Pakistan is gearing up for their second Super 4 clash in the Asia Cup against their traditional rivals, India, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday in Colombo.
Pakistan will stick with the same starting lineup that secured a convincing seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Lahore on Wednesday.
In the previous game, Pakistan made one change by replacing Mohammad Nawaz with Faheem Ashraf. Faheem Ashraf performed well, conceding only 27 runs in seven overs and taking the crucial wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, who was in excellent form and had been building a significant partnership with Mushfiqur Rahim.
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The decision to exclude Mohammad Nawaz from the upcoming game may be influenced by his struggles with bowling in the earlier Group A match against India in the tournament.
Considering the overcast conditions and the possibility of rain during the clash, Pakistan will go with four pacers, with Faheem Ashraf providing support to Pakistan’s pace trio of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf.
Pakistan’s anticipated playing XI for the match is as follows:
Imam ul Haq
Babar Azam (Captain)
Mohammad Rizwan (Wicketkeeper)
Pakistan’s squad for the Asia Cup includes the following players:
Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (Captain), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Shadab Khan (Vice-Captain), Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr., Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi.