Pitch and weather: The match will be played on a fresh pitch but if it behaves anything like the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh one, with help for both seamers and spinners, good luck to the batters. There’s a forecast of rain, though, from early morning till mid-afternoon, which could delay the start.
Pakistan vs India Highlights 2023, Saturday 2-9-2023, 3rd Match Asia Cup, Group A (D/N), Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Rohit says: “There is a bit of weather around but we cannot think about it too much,” Rohit says. “Embrace the challenge, embrace the situation. We had a six-day camp in Bangalore where we worked on our skills. The Asia Cup is a quality tournament with quality teams. At the end of the day, we need to think what we can do here. Since the last ODI series we played in the West Indies, we have got a few additions: Shreyas and Bumrah are back. Shardul is there. Hardik, of course. And Shardul is there. And two spinners in Kuldeep and Jadeja.”
“To be honest, we also wanted to bat first,” says Babar. “We have played a lot of cricket here in the last one and a half month, so we know the conditions.”
Toss: India will bat first.
Pakistan team: 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Imam-ul-Haq, 3 Babar Azam (capt), 4 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 5 Agha Salman, 6 Iftikhar Ahmed, 7 Shadab Khan, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Shaheen Shah Afridi, 10 Naseem Shah, 11 Haris Rauf
India team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Ishan Kishan (wk), 4 Virat Kohli, 5 Shreyas Iyer, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Head to Head In ODI’s: 132
Pakistan Won: 73
India Won: 55
Pakistan ODI Rankings: 1st
India ODI Rankings: 3rd
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 9:30 AM GMT | 3:00 PM Local
Umpires – Richard Illingworth, Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match number – ODI no. 4630