The second matchup between India and Pakistan is all set to take place at the same venue as the previous one on Sunday. This second match between the arch-rivals was expected due to the format of the tournament. Pakistan would be looking to settle the score against an Indian team without their top all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of Asia Cup as well as T20 World Cup due to major knee surgery.
This comes off as a big blow to the Indian team, especially considering how Jadeja had contributed in their first match. Jadeja had played the role of rebuilding the innings and keeping one end stable, while Pandya went for the big shots. Now, India would be expecting the same or better from Axar Patel, his replacement. Meanwhile, there are no injury scares in the Pakistan side. The way they defeated Hong Kong would certainly give them great confidence. However, going against an unbeaten Indian side is a totally different case.
Key Players To Watch Out For
For the Indian side, the key player to watch out would be Hardik Pandya. Pandya was the player of the match in India’s first match in tournament. He was rested against Hong Kong. It has been a fantastic year for the hard-hitting all-rounder, and he would be looking to carry on the same way. As far as Pakistan is considered, they rely highly on the top order. Babar Azam has been dismissed for low scores in both the matches played till now.
Rizwan found his touch against Hong Kong as he scored an unbeaten knock of 78. Both sides are now familiar with each other’s strengths and weakness. Cricket pundits believe that this clash might generate even more high-voltage drama than the previous one. Whatever the result turns out to be, one thing is guaranteed for sure. Cricket fans will have a weekend to remember.