ICC T20 Worldcup is getting under groove and will host biggest rivalry in cricket history, India vs Pakistan; in this article we have merged preview, updates and predictions:
One of the biggest rivalries not just in cricket but in any sports, India vs. Pakistan is what we wait for in the ICC cricket events. Today, 24 October we will be witnessing another blockbuster match between both the teams at the ICC T20 Worldcup 2021. For now it’s not about who is going to become the title winner it’s just about who is winning this match.
Currently India is the favorites in both conditions, as India has record of 5-0 wins against Pakistan in ICC T20 Worldcup fixers while India has potential team this year to win the Worldcup as well. Pakistan on the other hand has young team filled with fresh talents and will definitely look forward to break the record and win their first match of the campaign.
Talking about injuries India’s game card KL Rahul, the opener is having small back injury, came to highlight in the warm up match against Australia. The good news is he can still play the game. On the other hand Pakistan have reported clean account of health.
Pitch report: Captain opting to chase after winning the toss. Dew is likely to be another major contributor to this decision. Despite the IPL final being won by the team batting first (CSK), victory in 9 of the 13 games in IPL 2021 was achieved by the chasing team. Virat Kohli indicated that barring Sharjah, the pitches at Dubai and Abu Dhabi would play better than they did at the IPL. Just for the record, the average first innings score at the IPL was 156 at this venue.
Predicted Playing XI:
India– Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin/Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan– Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik/Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi