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Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction for Asia Cup 2018 Pakistan vs India

Fakhar Zaman
Fakhar Zaman in action

As two Asian powerhouses India and Pakistan meet for the first time after the Champions Trophy Final, holding on to their nerves in crucial moments will matter as much as their cricketing skills.

Pakistan are up against India with an extremely strong and balanced team. With a flamboyant top order, a solid middle order, variety in the bowling line up and fielding better than ever before, the team has all its bases covered.

Moreover, the absence of Virat Kohli, the indifferent performance of India against Hong Kong and better awareness of the conditions gives them an equal chance of winning this match.

This will no longer be a match just between Pakistan's bowling and India's batting. Both teams have come a long way in improving their weaker suits. Pakistan now have a solid batting lineup comprising of Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik who would try and go big in this match.

In the bowling department, they will rely on Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Faheem Ashraf and the leggie Shadab Khan. There is no reason why they would make any changes to their winning combination. Pakistan would like to bat first if they win the toss and then expect their bowlers to pile up the pressure on Indian batsmen.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah will surely make the cut in place of Shardul Thakur while Hardik Pandya will replace either of Bhuvneshwar Kumar or Khaleel Ahmed. Pakistan are coming off a two-day rest as opposed to India who have just played Hong Kong. 


Here are the playing XIs for both teams -


India - Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan - Imam ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(c)(wk), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Shinwari

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – Pakistan

Head to Head – Matches 125, Pakistan 73, India 52

Head to Head Asia Cup – Matches 11, Pakistan 5, India 5

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Fakhar Zaman (Pakistan), Rohit Sharma (India)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Hasan Ali (Pakistan), Jasprit Bumrah (India)

Most Sixes – Faheem Ashraf (Pakistan), Hardik Pandya (India)

Team Scores Batting First – Pakistan 240+, India 250+

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.

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