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PREVIEW: It’s take-two of India’s Rishabh Pant v Dinesh Karthik debate. They chose the latter in their Asia Cup opener against Pakistan and came away none the wiser. Ravindra Jadeja, the only other left-hander in the line-up, was pushed up the order and got stuck playing against spin, who he has usually struggled against. He still finished with 35, but is now ruled out. Axar Patel, his replacement, should walk into the lineup while Hardik Pandya, who missed the Hong Kong fixture, should return too. This then leaves Rohit & Co. with that difficult decision again. Which way do they sway?
That Axar is a bowling allrounder and comes with inferior batting returns compared to Jadeja could tilt the decision in favour of Pant. More so, with Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz – two Pakistan spinners who Pant would favourably match-up against – picking seven wickets between them in the outing against Hong Kong, albeit at a different venue. If the management deem Karthik and his finishing indispensable at the moment, a way out could be to let go a bowler – perhaps Avesh Khan – to fit both Pant and Karthik in the XI.
For Pakistan, it is take-two of finding a way to get the better of a familiar foe that enjoys an overwhelming record against them in the format. Pakistan bowlers hardly put a foot wrong in last Sunday’s defeat to India, and now arrive with the batters, barring Babar Azam, too getting their fill of confidence from the outing against Hong Kong. They’ve already produced one of the closest India-Pakistan fixtures in recent times, and now, exactly a week later, are primed to produce a game that will live up to the heightened hype again.
The unforgiving weather of Dubai to push players to the hilt like it did in the previous fixture between these two sides last Sunday. There should also be continued assistance for quicks with variety in their repertoire.
Pakistan Team List: Mohammad Rizwan(w) – Babar Azam(c) – Fakhar Zaman – Khushdil Shah – Iftikhar Ahmed – Shadab Khan – Asif Ali – Mohammad Nawaz – Haris Rauf – Naseem Shah – Hasan Ali – Usman Qadir – Mohammad Hasnain – Haider Ali
India Team List: KL Rahul – Rohit Sharma(c) – Virat Kohli – Suryakumar Yadav – Hardik Pandya – Rishabh Pant(w) – Axar Patel – Bhuvneshwar Kumar – Ravichandran Ashwin – Yuzvendra Chahal – Arshdeep Singh – Ravi Bishnoi – Dinesh Karthik – Avesh Khan – Deepak Hooda