India versus Pakistan: More questions than answers to India before Pakistan conflict

India versus Pakistan: More questions than answers to India before Pakistan conflict

If all other things in the world were normal, then the match between India and Pakistan will be a dead rubber. Both teams have made it in the next round, and where they end up in the group stage, it does not make any difference because in the next round, each of the four teams plays once again anyway.
India versus Pakistan: More questions than answers to India before Pakistan conflict
India versus Pakistan: More questions than answers to India before Pakistan conflict

But unfortunately, all other things in the world are not normal. And thus, no Indo-Pak match is nowhere near the deceased-rubber, at least for those who are not playing the real match. Two teams in the tournament will once again fight for reassurance - and potentially three times, but this is the first meeting that is always full of publicity and drama. This is a match which often breaks the long gap between two India-Pakistan matches.

This means that both sides have to play their own game and perform best. India did not do this against Hong Kong on Tuesday and found itself under a little more pressure to increase its sport. India would probably have thought of formality in Hong Kong, and Pakistan could have expected to finish the game as soon as possible to expand its comfort before the game.

Instead, they were made to play the entire 100 overs with a remarkable fight with Hong Kong. There were such steps where Hong Kong was on top, but they did not have the experience of converting into victory. But even though he lost, he ensured that India had left the game with more questions than the answer.

Those questions will be involved in the game against Pakistan. Who are their middle order batsmen? India scored only 48 runs in their last 10 overs against Hong Kong, although they got an excellent platform from Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 127 runs. Withdrawing the innings in the ODI has been a long-term problem for India, MS Dhoni was no longer a power-hitter, and the rest were not standing.

To solve this, India will almost certainly bring the Hardik Pandya back. All-rounder was recently rested for the limited-overs series in England, besides the Hong Kong game played in four out of five matches.

India still has problems in bowling, as was obvious against Hong Kong, whose start was equal to 174. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is just returning from injury, and his effectiveness with the new ball without swing has come under the scanner in recent times. Left-arm fast bowler Khalil Ahmed made an impressive start, but Shardul Thakur has not caught his prospects.

Thakur will be in the likelihood to make way for Bumra, but whose pandit will take place? Kedar Jadhav is just one match in his return from injury. Dinesh Karthik scored 33 runs on the number 4, one position India is trying to fill with the lasting option. If India does not touch its batting combination, then one has to remove Khalil or Bhuvneshwar to make a way for the Pandya.

And what about KL Rahul? After settling with Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, they have to take the place in the top order. But Ambati Rayudu scored 60 runs on the return, and Rahul did not do much at the top of the number three. Manish Pandey also wants to make a case for the position of middle order. India will have to answer all these questions and before reaching the next stage of the tournament, it will have to identify their first XI.

On the other hand, Pakistan has been looking more systematic for the past few years. In Fakhar Jamn, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik, they have solid batters, after this Sarfraj Ahmed Their bowling is well rounded and balanced, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan and Hasan Ali took care of the Speed ​​Department and Shadab Khan as a powerful foot-spinning option. His bowling is so strong that he has no place for Junaid Khan in XI.

India experienced Pakistan's bowling capability in the recent struggle - in the Champions Trophy final in June last year, when India was bowled out for only 158 runs. Pakistan scored 338 runs in that game, but big difference since then was the rise of two Indian spinners - Yusendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav

The wrist-spin duo have achieved success and have given India wickets in the middle overs. Pakistan's batsmen have to face them so far, and how this fight has ended, this large scale dead-rubber struggle can decide on the way.

India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yujendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumra, Sharadul Thakur, Khalil Ahmad

Pakistan: Fakhar Jamn, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shahin Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir
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