Asia Cup 2023: Indian batsmen will once again face the challenge of Pakistani fast bowlers in the Asia Cup on Sunday. After the group phase, both teams will now face each other in the fourth round game. The Pakistani face battery enters the field with the sole intention of targeting the Indian batsmen. However, Indian fans are expecting a better performance from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli this time.
In fact, India faced Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka on September 2. Due to rain, the result of this game could not be announced. But the weakness of the Indian batsmen was definitely evident in front of the Pakistan fast bowlers. Apart from Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya, no batsman from Team India could hold their own against Pakistani fast bowlers.
India’s top order looked completely helpless in front of the trio of Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf. India had lost four wickets for 66 runs in 14.1 overs. Rohit Sharma 11, Shubhman Gill 10, Virat Kohli 4 and Shreyas Iyer left the pavilion after scoring 14 runs. Thanks to Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya, India somehow managed to score 266 runs in 48.5 overs.
All of India’s 10 wickets were taken by Pakistan’s fast bowlers. Shaheen Afridi scored 35 runs in 10 overs sending 4 batsmen to the pavilion. Naseem Shah took three wickets for 36 runs in 8.5 overs. Haris Rauf managed to take three wickets after scoring 58 runs in 9 overs.
India faces another attack from Pakistan at the same pace on Sunday. In this tournament, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi have taken 23 wickets in three matches. It won’t be easy for the Indian batsmen to deal with these three. Due to the persistent rain in Colombo, the pitch can also be helpful for fast bowlers.