The Big Battle: India and Pakistan Clash in The Asia Cup Today!

India meet Pakistan in their second encounter in the Asia Cup.

MS Dhoni was prominent by his nonappearance as the Indian team touched base for practice in Fatullah on Friday. Try not to peruse a lot into it however. India's restricted overs skipper is nursing a terrible back and wisely dealing with his body. At this phase of his vocation, he has earned the privilege to be choosy. Shahid Afridi accompanied the Pakistan team and knocked down some pins along spell in the nets before having a short batting stretch towards the end. He is all the more a bowler nowadays and batting has to a great extent been confined to cameos at No. 6. Afridi is three days shy of his 36th birthday and seven months shy of finishing two decades in worldwide cricket. Like his Indian restricted overs partner, the Pakistan T20 captian, as well, remains a gigantically persuasive figure in the team.

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Current form tallies and Afridi doesn't admission well on that scale either. In three T20s in New Zealand a month ago, he could oversee 38 runs. His strike-rate, notwithstanding, was a stunning 200.00. At that point, playing for Peshawar Zalmi in the inaugural Pakistan Super League, he scored 87 runs in 10 matches; at the end of the day at an extremely amazing strike-rate of 158.18. Afridi still can run blast with the bat, however does he remain a distinct advantage? Only time will give us the answer.

In Dhaka, two years back, Afridi had single-handedly won the game for Pakistan – in the Asia Cup, clobbering two straight sixes off R Ashwin in the final over. His batting prowess has diminished since. Between March 2, 2014 and February 26, 2016, he has scored 269 runs at 15.82 in 20 T20 internationals. But he has taken 18 wickets at 29.55. Overall stats hardly matter in the shortest format though. 

In the team's Asia Cup opener against Bangladesh, Dhoni got just two balls to flex his muscles and remained not out on eight. In any case, Pakistan with their quick bowling trio of Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan and Mohammad Amir, represent a greater danger. Contributes this competition have been helping the seamers and the droop against Sri Lanka in Pune and the early stammer in the last match verify India's batting questions in such conditions.

Tomorrow's game has been charged as a challenge between India's batting and Pakistan's quick bowling down some pins and each chance Dhoni may get a longish spell in the center. With the World T20 drawing nearer, he wouldn't fret having a fair spell with the bat.

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