Renowned commentator Harsha Bhogle lauded Pakistan’s speedster Naseem Shah after his first spell against India during the Super 4 match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023 in Colombo.
Shah seamed the ball both ways at pace but was unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his first five overs. He conceded 23 runs and also bowled a maiden over.
Bhogle also heaped praise on Shubman Gill, who scored a quick fifty, for taking the attack to Pakistan's pacer Shaheen Afridi.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first against India.
Pakistan have fielded an unchanged playing XI for this high-voltage clash. Meanwhile India have made two changes with one of them being forced after Shreyas Iyer picked up a spasm in the back moments before the toss and will be replaced by KL Rahul. Jasprit Bumrah has also replaced Mohammad Shami in India’s lineup.
After beating Bangladesh by seven wickets in their first Super Four match, the Men in Green will look forward to continuing their excellent form in the Asia Cup.
“We will bowl first. I think there is a bit of moisture, we need to use that. Always, India-Pakistan is high intensity, but we will take it match to match. As a team, we are playing well, we are focused on this one,” Pakistan captain Babar Azam said at the toss.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf