Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan Match Prediction, Head to Head

Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan Match Prediction, Pakistan vs India Match Prediction, India vs Pakistan Prediction, IND vs PAK Match Prediction, Today's Asia Cup Match Winner, India vs Pakistan Head to Head, IND vs PAK Head to Head
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Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan Match Prediction, India vs Pakistan Head to Head, Pakistan vs India Match Prediction, India vs Pakistan Prediction, IND vs PAK Match Prediction, Today’s Asia Cup Match Winner, IND vs PAK Head to Head

Asia Cup 2018 is right at our doorstep with all the six teams now coming into frame to battle it out in order to be called the the ultimate champions of Asia. Five teams – India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan – were already in the fray after qualifying from Asia, and were waiting for the sixth participant to progress from the Asia Cup 2018 Qualifier tournament. And when Hong Kong defeated UAE in the final of the Qualifier tournament, it became the sixth and final participant for Asia Cup 2018. While Hong Kong would have cheered on after their qualification for the main tournament, an unfortunate thing for the ‘Orientals’ would be the fact that they are slotted in Group A, which also includes India and Pakistan – two cricketing heavyweights from Asia. In this article, we will discuss the 5th clash of Asia Cup 2018, that will take place on September 19, i.e. India vs Pakistan. We will discuss the India vs Pakistan match prediction (IND vs PAK match prediction) or India vs Pakistan prediction. Apart from the Pakistan vs India match prediction, we will also look at the India vs Pakistan head to head record (IND vs PAK head to head), to get a clear image of how the affairs have been between the two sides, historically.

India vs Pakistan Match Prediction, IND vs PAK Match Prediction, Asia Cup 2018

The India vs Pakistan match prediction (IND vs PAK match prediction) will be an absolutely enticing ordeal, as both the sides are out-and-out favorites to win the Asia Cup 2018, and have way more chances than Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Hong Kong to clinch the Asia Cup 2018 title. The tournament was recently awarded a complete One-Day International (ODI) status by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which eventually resulted in Hong Kong receiving an ODI team status as well. After looking at the India vs Pakistan match prediction (IND vs PAK match prediction) or India vs Pakistan prediction, we will discuss the India vs Pakistan head to head record (IND vs PAK head to head), which will in turn enrich the process of our Pakistan vs India match prediction.

The first and foremost thing that we will factor in for the India vs Pakistan match prediction (IND vs PAK match prediction) is the fact that the captain of the Indian team, Virat Kohli, will not be playing the Asia Cup 2018, as he was rested when the squad was announced by BCCI. Kohli has been taking part in all of Team India’s cricketing tours for the past year, and will be taking rest which many consider has been overdue. And considering the fact that currently, Kohli can be labelled as the best batsman and captain in world cricket, his absence has certainly eased off some pressure off Pakistan, admittedly.

Virat Kohli is ranked the No. 1 ODI batsman in the official ICC rankings, and while many cricketing pundits, such as former India opener Virender Sehwag, believe that India should send their best playing 11 to face Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018, the skipper’s absence would definitely raise some concerns in the Indian dressing room.

On the other hand, former India captain Sourav Ganguly went on record to say that the Indian team is so complete as a unit, that the absence of Virat Kohli would not hamper their ambition of toppling all of their oppositions in the Asia Cup 2018. Moreover, with Kohli getting rested, Rohit Sharma, who is the No. 4 ODI batsman in ICC rankings, will be captaining the Indian side. A positive note for the Men in Blue when we discuss the India vs Pakistan prediction (IND vs PAK match prediction), as Rohit Sharma has also proven to be successful ODI captain for the Indian team, whenever Kohli was excluded from the team sheet.

A noteworthy point here is that India had played 6 matches without Virat Kohli, and while on would consider India hapless without the ‘Delhi boy’, the Men in Blue went on to win 5 of those matches, with just one loss. An impressive record without a doubt. The Indian side will also see the favorite and heroic MS Dhoni return to the side, someone who is considered the most-important presence in the Indian short-format squads, even for Kohli.

In addition to that, in-form players such as Manish Pandey and Ambati Rayudu have been added to the squad for Asia Cup 2018, and both the batsman will come from impressive performances in the Indian Premier League and the recently-concluded Quadrangular Series. While the absence of Kohli doesn’t look a concern in the India vs Pakistan prediction (IND vs PAK match prediction) anymore, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is already dreaming of defeating India on September 19 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

A point that would point to Pakistan’s victory in Pakistan vs India match prediction would be the fact that the Men in Green would come with some of their deadliest weapons – No. 2 ranked ODI batsman Babar Azam and No. 3 ranked ODI bowler Hasan Ali. Had Mohammad Hafeez, who is ranked as the No. 2 ODI all-rounder, not faced an injury, his presence along with the others would have made Pakistan favorites in the India vs Pakistan prediction or Pakistan vs India match prediction, although they are still looking dominant as ever. Let us now look at the India vs Pakistan head to head record (IND vs PAK head to head).

India vs Pakistan head to head, IND vs PAK head to head

India vs Pakistan head to head record (IND vs PAK head to head) has seen a total number of 134 ODI matches take place till now, in which Pakistan have enjoyed dominance. Out of 134 matches that took place in India vs Pakistan head to head (IND vs PAK head to head), India have won 52 matches, 11 of which were hosted in India, 11 in Pakistan, and 30 were held in neutral venues or grounds.

And in the 134 ODIs of the India vs Pakistan head to head (IND vs PAK head to head), Pakistan have won 73 matches, 19 of which were held in India, 14 in Pakistan and 40 in neutral venues. Merely 4 matches out of the total India vs Pakistan head to head (IND vs PAK head to head) have ended as draw or with ‘No Result’. Now that we’ve discussed India vs Pakistan prediction or Pakistan vs India match prediction and the India vs Pakistan head to head, let us now look at the squads of both the sides.

India vs Pakistan Squads, Asia Cup 2018

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, K Khaleel Ahmed

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shan Masood, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Shoaib Malik, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Mohammad Amir

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