Pakistans most consistant bowler Wahab Riaz was the second highest wicket taker overall and highest for Peshawar Zalmi in the just concluded Pakistan Super League with 15 wickets in nine games at an average of 16.
Riaz is an intimidating fast bowler who likes to get under the batsman’s skin with more than just the ball. Remember the ferocious (and furious) spell against Shane Watson in the World Cup qualifier against Australia? Even Watson admitted that he was fortunate to escape Riaz’s spell.
Pakistan wicket keeper Sarfaraz Ahmad is a fighter and is a gutsy player.down the order he is a handy player and can score at a brisk pace.
India who strength lies in their bating ins laced with players like opener Rohit Sharma who is in prime form as he is scoring heavily with his bat, middle order batsman Virat Kohli and both batsmen have the ability to take away the game from their opponents
Hardik Pandya, Playing a fearless brand of cricket has been Pandya’s forte as he showed during his 18-ball 31 against Bangladesh on the inaugural match of the tournament.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni “What we can see is that he has the talent and if we give him the confidence, he will be someone who can do the (all-rounder’s) job for us.”
In their previous Asia cup encounter two years ago Shahid Afridi dispatched Ashwin’s ball over the fence giving Pakistan a scintillating victory over arch rivals. Off late Afridi performance with bat has dropped consistently as in the last three t-20 encounters against New Zealand Afridi has scored just 38 runs.
Pakistan (probable): Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shahid Afridi (capt), Anwar Ali/Mohammad Nawaz, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan
India (probable): Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (capt & wk)/Parthiv Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra