India gets off their T20 World Cup campaign in a high-pressure game against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday.
Both the teams due to diplomatic tensions no more engage in bilateral series but do clash in ICC events. Prior to the start to this match, there were even calls from a section of Indian people to cancel the game. But as things stand for now, the match looks to go ahead.
Going by record, India have never lost to Pakistan in World Cups, be it in the T20 or the 50-over format.
On paper, India will start as favourites, with MS Dhoni present in the camp as a mentor, but with Pakistan nothing can be taken for granted as they can spring a surprise on their day. The 2017 Champions Trophy final would serve as a big example.
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The Indian players are not short of match practice and also very familiar with the conditions after having just finished the UAE-leg of the Indian Premier League. The likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant make up a strong batting unit, but concern would be of having a sixth bowler if Hardik Pandya is included purely as a batter.
The bowling department looks solid and got experience in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin and Varun Chakravarthy – who India may use as a trump card.
For Pakistan, the key players will be Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi, then they have the experience of Shoaib Malik and Mohammed Hafeez. But come Sunday at 7:30 PM, it will be all nerves for the players and for the fans of both the countries.
Where will the T20 World Cup 2021 match between India vs Pakistan be played?
The match between India vs Pakistan will be played at the Dubai International Stadium, in Dubai.
What time will the T20 World Cup 2021 match between India vs Pakistan start?
The match between India vs Pakistan will begin at 07:30 pm IST.
Which TV channels will broadcast the IND vs PAK match?
The Star Sports Network has the broadcasting rights for India vs Pakistan ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match.
How can you watch the live streaming of India vs Pakistan match online?
The match between India and Pakistan will be live-streamed on Disney+Hotstar.
Dream 11/Probable XIs:
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin/Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik/Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Harris Rauf, Shaeen Shah Afridi, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohamed Nawaz, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammed Wasim, Sohaib Maqsood.