Highly-anticipated clash kicks off with Pakistan electing to bowl

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam tosses coin forward of ninth fit of the Asia Cup 2023. — X/@TheRealPCB

Pakistan on Sunday received the toss and opted to bowl within the high-voltage Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 clash with India in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

The arch-rivals resumed their clash after rain washed out their earlier sport in Pallekele. On that instance, India had been pushed aside for 266 in 48.5 overs. Pakistan — who’re these days on the best of the issues desk — may just no longer start their chase as a result of the elements.

After beating Bangladesh by way of seven wickets of their first Super Four fit, the Men in Green will glance ahead to proceeding their very good kind within the Asia Cup.

“We will bowl first. I think there is a bit of moisture, we need to use that. Always, India-Pakistan is high intensity, but we will take it match to match. As a team, we are playing well, we are focused on this one,” Pakistan captain Babar Azam stated on the toss.

Meanwhile, India are enjoying their first fit within the Super 4 level.

“Looking to bat first. There will be a challenge upfront, but the way we guys batted last time around gives us confidence. Every game is important for us, but one thing at a time to focus on,” stated Indian skipper Rohit Sharma.

The Group level fit between India and Pakistan on September 2 was once washed out in Pallekele.

With probabilities of precipitation up to 90%, spectators and fanatics concern any other disrupted sport. However, in accordance to ESPNcricinfo, it was once shiny and sunny on Sunday morning in Colombo.

However, will have to the rain interrupt the fit later within the day, the fit will transfer to Monday — the reserve day for the clash.

This is a large fit as a result of even one loss within the Super 4s can ship you on the point of “must-win territory”, and with in-form Sri Lanka set to face each those aspects subsequent week, the 2 issues at stake lately are in excessive call for. 

There may be a small probability that lately’s fixture is the ultimate India v Pakistan fixture on the 2023 Asia Cup as a result of Sri Lanka are sturdy contenders to be a finalist and historical past tells us that India and Pakistan have by no means met at Asia Cup finals.

Playing XIs

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

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