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The third match of Asia Cup 2023 will be played between India and Pakistan in Kandy today. The match will start at 3:00 pm according to Indian timing. The toss will take place at 2:30 pm.
Pakistan team has defeated Nepal in their first match. At the same time, this will be the first match of the Indian team. Both the teams are facing each other in ODI format after four years. Before this, their last encounter took place in the 2019 World Cup.
Pakistan announced the playing-11 a day before the match. The playing-11 of the Indian team will be revealed at the time of the toss.
84% chance of rain
According to various weather websites, it will be cloudy in Kandy during the afternoon match on Saturday. There is an 84% chance of rain during the match.
head to head
Overall 132 ODIs have been played between India and Pakistan. India has won 55 and Pakistan has won 73 matches. 4 matches are inconclusive. The two teams last met in 2018 in the ODI Asia Cup. Then 2 matches were played between them and India won both times.
You can see in the next picture what has been the head to head of these teams in the ODI format of the Asia Cup.
Both won one match each in Sri Lanka
India and Pakistan have met thrice during the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka. Once each got victory. One match ended in a draw due to rain.
The last time both the teams met in 2010 was at the ground in Dambulla. India won this match by 3 wickets with one ball remaining. Earlier in 2004, Pakistan won the match at Colombo by 59 runs. Both the teams will be facing each other in ODIs for the first time in Kandy.
Shubman Gill India’s top scorer this year
In the year 2023, Shubman Gill has been the top scorer for India in ODI cricket. At the same time, Kuldeep Yadav has been the top wicket taker. See the performance of India’s top batsman and best bowler in ODIs this year in the next picture.
This year was great for Babar Azam
This year has been very good for Pakistan captain Babar Azam. He has scored the most runs for Pakistan this year. Haris Rauf has done brilliantly in bowling. This year he has taken 17 wickets. See the performance of Pakistan’s top batsman and top bowler this year in the next picture.
The pitch here is good for batting. The average first innings score here is 250 runs. The pitch can be helpful for seam bowlers in the beginning. As the game progresses, it will help the spin bowlers as well.
Possible playing 11 of both the teams…
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami/Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (Captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.
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