Asia Cup India vs Pakistan Super 4: Pakistan opt to bowl, Bumrah, KL Rahul back in Playing XI; Shreyas Iyer injured

Cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly awaited one of the most intense rivalries in the sport as India and Pakistan faced off in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup 2023. The cricketing giants clashed in a thrilling encounter that kept fans on the edge of their seats.

The toss proved crucial, with Pakistan winning it and opting to field. Babar Azam, the Pakistani captain, made a strategic decision based on the conditions, citing a bit of moisture on the pitch. In high-intensity matches like India vs. Pakistan, the toss can play a significant role in determining the course of the game.


Rohit Sharma, leading the Indian side, expressed his intention to bat first. He acknowledged the initial challenges but drew confidence from the team’s previous batting performances. Rain delays had provided the Indian squad with extra time to prepare mentally and physically. Sharma also revealed two crucial changes in the lineup: Jasprit Bumrah’s return and KL Rahul replacing Shreyas Iyer, who suffered a back spasm.

Babar Azam emphasized the high-intensity nature of an India-Pakistan match but maintained a focused and match-to-match approach. The Pakistani team was riding on a wave of good form and intended to carry that momentum forward. The lineup remained unchanged, indicating the team’s confidence in its players.

Playing XI –

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf

Pitch Analysis:
Sanjay Manjrekar and Waqar Younis, the pitch analysts, provided insights into the playing conditions. The clear skies and absence of grey clouds suggested favorable weather. The curators’ decision to water the pitch indicated a potential change in weather conditions. The pitch displayed a covering of grass, which could assist pacers with the new ball. Additionally, moisture underneath the pitch promised to offer spinners some assistance.