IND vs PAK: Shahnawaz Dahani ruled out, Hasan Ali likely to replace

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Shahnawaz Dahani

Shahnawaz Dahani, a 24-year-old right-arm bowler who was scheduled to play against the India National Cricket Team in the forthcoming high-stakes match, has been ruled out due to injury, dealing the Pakistan National Cricket Team yet another injury setback in the Asia Cup 2022.

The right-arm bowler, is expected to miss Sunday’s match against India owing to a suspected side strain sustained during the match against the Hong Kong National Cricket Team, according to a statement issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday. Shahnawaz Dahani will reportedly be replaced by pacer Hasan Ali in the starting lineup for the crucial match against India, according to sources.

At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday, the Men in Green will square off against their bitter foes, the India National Cricket Team. Notably, Pakistan will try to avenge their loss against Rohit Sharma and the company in the Asia Cup 2022 opening on August 28 at the same location.

Unavailability of Shahnawaz Dahani – Official Statement 

“Shahnawaz Dahani will not be available for Sunday’s ACC T20 Asia Cup Super-4 match against India due to a suspected side strain. The injury happened while bowling in the match against Hong Kong in Sharjah on Friday,” the Pakistan Cricket Board said in an official media release

“As is the case with any suspected side strain injury, the medical team will monitor him for the next 48-72 hours, following which they will make decisions, including carrying out a scan and further participation in the tournament,” the Pakistan Cricket Board further stated.

IND vs PAK: Dahani’s contribution 

Even though Pakistan lost to the Rohit Sharma-led team in the Group A encounter on Sunday, Dahani had performed admirably against India. Following a batting collapse, he contributed 16 runs in only six deliveries to help them reach their target. He then bowled a tidy spell, allowing just 29 runs in four overs, but was unable to pick up a wicket.

In the group stage match, India defeated Pakistan by a margin of five wickets. As Pakistan blasted Hong Kong by 155 runs to secure qualification to the Super-4 stage, he went on to return figures of 1/7 in two overs.

On Friday, Ravindra Jadeja was declared out for the duration of the competition, dealing another injury setback to India.

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