T20 World Cup, IND vs PAK preview: India and Pakistan renew rivalry in Dubai



India and Pakistan will face off in a victorious battle on Sunday at the Super 12 stage of the 2021 T20 World Cup in Dubai. This will be the opening game of the tournament for the two main rivals and both teams will be looking for the best possible start by securing victory in the match. India, led by Virat Kohli, prepared for the tournament with victories over England and Australia, while Pakistan kicked off the defending champions West Indies before beating South Africa in their second game. The match will be the two teams' sixth meeting in the T20 World Cup.

India lost to Pakistan in a World Cup meeting after beating the last seven of seven at the ODI World Cup and five of five in previous editions of the competition. One of India's five victories over Pakistan in the T20 World Cup came in the inaugural edition in 2007, when both teams also advanced to the final, which India won by five points.

The pressure will be on Kohli's India as they try to maintain their perfect World Cup record against Pakistan. Kohli, who will be the last captain of the T20I national team, has already warned his teammates about the quality of the opponent.

“Pakistan are strong, you have to play your best cricket against them every time. They have players who are game-changers. We definitely have to bring our A game against Pakistan," Kohli said in the pre-match virtual press conference on Friday.

With a strong batting team like Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya and others, the Indian Bowling Division also has big names in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and others.

The only major concern is whether the all-rounder Hardik, who has not played in recent months, would be ready to bowl again on Sunday. Kohli tried to allay the fear during Friday's press conference.

"I feel Hardik presently is getting better in terms of being prepared to bowl two overs for us. Till the time he starts bowling, we have created a few options for ourselves. What he offers at number 6 as a batter, we can't create something like that overnight," said the Indian captain

Pakistan, on the other hand, is an impressive team. Skipper Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik and others make up a strong batting team, while their impressive bowling unit Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Haris Rauf, between .

In a conversation with reporters on Saturday, Pakistani captain Azam urged his team to forget the past."To be honest, what has passed is beyond us," he said. "We want to use our ability and confidence on the day of the match so that we can get a better result. Records are meant to be broken," he added.

Sources:- ndtv sports



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