The biggest rivalry in sport is set to resume in the 20-20 World Cup with India up against Pakistan at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday (October 24). This will be the sixth time the teams will meet in the global event, with India having an upper hand by managing to win five times. Record though counts for little in the shortest format as any team can win on their given day.
Pakistan are also an unpredictable side and have enough match-winners like Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan, and Shaheen Shah Afridi. The team also has experience of playing in the UAE conditions and knows a thing or two about winning the crunch games. The batting looks solid with the inclusion of Shoaib Malik in the middle order. He is in good form recently and also has a decent record against India.
The only concern for Pakistan would be the form of all-rounder Shadab Khan. He has looked a bit of colour and the management would be keen to see him among the wickets and runs.
Meanwhile, India are coming off from two wins in the warm-up matches against England and Australia. The team tried different combinations at the top, which paid off. The top-order batters were all amongst the runs with KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, and Rohit Sharma scoring half-centuries. Even Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya flexed their muscles and finished the game against Australia by chipping in with useful contributions.
Only skipper Kohli missed out but come the encounter against Pakistan, he would be gunning to get some runs.
Pitch and conditions
The Dubai wicket is comparatively quite flat and mostly remains the same throughout the 40 overs. Chasing has been preferred in recent times.
The climate is expected to be hot and humid with remote chances of rain. The temperature would be 34 degrees Celsius.
Playing Combinations for India and Pakistan
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya/Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Rahul Chahar/Varun Chakravarthy
Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf
Matches- 8, India – 6, Pakistan – 1, Tied- 1
In 20-20 World Cups
Matches- 5, India – 4, Pakistan – 0, Tied – 1 (India won the Super over)
India vs Pakistan Broadcast Details
Match Timings – 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports Network
Live Streaming – Disney+Hotstar