Pakistan Predicted XI vs India: The Babar Azam-led Pakistan team will face archrivals India in the opening match of the T20 World Cup Super 12s at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, and the middle-order will be a key focus. During the pre-match press conference, Babar confirmed that top-order batter Fakhar Zaman will be unavailable against India due to an injury. However, Shan Masood may be able to boost the batting line-up after clearing tests after a concussion scare. With Babar’s recent struggles, wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan has stepped up with the bat, but Pakistan’s middle-order has been their Achilles heel recently.
Here’s how Pakistan might line-up against India:
Pakistan captain Babar Azam is in poor form following the Asia Cup. His role in the match will be crucial for Pakistan’s chances.
Mohammad Rizwan is currently the world’s top-ranked T20I batsman. He has performed well with the bat over the last two years. His partnership with Babar is crucial for Pakistan’s middle-order.
Since making his comeback in the team last month, Shan Masood has played some valuable knocks. The management hopes that Shan can replicate his recent performance.
It is possible that Asif Ali could replace Khushdil Shah in the playing XI. However, his performances have not been impressive.
He has played some decent cameos, but his striker-rate is what has raised concerns about his position in the team. Iftikhar Ahmed has played some decent cameos, but his striker-rate has been the main concern.
In addition to his ability to strike at crunch moments, Nawaz also has a tendency to contribute with the bat if the opportunity arises.
Shadab Khan: Pakistan’s vice-captain would be another impact player to watch out for in the key match against India. Apart from his leg spin, Shadab is also handy with the bat.
Imad Wasim: He has shown some decent performance with the ball, and can also strike a few lusty blows if the opportunity arises. Wasim can be one of Pakistan’s four pacers in the playing XI as they look to add more firepower to their bowling.
Shaheen Afridi: He made an immediate impact in the warm-up game against England after being out of action for nearly two months. His ability with the new ball is unmatched. His place in the playing XI should be a no-brainer.
Haris Rauf: He provides important breakthroughs for his team, and his economy rate is also impressive. While Shaheen is the X-factor with the new ball, Haris does the job in the middle and in the death overs as well.
In Shaheen’s absence, Naseem Shah acted as Shaheen’s representative during the Asia Cup and hopes to make a strong statement right from the start.
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