IND A vs PAK A: Fields are set, Players are padded, and fans are back on their seats as India A will face Pakistan A in the much-awaited ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023 Final, on Sunday, July 23. The match will be played at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. India A & Pakistan A both are marching into this fixture on the back of gleaming victories & their ultimate aim will be to clinch the finals & win the prestigious ACC Emerging Asia Cup 2023.
IND A vs PAK A: Teams Preview
Pakistan A Team
Pakistan A is marching into this clash on the back of a massive victory over Sri Lanka A in the semifinals. The match unfolded with Pakistan batting first & posting a huge 322 runs total on board. Half-centuries from Omair Yousuf (88) and Mohammad Haris (52) laid the foundation of Pakistan’s competitive total.
Later their bowling attack capitalized on their blistering batting attack by scalping quick wickets. Arshad Iqbal was their wrecker-in-chief who went on to fetch five wickets & win the fixtures against Sri Lanka A by 60 runs. He would aim to repeat the heroics from the previous match into the crucial decider fixture of ACC Men’s Emerging Asia Cup 2023.
In the batting department, Omair Yousuf & Mohammad Haris will be their biggest bets. Yousuf scored a magnificent 88 against Sri Lanka A, he would aim to continue the same form against India A. He can get valuable support from Mohammad Haris who has played an innings of 52. The team would expect a good batting show from Sam Ayub who has displayed average performance throughout the tournament & would aim to produce an exemplary performance in the final against arch-rivals India A.
In the bowling department, Shahnawaz Dahani & Mohammad Wasim Jr will have the onus to scalp crucial wickets. Qasim Akram who has scalped six wickets in three fixtures will be their go-to-bowler in this crucial summit clash.
India A Team
India A too would be brimming with confidence after defeating Bangladesh A in the semi-finals. In their previous clash, India A failed to get going with the bat as the top-order failed to return with huge scores. However, later Yash Dhull played a spell-bounding knock of 66 runs to guide India to a decent 211 runs total. In the bowling department, Nishant Sindhu wreaked havoc by scalping five wickets to restrict Bangladesh A to 160 & register a gleaming 151-run win. India A team knows to rise back from setbacks & register glorious triumphs.
In the bowling department, Sai Sudarshan & Yash Dhull will continue their spectacular performance in the decider clash. They are consistent performers in the Emerging Asia Cup 2023 & are the top three batters in the ongoing tournament with 191 & 195 runs in their kitty. They will get valuable support from Nikin Jose who scored 50 runs in their last two encounters.
R Hangargekar is their key performer with the new ball. Hangargekar grabbed the limelight by returning with five wickets in India’s previous clash against Pakistan A. He will continue to be their biggest bet with the new ball in hand. He will get valuable support from Nishant Sandhu & Manav Sudhar on a pitch that is spin-friendly.
IND A vs PAK A Match Details
Match: Pakistan A vs India A, Final, ACC Men’s Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2023
Date and Time: July 23, 2023, Sunday, 2 PM IST
Venue: R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
IND A vs PAK A: Pitch Report
The pitch at the R Premadasa Stadium is spin-friendly, however, scoring is possible if adopted a cautious approach. Batters can get runs once they get settled in the middle overs. The temperature in Colombo ranges from around 26 to 31 degrees Celsius. It will stay humid throughout the day.
IND A vs PAK A: Probable XIs
Saim Ayub, Tayyab Tahir, Mohammad Haris (c & wk), Sahibzada Farhan, Omair Yousuf, Qasim Akram, Mubasir Khan, Amad Butt, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Arshad Iqbal, Sufiyan Muqeem
Sai Sudharsan, Abhishek Sharma, Nikin Jose, Yash Dhull (c), Riyan Parag, Nishant Sindhu, Dhruv Jurel (wk), Manav Suthar, Harshit Rana, Yuvrajsinh Dodiya, RS Hangargekar
Players to Watch Out for
All eyes will be on Hangargekar who has registered five wicket haul in their previous clash against Pakistan A. He would aim to register another five-fer in this crucial clash & guide India to the title triumph.
In Pakistan’s clan, Omair Yousuf will be their player to watch out for. He has managed to play a blistering 88-run knock in their fixture against Sri Lanka A. He would aim to continue the same performance in today’s clash against India A.
IND A vs PAK A Prediction
Both India A & Pakistan A met each other in the league stage of the ACC Emerging Asia Cup 2023. And it was India A who emerged victorious over Pakistan A. Currently, India A is unbeaten in the Emerging Asia Cup tournament & would look ahead to continue their record in the Final clash.
On the other hand, Pakistan A would put their every effort to outclass India A in the summit clash & script history by lifting the title. But looking at how India A has been performing throughout the tournament & their good records against Pakistan A, they look like favorites to win this clash.
IND A vs PAK A: Live Streaming Details
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