We are still a long way from the showpiece India-Pakistan match in the ICC World T20 World Cup, but the conjecture has already begun. The buzz around the match is already greater than it has been for the whole of the tournament. The match between these two teams is already a rare commodity these days, with only ICC tournaments bringing them together. It should be a great game of cricket.
The last time these two sides faced was in the 2019 fifty-over World Cup, with India coming out on top. Both teams will be expected to play some brilliant live cricket.
Even while India has performed much better than their opponents in previous head-to-head encounters, all of history is mostly forgotten when these two sides hit the field. Aside from that, considering how closely their group is packed, this match is crucial in terms of table dynamics.
The match between India and Pakistan will take place on October 24, 2021, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.
This will be Virat Kohli’s last tournament as India’s captain in T20Is, and that is reason enough for him to be as driven as he has ever been. Aside from motivation, India has many advantages heading into the tournament’s main event. Having said that, the main event may be a whole different kind of job, and with the stakes so high, the pressure will be tremendous.
One element that will work in India’s advantage in terms of confidence is the fact that Pakistan has never defeated India in a World Cup game, regardless of format. Another obvious advantage for India heading into the match would be their experience with the conditions, due to the amount of matches they had already played as part of the Indian Premier League 2021.
Furthermore, India’s results in their two warm-up games would undoubtedly instil optimism. For a long time, India’s middle-order form has been scrutinised, and the manner Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant batted in the warm-ups adds to India’s strength with the bat.
Overall, India has a fantastic side on paper, and the fact that they are already familiar with the circumstances would be their greatest advantage. That helped them a lot in the two warm-ups, and we expect it to assist them a lot in the following matches as well. If India performs to their capabilities, they should be able to maintain their amazing record against Pakistan.
Pakistan enters 2017 World Cup with a fantastic T20I record since their previous World Cup campaign, and they will aim to match that performance in the World T20 as well. Pakistan, as always, has proven to be an unexpected opponent, and this year is no exception.
Pakistan’s board has a new chairman, and eleven of the previously planned T20I matches that were to be played prior to the World Cup have been cancelled. Despite all of the turmoil, Pakistan performed well in the warm-ups. They easily beat the West Indies and had South Africa on edge for the most of the second warm-up.
Pakistan has performed well so far, but their task against India will not be simple. They’ve assembled a solid squad with a nice mix of youth and experience, and they’re more than capable of beating any team on their day, particularly in this format. Especially if they play to their best in this next match, defeating them would be a monumental challenge, even for high-flying India.
HEAD TO HEAD:
India and Pakistan have faced each other in eight T20I’s. India have won seven of them and Pakistan managed to win just one.
Any match between India and Pakistan is a must-see, and the rivalry is greater than anything else in World Cricket. The stakes are enormous, and the pressure is intense. Experience will be crucial here, and India has an edge in that regard. Given this, as well as the other reasons mentioned above, India is the clear favourite. Back India to win this next match and maintain their World Cup winning streak against Pakistan.
DATE AND TIME:
October 24, 2021 (Sunday), 7:30 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai