Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant keep India ticking
Published : Sunday, 24 October, 2021 at 9:00 PM Count : 228
Skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant steadied India's ship after Pakistan bowlers jolted the batting side with three early wickets in a Super 12 match in Dubai.
Hasan Ali removed Suryakumar Yadav after pacer Shaheen Afridi jolted India with two early wickets of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul while bowling first against India in a Super 12 match in Dubai.
Rishabh Pant received a major appeal for caught behind from a Mohmmad Hafeez delivery as Pakistan reviewed in vain. Kohli left out Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Ishan Kishan from the playing XI, with Varun Chakaravarthy making the line-up. Team India will hope to seal a win and get their campaign off to a good start against a top-notch Pakistan team, which has a number of match-winners in its line-up.
For India, Rishabh Pant and the skipper himself will hold key, while Pakistan will be expecting a lot from their bowling attack which includes the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan. Mohammad Rizwan has been in stellar form with the bat for Pakistan along with captain Babar. The experienced duo of Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez are expected to start the match too.
For India, Jasprit Bumrah will hold the key in the bowling department while Kohli will have to decide how many spinners he will play against a sub-continental opponent. India included MS Dhoni in their support staff as a mentor for this tournament and Kohli will look to extract most from the former Indian captain.