Cricket Folks! Here we are with one of our biggest match predictions of all time. It’s India vs Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018 and to choose a winner out of them is very tough. Both the nations have won their 1st encounter against Hong Kong and are set to face off each other in a Group A game at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. So here we are with the prediction:
MS Dhoni: The Pillar of the side – You can’t run away from the mind games of MS Dhoni. We all know that Rohit Sharma is the captain of the side but it would be MS Dhoni who will busy on the field alongside Hitman. His finishing abilities can’t be questioned as it would be a big insult. As Dhoni will be playing his last Asia Cup, fans would expect some fireworks from him.
Good bowling-attack – Japsrit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will handle the pace-attack and Shardul Thakur is the extra pacer in the squad. Apart from them, Kuldeep and Chahal will be back with their previous role. Hardik Pandya’s inclusion in the XI is another boost for the team.
Lost the previous battle at CT – Undoubtedly, the team looks strong on paper but playing against Pakistan is another thing. They lost the 2017 CT final at Lord’s against them that could be running in their minds. And if they could beat the Men in Green on Wednesday, then it would be a perfect revenge.
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Perfect mixture of experienced and young talent – Pakistan are looking much more balanced this time. They have the rich experience of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir and on the other hand, some clean strikers like Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman. Overall, the side is more balanced as compared to India this time.
Coming from a win – Pakistan won their first battle against Hong Kong and they used the conditions really well. Their encounter against India would be a stunner and the boys look ready both mentally and physically.
Mohammad Amir’s performance – Amir hasn’t been able to prove himself in the past 6 ODIs. He didn’t get a single wicket in the past 5 One-Day games out of 6 and this is a big concern for the team. But the left-arm speedster has a good record against India and therefore his inclusion in the XI is very much on the cards.
Cricwizz Prediction: It’s very tough to choose one of them but we are going with India because of the bowling department they are having. It’s almost a 50-50 game with a slight edge towards India.
Who will win the match between India and Pakistan?
- India (54%, 91 Votes)
- Pakistan (46%, 79 Votes)
Total Voters: 170