India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a much-anticipated Group A encounter of Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, September 19.
When is the India-Pakistan match and how to watch it live
The biggest group-stage tie of Asia Cup 2018 will start at 3:30 pm local time, 5 pm IST and 12:30 pm BST.
Star Sports 1, Star Sports Hindi, and Star Sports Tamil will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live stream will be available on Hotstar.
What to expect from the Group A match
Both India and Pakistan have already qualified for the Super Four stage of Asia Cup after beating Hong Kong in their respective tournament openers.
However, the hype around today's marquee tie is high as the two arch-rivals are meeting for the first time since Pakistan's 180-run win over India in last year's Champions League final.
Also, Wednesday's tie gives an opportunity to both the teams, dubbed as favourites, to lay down an early marker.
Asia Cup history suggests there is very little to separate the two teams as both India and Pakistan have won five each in 10 head-to-head encounters. However, in the United Arab Emirates, the latter's record is superior — 19-7.
Numbers aside, Pakistan, for the first time in more than a decade, start as favourites against their arch-rivals.
Sarfraz Ahmed's men, who handed an eight-wicket thrashing to minnows Hong Kong are heading into the tie with two day's rest as well.
Lack of rest may work against India's favour
On the other hand, Rohit Sharma's men are playing back-to-back matches in the ongoing tournament. They were made to work hard for their 26-run win by Hong Kong, who came up with a spirited performance in Dubai on Tuesday.
Pakistan's pace attack, which excelled against Hong Kong, gives the Men in Green the edge over their arch-rivals. Notably, Mohammed Amir & Co. had plotted India's downfall in the memorable final of 2017 Champions Trophy at Oval, London.
The conditions are vastly different in the UAE when compared to the United Kingdom but Pakistan have the experience of playing in Dubai, which has served as one of their home bases since 2009.
It remains to be seen if Rohit's men will be physically ready for a high-pressure encounter, given they will be having less than 15 hours' time to recover after the Hong Kong tie.
India had rested the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya yesterday but the good performances of Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and debutant pacer Khaleel Ahmed has given the team management selection headaches as well.
All eyes will be on Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as Pakistan will be facing the spin twins on a sluggish track in their first-ever encounter.
Team news - Predicted playing XIs
Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed.
India vs Pakistan: Asia Cup 2018 TV guide
- US, Australia: Yupptv
- Afghanistan: Ariana TV
- Bangladesh: Channel 9, BTV
- Pakistan: PTV Sports
- UAE: OSN Sports Cricket
- Sri Lanka: SLRC (Channel Eye)