India and Pakistan will face off in the fourth match of Asia Cup 2016 at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Dhaka on Wednesday. The format of the tournament has been changed to 20 overs from 50 for the first time in the history. Past 12 editions were 50-over contests.
After beating the hosts – Bangladesh – in the inaugural match of the tournament, India are quite aware of the conditions in Mirpur and will hold an edge over Pakistan, who will be playing their opening match of the Asia Cup.
It is always more than just a cricket match whenever these two teams play each other. The political history of partition has always cast a pall over India-Pakistan cricket. It won’t be difficult to fill the stadium as the crowd awaits to watch cricket’s biggest rivalry.
India vs Pakistan 2016 LIVE streaming details
TV Channel: Star Sports 1, HD1 (English) and 3, HD3 (Hindi)
Online Stream: www.starsports.com
Date: 27 February 2016, Saturday
Time: 07:00 PM IST, 07:30 PM local, 01:30 PM GMT
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
For live scores and updates, visit Sportskeeda’s live card.
MS Dhoni-led India will participate in the match as the favourite to win because of their recent form in the shorter format. Rohit Sharma is in form as he fired in the first match against Bangladesh and scored 55-ball 83. The Indian team’s playing XI won’t see any changes most probably because Dhoni won’t want to break the rhythm.
Where on hand, India won the last two T20I series, on the other hand, Pakistan lost their last two T20I series against England and New Zealand by 3-0 and 2-1 respectively. In the aftermath, Ahmed Shehzad was removed from the Asia Cup and World T20 team. All the national team’s players were part of the inaugural season of Pakistan Super League, which was played in UAE are will be ready to go.
India vs Pakistan Teams (Predicted XI)
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah.
Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Shahid Afridi (c), Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
Pitch & Conditions
The pitch at Mirpur, as seen recently in the ICC U-19 World Cup and Asia Cup qualifiers, will assist fast bowlers early on. Batting is expected to be easier later on in the innings. Hence, the teams will be hoping to not lose many wickets up front.
There is a good chance that the game might be affected by rain with the temperature expected to be around 24°C.
- India have won 5 out of their last 6 T20I matches
- India have won 5 T20I matches out of 6 that they have played against Pakistan
- Ravichandran Ashwin holds the best bowling figures (4 for 11) record at the Shere Bangla National Stadium
- Mohammad Amir played in the last edition of Bangladesh Premier League for Chittagong Vikings and was one the leading wicket-takers of the tournament with 14 from 9 matches