Time: October 24, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
In the recently concluded Indian T20 league, the average first and second innings scores read 156 and 150 respectively at Dubai. The team batting second won 9 of 13 matches.
Probable XI for India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin/Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Shami, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah
Probable XI for Pakistan: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
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Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in the T20Is between India and Pakistan, scoring 254 runs at a thumping average of 87. In ICC T20I Rankings for batters, he is placed at the fourth spot. Two places above him is Babar Azam who averages 47 in T20Is: he has as many as 20 fifties and a century.
Mohammad Rizwan’s rise in international cricket has been phenomenal, especially in the shortest format. In a mere 43 T20Is, he has managed to score 1065 runs at 48, including a hundred and 8 fifties.
KL Rahul’s scores in the warm-up games read 51 and 39. In the Indian T20 League, he ended up as the third-highest run-scorer – all this at a whopping average of 67.
In the Dubai leg of the Indian T20 League, Jasprit Bumrah sniped up 16 wickets in 8 games while Mohammad Shami grabbed 11 wickets. Not once did they go wicketless.
Shaheen Afridi looked in ominous touch, taking 2 for 41 and 2 for 30 against West Indies and South Africa respectively. He bowls in the powerplay as well as at the death, having more chances of grabbing wickets.
Fakhar Zaman will play a crucial role at No. 3. Fortunately for Pakistan, he looked dangerous in the warm-up fixtures, smashing 46* and 52. Against India, he has scores of 114, 0, 31, and 62 in ODIs.
Rohit Sharma’s T20I numbers against Pakistan are unimpressive, scoring a mere 70 runs at 17.5 in 6 innings.
The onus of accelerating the run rate in the middle overs will be on Mohammad Hafeez and Suryakumar Yadav. While Hafeez is handy with the ball as well, the advantage of picking Suryakumar in fantasy teams is the strike rate at which he bats: bonus points are useful when some of your players fail.
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India have won 6 of 8 T20Is against Pakistan. To add fuel to the fire, they have never lost a World Cup or World T20 match against the arch-rivals. Although the stats and facts favour India, let’s not forget that cricket is a funny game.
In ICC T20I Rankings, India rank second and Pakistan are at the third spot. Expect a thriller of a contest.
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