Pakistan take on India in the highly anticipated Asia Cup match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium today. The Game is the first between sub-continent since Pakistan thumped India by 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy at the Oval in June Last year.
The two teams are facing each other for the first time in the United Arab Emirates since 2006, the last their regular matches which were also held in Sharjah between 1984-2000. Both teams have faced other 12 times in the Asia Cup.
India have won six games while Pakistan came out as winners in five matches. One match between India and Pakistan was abandoned. Addressing a press conference on Monday. Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmad and Indian Captain Rohit Sharma played down the hype surrounding the match awaited clash, insisting that the Asia Cup is much more than a contest between the arch rivals.
We will not take that Champions Trophy win in our minds, said Sarfaraz. That was a different atmosphere in london and condition. It was a year ago that history so we will enter the ground with a new strategy and passion, he added Indian skipper Sharma said his team will be looking beyond Pakistan.
It always exciting to play Pakistan, but it not about one team as well. There are other teams also eyeing the title, Sharma added.
Rohit Sharma, Kl Rahul, Ambit Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Jadav, Ms Dohni, Hardik pandiya, Kumar, Yadve, Chahal, Thakur, Danish Karthik, Khalel Ahmed
Sarfaraz Ahmad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail,Imam ul Haq, Asif, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem, Amir, Sohaib Malik, Junaid khan, Usman khan and Shaeen Afridi