Pakistan skipper Babar Azam gained the toss and elected to subject first towards India in a key Tremendous 4 Twenty20 worldwide of the Asia Cup on Sunday.
The 2 Asian giants meet for the second time within the six-nation match after India edged Pakistan within the group stage final week.
Pakistan have made one change from their 155-run hammering of Hong Kong within the group stage with tempo bowler Mohammad Hasnain coming in for the injured Shahnawaz Dahani, who was dominated out resulting from a suspected aspect pressure.
“We’ll bowl first. The dew might be an element, that’s the explanation we’re bowling first,” Azam mentioned on the toss.
“We had numerous positives from the final match towards India. The message is to play positively.”
India, who made the Tremendous 4 stage with two wins over Pakistan and Hong Kong, have made three adjustments to their staff with Hardik Pandya, who was rested within the earlier match, returning to the XI.
Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi and all-rounder Deepak Hooda make the staff instead of Ravindra Jadeja, who was compelled out of the match with an injured knee, and Avesh Khan, who’s recovering from sickness.
Skipper Rohit Sharma mentioned they’d have bowled first as nicely had he gained the toss however believes enjoying freely within the much-hyped match can be key.
“We’d have bowled first, however now we have to play freely and amass a very good rating on this pitch,” mentioned Rohit.
“Momentum counts on this format, you’ve to be on the cash from the beginning, not fear about exterior pressures.”
Rohit mentioned Jadeja has returned dwelling and it was a “headache” deciding on the staff for his or her opening match within the Tremendous 4.
The bitter rivals play one another solely in multi-nation tournaments resulting from political tensions.
The highest two groups on the finish of the Tremendous 4 stage will play the ultimate on the similar venue on September 11.
The match is a prelude to the T20 World Cup in October-November in Australia.
India: KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (capt), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh
Pakistan: Babar Azam (capt), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain
Umpires: Masudur Rahman (BAN), Raveendra Wimalasiri (SRI)
TV Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)
Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (BAN)