Even if he is unable to play, he is undergoing rehabilitation with the team. A video posted by the Pakistan Cricket Board recently went viral on social media, showing the Pakistan pacer exchanging pleasantries with Indian players wearing knee braces. Yuzvendra Chahal, Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Rahul – the Indian cricketers were inquiring about Afridi. Later in a press conference, Rahul even said that they would have liked to face a bowler like Afridi.
There is no Afridi, there is no Yashpreet Bumrah either. But even if they are not, the heat of the India-Pakistan match may not decrease! The main phase of the Asia Cup has officially started yesterday with the Sri Lanka-Afghanistan match. However, it would not be an exaggeration to say that today’s match will be the main concern.
Since the two teams do not play bilateral series anymore, this one of the most discussed rivalries in cricket can be seen in Asia Cup or ICC tournament. The two teams may meet three times in this tournament. It’s the first chapter tonight at eight o’clock Bangladesh time.
In the last T20 World Cup, India was basically knocked out after losing that match to Pakistan. After that, Rohit Sharma became the captain instead of Kohli. Recently in T20 India has shown that they can meet the demand for fearless cricket at the international level as well. India is unbeaten in seven series since the World Cup, winning six of them. Rahul is returning to T20 with the Asia Cup, and Suryakumar Yadav who is second in the ranking is in great form. This top-order batsman has batted at an average of 38.90 and a strike rate of 189.38 in 12 matches this year.
INDIA vs PAKISTAN T20 Match Live Streaming
However, there is no change in the Pakistan team. In the last showing of the two teams, the opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan went past the target set by India. Like India, Pakistan’s T20 batting is very much dependent on the top order. Pakistan’s top three batsmen have accounted for 67.5 percent of the team’s total runs since the last World Cup, the highest among ICC full-member teams. 58.4 percent of India’s total runs came from the bats of the first three.
However, Pakistan’s strong top order is a cause for concern for them, as they have played 72 percent of the ball to score the majority of the team’s runs! Although there are batsmen capable of explosive batting in the middle order, they don’t get that opportunity because of Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Fakhar Zaman. Babar’s slow batting can delay Pakistan if they have to bat first.
Pakistan also has injury shock. Another pacer Mohammad Wasim has been knocked out like Afridi. However, in the absence of Bumrah, India will have to go with a relatively inexperienced pace attack. In addition to these, there will be extra attention on Kohli. One of the best batsmen in the history of limited overs has been finding his form for quite some time now, recently he has also revealed about mental depression. This stage of the Asia Cup before the World Cup could be Kohli’s return to form.
Pakistan ahead, memories of their last World Cup loss behind—another ideal stage set for Kohli. Are you ready for another India-Pakistan fight?
INDIA vs PAKISTAN Possible Starting XI:
India (IND) vs Pakistan (PAK) Possible Starting XI:
India Predicted Starting Line-up: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal
Pakistan Predicted Starting Line-up: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Khushdil Shah, Haider Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Usman Qadir, Shahnawaz Dahani
INDIA vs PAKISTAN Broadcast Tv Channels:
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Kannada, Star Sports 1 Tamil, and Star Sports 1 Telugu.
Live streaming is available on Disney+ Hotstar.
PTV Sports, PTV Sports HD, Ten Sports HD.
You can follow the matches live on PTV Sports Online.
In the UK
Utsav Gold HD (SKY Channel 717, Channel 801 on Virgin Media, Channel 393 on BT TV)
In Sri Lanka
Dialog TV – Star Sports 1 (Ch. No. 73) and Star Sports HD 1 (Ch. No. 130)
In the rest of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
Gazi TV and Nagorik TV