India are facing Pakistan in the second match of the 2022 Asia Cup, UAE. The Pakistani cricket team led by Babar Azam have donned black armbands in the match. The gesture is to show support for the flood victims in their nation.
Floods have severely affected Pakistan, killing people and wreaking havoc in the regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh. Balochistan has also been cut off from the rest of the nation as a result of the recent rains.
There have been numerous fatalities and significant destruction as heavy rain has continued to batter areas of that country already devastated by catastrophic floods. Local media has recorded more than 1,000 deaths, affecting 30 million people nationwide. It is projected that Pakistan’s will lose more than $4 billion in the current fiscal year due to the unusually heavy monsoon rains and severe flash floods.
Rahul Dravid, the coach, recovered from COVID-19 earlier today before the game and was seen advising the Indian dressing room prior to the toss. Rohit Sharma, the captain, chose to bowl first after winning the toss.
Dinesh Kartik was selected over Rishabh Pant as India’s first choice wicket keeper in an unexpected move. This indicates that a skilled finisher was desired by the Indian management. Avesh Khan is also a part of the team for the competitive game against Ravichandran Ashwin.
Meanwhile in group B, Afghanistan won the opening match of the tournament on Saturday in Dubai, defeating Sri Lanka by an eight-wicket margin.