Can India Pakistan 50 over be a thriller this time?

Sports Sunday 27/August/2023 18:30 PM
By: Anis Sajan
Can India Pakistan 50 over be a thriller this time?

The big clash between arch rivals India and Pakistan for the Asia cup is on 2nd September and fans from both countries are all excited as the last time the two countries met in a 50 over clash was way back in 2019 in Manchester during the world Cup in England where India trounced Pakistan on the back of a brilliant hundred by Rohit Sharma.

The last three T20 clash between both teams have been typical of an India Pakistan humdinger and have gone till the last over but the last six 50 over matches since 2015 have been all one sided with India winning five and Pakistan winning the big one, the Champions trophy final. Fans from both countries wait for an India Pakistan match as both teams don’t play regularly due to the political tension hence they wait for the Asia Cup which happens once every two years and the 50 over World Cup every two years. But sadly the 50 over matches as billed have not lived up to the high drama and tension in the last 8 years.

One main reason for India’s dominance against Pakistan in the 50 over format in the last 8 years is their superior batting where the likes of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have also scored big runs and given India the edge as compared to Pakistan’s batting. It was only in the 2017 Champions trophy finals when Fakkar Zaman scored a big hundred and then Mohammed Amir ripping out India’s top three led to the only win.

With Babar Azam the number one batsman in ODI cricket, Pakistan will hope that he will come to the party and get those big runs and other batsman like Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman can play around him. India and Pakistan are expected to play a minimum of three 50 over games in the next two months two in Asia Cup hoping both India and Pakistan both beat Nepal and one in the big world cup. All the fans will hope that the matches go to the wire and don’t turn out to be one sided affair as the last six games.