Touted as cracker of all cricket matches, India will play Pakistan in Asia Cup here today.
A mouth watering contest will see the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli face the highly skilled Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
India skipper Rohit Sharma on Friday said his batters will have to rely on their rich experience to counter Pakistan’s potent pace trio.
“We don’t have Shaheen, Naseem and Rauf in our nets. We practice with the bowlers we have. They are all quality bowlers. We just have to use our experience to play them tomorrow,” Rohit said on the eve of the game when asked about his team’s plans against the highly skilled pace attack.
Pakistan will field an unchanged playing XI against India in their much-anticipated Asia Cup match.
Pakistan on Friday decided to name an unchanged team which thrashed Nepal by 238 runs in their opening game on Wednesday.
Pakistan made 342 for 6 riding on hundreds by captain Babar Azam (151) and Iftikhar Ahmed (109 not out). Nepal were bundled out for 104 with Shadab Khan taking four wickets.
In the pre-match press conference, Pakistan captain Babar Azam informed that the PCB would reveal the playing XI against India.
Babar also hoped that there could be a bit more contribution from the middle-order to support the top three — himself, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman.
“The top order has been contributing well in recent times. The boys in the middle order are trying their best to chip in and hopefully they will be able to do it against India,” he said.
Pakistan playing XI: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammed Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.