By Neha Yadav
Published Sep 01, 2023

Hindustan Times

Asia Cup 2023: 5 key battles in India vs Pakistan match

The iconic match between India and Pakistan will take place on September 2 as the two teams will compete with Asia Cup 2023

Both teams have the best players lined up for the showdown. Here are 5 key battles to watch out for during the India vs Pakistan match on September 2

Shaheen Afridi vs Rohit Sharma

Pakistan's left-arm fast seam bowler is one of the exceptional new-ball bowlers globally, who often takes wickets in his first over 

Indian team captain Rohit Sharma was earlier dismissed by Afridi for a golden duck in Dubai at the T20 World Cup 2021. However, his ability to play a long game can be a challenging pursuit for Shaheen 

Haris Rauf vs Virat Kohli

India's right-hand batsman Virat Kohli scored consecutive sixes off Pakistan's right-arm fast bowler Haris Rauf at the T20 World Cup 2022

The impending face-off between Rauf and Kohli will be a challenging one as Rauf achieved his career's best T20 figures against New Zealand recently

Babar Azam vs Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam played against India's fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah along with right-handed batsman Mohammad Rizwan at the T20 World Cup 2021. The duo led Pakistan to victory by 10 wickets

In the first match of the Asia Cup, Babar scored a century against Nepal. Bumrah is likely to get two more opportunities to play against Babar during the India vs Pakistan match

Kuldeep Yadav vs Iftikhar Ahmad

India's left-arm leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav can be expected to utilise his skills to put aside Pakistan's right-hand batsman Iftikhar Ahamad

Iftikhar is one of the in-form middle-order batters in Pakistan. Kuldeep's fresh confrontation with Iftikhar will be a must-watch spectacle as he is India's premier wrist-spinner

Virat Kohli vs Babar Azam

Kohli and Babar's neck-to-neck contest can be one of the emerging sights in the India vs Pakistan match. Both the star batters will look to smash runs on the pitch for their respective teams