Famend commentator Aakash Chopra expressed that the Asia Cup 2023 appeared like an India-Pakistan-centric event. Aakash Chopra highlighted that solely the India and Pakistan Tremendous 4 match had a reserve day within the ongoing version of the continental event.
The Babar Azam-led workforce will face Sri Lanka of their final Tremendous 4 sport on the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Thursday, September 14. The Males in Inexperienced have to win the match to safe their berth within the last match in opposition to arch-rivals India within the Asia Cup.
It Appears Like It’s An India-Pakistan Event – Aakash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra highlighted that India and Pakistan have by no means confronted one another within the historical past of the Asia Cup.
“If we see at present’s match, it has grow to be a straight shoot-out. The massive factor is that this event’s historical past says that it gained’t permit an India-Pakistan last though you would possibly strive your greatest,” Chopra mentioned.
“Who did you retain in your group – Nepal. You made solely two groups to exit from the six after which needed to play within the Tremendous 4 and the ultimate as properly. So it looks as if it’s an India-Pakistan event. Solely India-Pakistan will get a reserve day as properly, nobody else will get it,” he added.
Win The Toss And Bat First – Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra identified that Pakistan is scuffling with accidents to their key bowlers, with Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah unavailable. Chopra steered that successful the toss and selecting to bat first would supply a strategic benefit within the digital semi-final.
“They’ve accidents as properly. Neither Haris Rauf nor Naseem Shah is offered. So you will note a spinner enjoying and I’ll need you to play spin on this pitch in any case. Play Mohammad Nawaz though Faheem Ashraf would possibly play as a result of the captain likes him, however I don’t assume he’s a really penetrative bowler.
“We’ll see Mohammad Wasim Jr and Shaheen Shah Afridi. I really feel if Pakistan are unable to dismiss Sri Lanka’s prime three like India did, they may lose this match. Firstly, win the toss and bat first. For those who decide to bowl first after successful the toss, you’ll lose in any case,” he concluded.
Pakistan Enjoying XI: Mohammad Haris, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Saud Shakeel, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Zaman Khan