bat in six matches this year. But his strike rate was 124.

Even in the first match against Pakistan, he did not look like his usual self, he did not understand most of the balls, the balls seemed to be on the edge of the bat, although his innings of 35 runs from 34 balls provided stability to the Indian batting line-up.

But the most worrying thing is Lokesh Rahul’s form, bowled by Nasim Shah in the first match, he played a sluggish innings of 36 off 39 balls against Hong Kong, which does not go well with T20 cricket.

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Babar Azam and Virat Kohli – two big stars of both teams

Power of two parties Hitters game

Against Hong Kong, Suryakumar Yadav and Pakistan’s Khushdil Shah proved that they can turn the tide of any match when given the chance.

No one scored more runs for India in Twenty20 Internationals than Suryakumar in 2022.

He has batted at a strike rate close to two hundred this year, averaging around 43.

Pakistan’s Khushdil Shah paced the team’s run-wheel with five sixes against Hong Kong.

Khushdil, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan – the more batsmen can play the more balls, the bigger scores Pakistan can score.

Shadab Khan, Pakistan's other big weapon, has taken 16 wickets in the last 12 months, conceding less than six runs per over.

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Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s other big weapon, has taken 16 wickets in the last 12 months, conceding less than six runs per over.

All-rounders clash of two teams

First match hero Hardik Pandya proved why he is one of the most influential all-rounders in modern cricket.

He will be watched today.

On the other hand, Shadab Khan, one of the best legspinners of the time, will also want to play a role with the bat.

He has taken most wickets for Pakistan in 2022 in T20 format.

Today’s match will be in Dubai, surely the toss will play a role in this match.

So far, the teams who have won the toss and bowled are ahead in the match till the end.

India have won 9 out of 14 matches against Pakistan in the history of Asia Cup.

Out of which India won the last four by batting later.

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