IND vs PAK, Asia Cup 2023: How Is The Pitch Expected To Play At Pallekele Stadium


IND vs PAK Asia Cup 2023 Pitch Report: All eyes are on the India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2023 face off. Pakistan have already played their first match of the tournament while the IND vs PAK Asia Cup 2023 match will be the first time Rohit Sharma & Co. would take the field in this continental tournament. The match is all set to be played at the Palleleke International Cricket Stadium.

Before the match, let’s have a look at what the pitch report suggests for the match. As of August 31 (Thursday), as many as 33 ODIs have been played at this venue. While teams batting first have won 14 of these matches, those chasing have gone on to clinch 18 matches. Only 1 match has ended without a result.

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The average first innings total here at this venue before the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Asia Cup 2023 match is 248 runs while the highest total which has been successfully chased down here is 314 by the home team against Afghanistan last year. All of that suggests that it is not necessarily a high-scoring venue. Moreover, with rain expected to play a spoilsport, team that wins the toss might look to chase here with the DRS coming in to play.

Pacers average 31.15 on this pitch at an economy of 5.65 while spinners average 34.17 at an economy of 4.95. The fast bowlers have picked 271 wickets at the Pallekele International cricket stadium before the SL vs BAN Asia Cup 2023 match while the spinners had 186 wickets to their credit. This could be an even contest between the bat and ball.

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The good news for Indian fans though is that India have won all three of their ODIs at this venue while Pakistan have won 2 and lost 3 ODIs in this stadium and have a win per cent of only 40. However, heading into this tournament, Pakistan are ranked number 1 in the world while India are number 3. Does that mean Men in Green will reign supreme or will India start off the first of what promises to be a multiple installments of IND vs PAK rivalry in Asia Cup 2023 with a win? Only time will tell.

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