IND vs PAK: As the second phase of Asia Cup 2023 intensifies, the cricketing nations gear up for the much-awaited Super 4 stage. Four teams, namely India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh have made it to this round. The Super 4 began on a high with Pakistan registering a solid victory over Bangladesh, defeating them by 7 wickets.

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IND vs PAK: KL Rahul’s Return to Form:

After focusing on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy during the league stages, KL Rahul now looks in prime condition. All eyes will be on Rahul as he’s expected to be back in action against arch-rivals Pakistan. Adding another boost to the Indian camp, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah has returned after briefly stepping away due to the birth of his son. Fans eagerly await his comeback to the playing XI.

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Potential Tough Call on Ishan Kishan:

IND vs PAK: However, with Rahul’s inclusion, it’s speculated that Ishan Kishan might have to warm the benches. This decision wouldn’t be an easy one for skipper Rohit Sharma and the team management. Kishan, with his gritty performance, had been a beacon of hope for India in the group stage, especially against Pakistan where he, alongside Hardik Pandya, steadied a faltering innings.

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Pakistan’s Rising Streak:

Pakistan has displayed stellar cricket in the Asia Cup 2023. Their next challenge comes in the form of Team India. Given Pakistan’s form and the high stakes of an India-Pakistan match, captain Rohit Sharma might have some tactical changes up his sleeve for the upcoming encounter.

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IND vs PAK: India’s Playing XI:

IND vs PAK: For the anticipated clash, India’s lineup reads as follows: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, and Mohammed Siraj.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul

In the grand theater of cricket, an India vs. Pakistan encounter never fails to entertain. With the newly announced changes and the weight of past performances, fans from both sides await a match that promises to be an enthralling contest.


– The Asia Cup 2023 second phase has begun with the qualification of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh for the Super 4 stage.
– Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 7 wickets in the first match of this phase.
– Pakistan’s performance in the Asia Cup 2023 has been impressive so far.
– There might be changes in the Indian playing eleven for the upcoming match against Pakistan.
– KL Rahul, who has recovered from his injury, is likely to be included in the Indian playing eleven.
– Jasprit Bumrah, who had returned to India for the birth of his child, is expected to be a part of the playing eleven as well.
– Ishan Kishan may have to sit out due to KL Rahul’s return.
– In the previous match against Pakistan, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya played a crucial partnership, contributing 138 runs for the 5th wicket.
– Apart from Ishan and Hardik, no other Indian batsman was able to score more than 20 runs in the match.
– The Indian playing eleven against Pakistan is expected to include Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, and Mohammed Siraj.