India will lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in their first Super 4 stage clash of the Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, September 4. The match will start at 7:30 PM Indian Standard Time (IST).
Both the sides previously squared off in their opening Group A match of Asia Cup 2022 where Rohit Sharma-led India beat Pakistan by five wickets in a thrilling encounter.
After India won the toss and elected to field, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s four-wicket haul (4/26) and Hardik Pandya’s 3/25 helped the Men in Blue bowl out Pakistan for 147 in 19.5 overs.
Pakistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan top-scored for his side, managing 43 off 42 balls.
In reply, Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten 17-ball 33 along with contributions from Virat Kohli (35) and Ravindra Jadeja (35) powered India to a five-wicket win. The Indian cricket team chased down its target in 19.4 overs.
India later beat Hong Kong by 40 runs to secure four points from two matches in Group A and qualified for the Super 4 stage.
Pakistan, on the other hand, thrashed Hong Hong by 155 runs in a virtual knockout encounter to seal their place in the Super 4. With two points from as many games, Pakistan finished second on the Group A standings, two points behind table-toppers India.
Ahead of the marquee Super 4 clash, India have suffered a massive blow as star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the ongoing Asia Cup due to a knee injury. Stand-by player Axar Patel has been drafted into the squad as a like-for-like replacement.
India coach Rahul Dravid and the team management will have to decide whether to play Deepak Hooda or Axar Patel in the playing XI in place of Jadeja. In-form Hardik Pandya will return to the starting XI after being rested against Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Pakistan will miss the services of fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani due to a side strain. Pacer Hasan Ali is expected to replace Dahani in the playing XI.
IND vs PAK Dream11 prediction for Asia Cup 2022 Super 4
India have a superior head-to-head record against Pakistan in Asia Cup history, winning nine of the 15 matches that they have clashed so far. Pakistan have secured just five wins while one match ended in no result.
Furthermore, India have now won eight of the 10 T20Is that they have played against Pakistan so far.
Going by recent form and past head-to-head record, IND will have an edge over Pakistan heading into their Asia Cup 2022 Super 4 clash on Sunday. However, we expect another nail-biting finish on Sunday.
IND vs PAK Dream11 team tips for Asia Cup Qualifiers 2022
Top tip: Best batter
In-form Suryakumar Yadav will be the batter to watch out for in India vs Pakistan Super 4 encounter in the Asia Cup. The flamboyant Indian middle-order batter has already scored 86 runs in two matches at an impressive strike rate of 195.45. Suryakumar Yadav has accrued 135 fantasy points and will be a worthy pick even at a steep price of 9.5 credits.
Top tip: Best bowler
In the bowling department, one must pick India’s premier fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar in their fantasy cricket team. The 32-year-old pacer has already picked five wickets in two matches, including a four-wicket haul against Pakistan. At 9 credits, Bhuvneshwar will be a quality investment as he looks to add to his fantasy tally of 163 points.
Top tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
As far as all-rounders are concerned, Pakistan’s Mohammad Nawaz will be a smart pick at just 8.5 credits. The 28-year-old left-arm spinner is currently the leading wicket-taker in the Asia Cup 2022, having claimed six wickets in two matches at an economy of 7.03. Nawaz has already accumulated 197 fantasy points - the most by any player involved in this match.
For the wicket-keeper spot, Pakistan’s Mohammed Rizwan will be the top fantasy recommendation over Dinesh Karthik of India. Besides fulfilling his wicket-keeping responsibilities, Rizwan is currently the leading run-scorer in the ongoing T20 tournament, amassing 121 runs in two matches at a strike rate of 122.22. Rizwan has already amassed 157 fantasy points and will be a great pick at 9.5 credits.
IND vs PAK playing XI (probable)
India playing XI (probable): Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Deepak Hooda/Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan
Pakistan playing XI (probable): Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah, Shahnawaz Dahani
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