Dhoni puts Pakistan in to bat

Mirpur (Bangladesh), Feb 27 (IANS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field in their high profile second Twenty20 International match of the Asia Cup against Pakistan at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium here on Saturday evening.

This is Pakistan’s first match of the tournament. The pitch is the same that was used for the tournament opening India-Bangladesh clash. India had won that game by 45 runs on Wednesday.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan will not play the game because of a niggle and has been replaced by middle-order batsman Ajinkya Rahane. Pakistan, on the other hand, are playing four fast bowlers.

Squads:

India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah.

Pakistan: Khurram Manzoor, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicketkeeper), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi (captain), Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Sami, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan.

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