Asia Cup 2023: India opt to bat first in high-voltage clash against Pakistan


Babar Azam (Left) tosses the coin ahead of the match today. — PCB
Babar Azam (Left) tosses the coin ahead of the match today. — PCB 

India won the toss and put Pakistan to bowl in Kandy, Sri Lanka on Saturday.

The match promises to be a thrilling battle between the Pakistani pacers and Indian batters, despite fears that rain may disrupt the game.

It must be noted that Pakistan began their Asia Cup 2023 campaign on a high with a massive 238-run win over Nepal on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, this is India’s first match in the tournament.

India have the upper hand against Pakistan with seven wins in 13 Asia Cup (ODI) matches. Meanwhile, Pakistan have won five with one match ending in no result.

Pakistan have also lost four of the last five matches against India in the Asia Cup, with their last win coming in Mirpur in 2014. 

Playing XI

Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice captain) Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf

India (likely): Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur/Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah.

More to follow…


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