Pakistan to play against India in a must-win encounter
MIRPUR: Pakistan and India will take on each other in a match, so called semi-final of Asia Cup 2014 on Sunday, ARY News reported.
Last time the two arch-rivals met each other at the same venue, Mirpur, in March 2012, which was the league match of Asia Cup 2012. India was winner of that game.
The stats of the tournament has created a must win situation for both the teams, as Pakistan and India have won one match each, and have each lost a close game against Sri Lanka.
Furthermore, neither side has performed to anything like full capacity so far. India's bowlers didn't look particularly threatening even against Bangladesh, and Pakistan's top-order tardiness nearly cost them against Afghanistan. Both teams made match-turning errors against Sri Lanka.
Both the team has edge over the other in one department. Pakistan, as ever, have the better bowling side while India have the better batting unit. So this would be billed as a clash between India's batsmen and Pakistan's bowlers.
The match will be played at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur and if the pitch in Mirpur plays true to its history, India will want a genuine third seamer rather than a medium-pace-bowling allrounder.
Meanwhile, Pakistan's main concern will be inconsistent top order as well as Shahid Afridi with the bat, but they are unlikely to make any changes from their eleven against Afghanistan.
The match will start at 13:00 as per Pakistan Standard Time (PKT).