Sunday afternoon at R.Premadasa Stadium will host the ninth match of the 2023 Asia Cup, Pakistan versus India in the Super Fours. Pakistan have won their last three ODIs by 59 runs, 238 runs, and 7 wickets, while India have won their last two ODIs by 10 wickets and 200 runs. The following is a preview of this match. The game commences at 15:00 local time in Colombo.
Pakistan’s two completed games in the 2023 Asia Cup have been very remarkable, and they believed they were in an outstanding position against India when the rain started falling.
In their Group A match against Nepal, India was not at their best, but they still prevailed by 10 wickets. There is ample room for advancement, but they are already a formidable team.
The weather in Colombo is not anticipated to change significantly throughout the match, so we anticipate that both captains will elect to bat first.
Sunday will be extremely hot and oppressive, with a high probability of thunderstorms at some point, according to the weather forecast.
Compared to the batting-friendly surface in Lahore, this pitch will have significantly less movement and provide more assistance to the spinners.
Head to Head:
Pakistan have only won one of the last five ODIs against India, but they lead the aggregate head-to-head 73-55.
PAK vs IND Team Form in Last Five Matches:
PAK : W NR W W W
IND : W NR W L W
Following a postponed match against Pakistan, India faced Nepal in a must-win match. As a result of their recent performance, the Indian team needed to not only win this game, but do so convincingly.
India did not get off to a good start after winning the toss and choosing to field first. They let Nepal off the hook after dropping three catches in the first five overs, resulting in a 65-run opening stand. However, during the middle overs, the bowlers seized control and struck out Nepal for 230. Due to the inclement weather, India had 23 overs to chase down the target of 147. Ravindra Jadeja took the most wickets with three for forty in ten overs.
Opener Pathum Nissanka has been their most consistent batter in recent times. He has scored 472 runs in his last 10 matches at an average of 59 and a strike rate of almost 90.
His opener partner Dimuth Karunaratne has also been among the runs, scoring 402 from his last 9 matches at an average of 50.25 and a strike rate of 88.54.
Kusal Mendis, fresh from a brilliant knock of 92 off 84 balls against Afghanistan, is another one worth backing. The wicket-keeper batter has collected 388 runs in 13 ODIs this year at an average of 43.11.
Pakistan Squad Prediction:
Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf
India anticipate to welcome back Jasprit Bumrah to the team after he returned to the squad following the delivery of his first child and missed the final group stage game against Nepal. Mohammed Shami will withdraw to create space for the return of Bumrah.
India Squad Prediction:
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
PAK vs IND Head to Head Stats in Tests
|Matches Played||PAK Won||IND Won||Tie||NR|
Pakistan vs India Prediction:
Spectators of cricket from all over the world will be anticipating a rematch between Pakistan and India and will be praying for favorable weather conditions. Due to the high quality of both teams’ athletes, we anticipate a very close contest. We believe India’s batting and spin bowling attack gives them the upper hand and are backing them to win this match.