India captain Rohit Sharma chose to bat first against Pakistan in Pallekele after winning the toss in the 2023 Asia Cup match. Pakistan's statement from yesterday stands. Mohammed Shami was not included in India's starting lineup, though, instead Shardul Thakur joined Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah as the team's speed bowlers. Shreyas Iyer, who hadn't played since the India-Australia Test series earlier this year, was put in front of Suryakumar Yadav in the middle order.
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Report on Pitch by Ravi Shastri
Compared to the pitch that was used for Pakistan vs. Nepal, this one has more grass. The bounce on this track appears to be on the lower side. Early on, the ball might grip, and spin is possible. On this wicket, a score of 260–270 can be difficult.
XIs in play: India Playing XI: Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya (vc),
Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Iftikhar Ahmed, Agha Salman, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf make up the Pakistani playing XI.
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