India and Pakistan are set to lock horns for the second time in the Asia Cup on September 23. Both teams need just one more win to qualify for the finals and hence will be looking to experiment a bit with their team combinations.
India are still figuring out their best batsman at number four and six while Pakistan too has struggled to get their middle order right. Both teams have plenty of bowling options which they will be interested in trying out.
Hailed as India’s hottest batting talent a couple of years back, KL Rahul hasn’t played according to his potential so far. Despite playing a few impressive knocks he has failed to cement his position in the team.
But he had a sterling IPL season and scored two centuries in the England tour in different formats so team management would be forced to give him a longer rope.
Dinesh Karthik has played in all games so far in Asia Cup but hasn’t made any vital contribution. He might make way for Rahul’s entry in playing 11.
Ravindra Jadeja’s comeback and kedar Jadhav’s impressive spin bowling has offered India more options in the spin department. This might entice the think tank to go for three seamers to have a more balanced bowling attack.
Khaleel Ahmed did little wrong in his debut game and he will be itching to show his mettle. This game against Pakistan is India’s best bet to check whether he has the ability to perform at the highest level. Chahal has been wicket-less in the lat two ODIs so he is definitely under the scanner.
Pakistan have plenty of pace bowlers in their squad and with just two games remaining in the Super Four stage they will want to give opportunities to most of them. Mohammad Amir is going through a lean patch but he is a match-winner and this contest is the best chance to bring him back and check whether he still has some steam left in him.
Fakhar Zaman has scored two zeros in his last two innings. His struggles at the top of the order are evident and hence Pakistan may opt for Shan Masood in this match.