The Indian cricket team will square off against arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening match of the Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, August 28. The match will start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).

IND vs PAK Dream11 prediction for Asia Cup 2022

Placed in Group A, India and Pakistan are the top two teams of the continental tournament.

India have a superior head-to-head record against Pakistan in Asia Cup history, winning eight of the 14 matches that they have played so far. Pakistan have managed just five victories while one match ended in no result.

The two sides have clashed only once in the T20I format of the Asia Cup, with MS Dhoni-led India claiming a five-wicket win in Bangladesh in 2016.

Furthermore, India have dominated Pakistan in the T20I format, securing wins in six of the nine matches that they have clashed so far. Pakistan have secured just two victories.

However, the last time these sides met, Pakistan thrashed India by 10 wickets during the ICC T20 World Cup group match in Dubai in 2021.

Going by past head-to-head record, India will have an edge over Pakistan heading into Sunday’s marquee clash.

IND vs PAK Dream11 team tips for Asia Cup 2022

Top tip: Best batter

Pakistan captain Babar Azam will be the batter to watch out for. The 27-year-old is currently the top-ranked ICC T20I batter, having amassed 2,686 runs in 74 matches at an average of 45.53 and a strike rate of 129.45. Selected by more than  89 per cent of fantasy users, Azam will be a quality fantasy pick at 10 credits.

Top tip: Best bowler

In the bowling department, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will be a smart pick at 9 credits. Chahal has been in impressive form in 2022, having picked 15 wickets in 11 T20I innings at an economy of 7.12. 

Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper

As far as all-rounders are concerned, picking India’s Hardik Pandya in any fantasy team is a no-brainer. Pandya has already scored 281 runs and claimed eight wickets in 12 T20I innings this year. Selected by 86.93 fantasy users, Pandya will be a great pick at 9 credits.

For the wicket-keeper spot, Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan will be the top fantasy recommendation over Rishabh Pant of India. Besides fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Rizwan has scored 1,662 runs in 56 T20Is at an average of 50.36 and a strike rate of 128.84. At 9.5 credits, the Pakistan gloveman could be a valuable addition to any fantasy team.

IND vs PAK full squads for Asia Cup 2022

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Deepak Hooda, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Avesh Khan

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir, Hasan Ali

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