IND vs PAK Live match updates ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Pakistan announce 12-man squad vs India

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Image Source : GETTY IMAGES Virat Kohli-led India will take on Pakistan in their first Super 12 match in the T20 World Cup on Sunday. (File photo).

India will take on Pakistan in their first T20 World Cup assignment in Group 2 of Super 12 in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. As the cricketing world waits in bated breath for the mother of all battles to commence, we take a look at how former and present cricketers are gearing up to witness the biggest clash of the T20 World Cup.

3:03 PM: Read full match preview of India vs Pakistan

The most sought-after megastars of the current generation are primed to show their might against a bunch of enigmatic cricketers as India and Pakistan engage in an ICC T20 World Cup face-off, something that transcends the 22-yard strip.

The sensitive nature of the cross-border relationship between the neighbours has led to minimal sporting engagements and cricket has always become the vehicle of one-upmanship for the fans on both sides.

2:17 PM: Pakistan announce their 12-man squad a day ahead of the match. Let’s take a look: 

Pakistan (Playing XI): Babar Azam (captain), Mohammed Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Harris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haider Ali.

2:10 PM: MS Dhoni fan Bashir Chacha from Pakistan spotted at Dubai stadium with a jersey “WELCOME BACK DHONI“. The famed Pak cricket fan stopped watching India-Pakistan matches from the stadium after Dhoni retired from international cricket last year. 

When Harbhajan and Shoaib Akhtar were involved in friendly banter hours ahead of the big day.

Amid all the razzmatazz building around the big clash, former India Test opener Aakash Chopra suggested not to forget the other matches today.

READ: Cursory look at India vs Pakistan WC matches in cricketing history

India will open their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against the arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24, Sunday. Regarded as one of the fiercest sports rivalries in the world, the two cricketing nations will square off in the marquee series at the Dubai International Stadium, UAE. Ahead of the iconic clash this weekend, let’s have a look at India-Pakistan cricket competitiveness over the years in the prestigious world cup campaigns. 

 
History is a witness to substantiate that India are favourites against the neighbouring country heading into the upcoming clash on Sunday. Stating India as ‘winners’ against the ‘men in green’ in the World Cup campaigns would be an understatement as the blue brigade have ‘conquered’ over Pakistan in all world cup matches across all formats, leaving the latter with zero wins.
 
Till now, the two counties have squared off in seven ODI World Cup matches, all of which have been won by India. Let’s relive India’s scintillating journey against Pakistan in the 50-over World Cup ahead of the upcoming prestigious T20 clash on Sunday. 
 
India’s winning streak in the ODI World Cup started back then in 1992 in Sydney, where India attracted a convincing 43-run win courtesy of India’s remarkable bowling. After putting 216 runs on the board, India gave Pakistan a tough chase and kept scalping regular wickets. Manoj Prabhakar and Kapil Dev did the trick with the ball, both of whom claimed two wickets each with an economy of less than three. The waves turned in India’s favour when Srinath knocked over Miandad with a splendid yorker. With the bat, the master blaster, who was just 18-years then, smashed a half century and was adjudged as the player of the match. 

READ: T20 World Cup 2021: A look at India vs Pakistan quick stats in T20Is

The T20 World Cup 2021 has kicked off and one of the mouth-watering contests between India-Pakistan is round the corner. Virat Kohli led India and Babar Azam guided Pakistan will cross swords at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24, Sunday. As the two teams gear up for the shortest format of the game scheduled to be played this weekend as a part of the T20 World Cup 2021, we look at the quick stats to rekindle the buzz ahead of the India-Pakistan contest. 

India vs Pakistan T20I statistics 

Head to head 

Total matches 8

India won 6

Pakistan won 1

Tied 1

 

 

Most runs/ Top run-getters 

India

Player name           Innings/ Runs

Virat Kohli                  6/ 254

Yuvraj Singh              8/ 155

Gautam Gambhir       5/ 139

 

Pakistan

Player name          Innings/ Runs

Shoaib Malik              8/164

Umar Akmal               6/ 103

 

Virat Kohli and co. will take on Babar Azam led Pakistan in the iconic T20 clash at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24, Sunday. While India would aim to continue their unidirectional winning spree against Pakistan, the green brigade, on the other hand, would aim to turn their fortunes in the upcoming clash. 

Surprisingly, the matches of these two heavyweights have been quite one-sided in India’s favour, especially when it comes to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The two sides have squared off a total of five times, where matches have been utterly ruled the blue brigade. India have clinched victory in four matches and the remaining match had concluded in a tie. With zero wins against India in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup so far, Babar Azam and co. would run errands to register their maiden win in this tournament when they lock horns against India this weekend. 

Ahead of the much-awaited India vs Pakistan contest on Sunday, let us journey as to how the two teams have fared out in their clashes so far in the history of the tournament. 

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