Battle Royale: Part II | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 23, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 23, 2018

Battle Royale: Part II

The two bitter rivals—India and Pakistan—will square off once again in the Asia Cup today and this time with much higher stakes in the Super Four battle at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

After just four days of facing each other, India, who comprehensively won the first match against Pakistan in a group match, will be hoping to continue their momentum and snatch a victory for the second time in the tournament. On the other hand, Pakistan will be hoping for redemption and an opportunity to add some much-needed spark in their Asia Cup campaign.

Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan suffered an 8-wicket defeat in a match that proved to be a completely one-sided contest despite all the hype and Pakistan captain will feel the need to tighten a few strings together especially after a last over win against Afghanistan on Friday in their first Super Four encounter.

After the 7-wicket win over Bangladesh on Friday, skipper Rohit Sharma on the other hand will march confidently to face another challenge against their arch-rivals today.

With the skipper and Shikhar Dhawan in sublime form on top of the order, and Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu delivering decent performances in the middle, it remains unlikely India will make any changes to the side against Pakistan.

Pakistan may want to make a few changes especially with the opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who has failed to deliver his best in the tournament so far.

The India-Pakistan battle have historically been an unpredictable affair. While this match will have much higher stakes as compared to their group match few days ago, India and Pakistan will be looking to cement their place in the final with a victory today.

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