Who are in the Super-4?
India is the first team from Group A to advance to the super four round. India won their first game of the 2022 Asia Cup against Pakistan before overcoming Hong Kong. Afghanistan, who won their first two games in Group B, has advanced to the super four round. The other two teams who have advanced to the Super4 stage of the competition are Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Result of the first Super -4 Match: Afghanistan Vs. Sri Lanka
Afghanistan was beaten by Sri Lanka by 4 Wickets in Tense Match with five balls to spare.
The Match Today ( 4/9): India Vs. Pakistan.
Today, India and Pakistan will meet again in the Asia Cup 2022 Super4 round. India won the first encounter between these two teams by five wickets in a nail-biting last over on August 28th at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. India won their second league game against Hong Kong subsequently and became the first team in Group A to advance to the Super4 round. On the other hand, Pakistan qualified for Super4 after defeating Hong Kong in their second game by 155 runs.
Both sides were in for a shock. Jadeja has sustained an injury from which he is not expected to recover soon enough, and Dahani has ‘side’ issues. However, both are in-form players, and no captain would be willing to lose them. So while Ravi Ashwin is expected to replace Jadeja, either Hasan Ali or Mohammad Hasnain may come in for Shahnawaz Dahan.
Since this is both teams’ first game in the Super 4 stage, one can view it in isolation from the rest of the tournament. However, this is a good chance for them to practice against each other again before their T20 World Cup match in Australia in October.
One cannot say India held the upper hand in the match against Pakistan on August 28. It was a tense match, and Hardik Pandya proved to be that difference. Yet India starts as a favourite due to their miraculous comeback. Even without Jasprit Bumrah and Harshal Patel, their bowlers did well, notably when they used the short ball to devastating effect, which Babar Azam’s team could not counter or reproduce.
As a result, India was allowed to rest Hardik Pandya, a vital cog in the middle order who also bowls, since he is in form in both batting and bowling. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli appears to be slowly returning to form after capitalising on an early escape against Pakistan and Hong Kong, scoring 35 runs, followed by an unbeaten 50.
Any concerns that Pakistan could struggle in the group stage were put to rest with their overwhelming, record-breaking win over Hong Kong. Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz joined nands to wreck the Islanders. Even if spinners won’t have as much of an impact in Dubai, Pakistan’s best chance for winning still lies with a balanced bowling assault.
Further, Super 4 points are up for grabs. Even if that seems like a minor consideration, it will become more valuable as these two compete with Sri Lanka and Afghanistan to reach the final.
Probable XI (India):
1. Rohit Sharma (cap), 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suryakumar Yadav, 5 Rishabh Pant/Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Avesh Khan/R Ashwin, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11. Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable XI (PAK):
1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Iftikhar Ahmed, 5 Khushdil Shah, 6 Shadab Khan, 7 Asif Ali, 8 Mohammad Nawaz, 9 Naseem Shah, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Hasan Ali/Mohammad Hasnain
Toss & Pitch Conditions:
Even if the temperature is forecast to drop by a few levels by the time the match begins, the level of humidity will still be a problem as the day’s high approaches 40°C. Toss would prove to be crucial once again, and the winner would put the opposition in to bat.