The third match of Asia Cup 2023 will be played between India and Pakistan in Kandy today. The match will start at 3:00 pm according to Indian timing. The toss will take place at 2:30 pm.
Pakistan team has defeated Nepal in their first match. At the same time, this will be the first match of the Indian team. Both the teams are facing each other in ODI format after four years. Before this, their last encounter took place in the 2019 World Cup.
Pakistan announced the playing-11 a day before the match. The playing-11 of the Indian team will be revealed at the time of toss.
It will be cloudy at the time of the match in the afternoon on Saturday. There is an 84% chance of rain during the match.
Overall 132 ODIs have been played between India and Pakistan. India has won 55 matches and Pakistan has won 73 matches. 4 matches have been inconclusive. The two teams last met in 2018 in the ODI Asia Cup. Then 2 matches were played between them and India won both times. During the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, India-Pak teams have clashed 3 times. Once each got victory. While one match remained inconclusive due to rain.
The last time both the teams met in 2010 was at the ground in Dambulla. India won this match by 3 wickets with one ball remaining. Earlier in 2004, Pakistan won the match at Colombo by 59 runs. Both the teams will be facing each other in ODIs for the first time in Kandy.
Shubman Gill has been the top scorer for India in ODI cricket in the year 2023. Whereas, Kuldeep Yadav is the top wicket taker. See the performance of India’s top two batsman and best bowler in ODIs this year in the next picture.
This year has been great for Captain Babar Azam. He has scored 689 runs in 12 ODIs. After him comes the number of Captain Fakhar Zaman.
The pitch here is good for batting. The average first innings score here is 250 runs. The pitch can be helpful for seam bowlers in the beginning. As the game progresses, it will help the spin bowlers as well.
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami/Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.