Pakistan will be seeking an improved performance in the second match against the arch-rivals as the Super Four Stage kicks off in Dubai on Sunday, with Bangladesh also looking forward to giving tough time to Afghanistan in the match in Abu Dhabi.
Both Pakistan and Bangladesh were romped by their opponents in the first round. While there were huge expectations from Pakistan to be at their best in a match which turned out to be a damp squib, with India winning by eight wickets.
Unexpectedly, Bangladesh were crushed by 136 runs in the Group B game by high flying Afghanistan. Pakistan too narrowly escaped a defeat against the spirited Afghans as they cruised to the victory in the last over with Shoaib Malik hitting a last over six and a boundary to seal the win.
By that count, Pakistan will need a huge lift against Rohit Sharma-led India who after a narrow escape against Hong Kong have won both their matches without any discomfort.
Pakistan were poor in the field against Afganistan as they dropped some five catches and if they do not improve against India a star-studded batting of their opponents will punish them to the hilt.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are in good nick, with the skipper knocking two successive half-centuries while Dhawan followed his hundred against Hong Kong with two good knocks but if Pakistan can get through them India’s middle order will be vulnerable as they have not got much chance in the event.
Pakistan have high hopes that their fast-rising leggie Shadab Khan will recover from a tight groin which ruled him out of the match against Afghanistan. He will again be assessed before the match.
Pakistan will also consider bringing back Mohammad Amir after he was left out on Friday following two wicket-less matches. He can replace Usman Shinwari who proved costly in the last two matches.
India have found Ravindra jadeja back after the spinner was not selected for over a year. Jadeja replaced Hardik Pandya in the squad and took four wickets against Bangladesh on Friday.
Afghanistan will start as favourites against Bangladesh as Mashrafe Mortaza team is struggling in batting.