India vs Pakistan, ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Image Credits: ICC

India vs Pakistan: Match Preview – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match 16. India and Pakistan will battle against each other in their opening encounter of ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The match will take place at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24. Both the teams are part of group 1 in the tournament.

The Men in Blue and the Men in Green have collided against each other 8 times in T20Is. The Men in Blue have won 7 times while Pakistan bagged victory in 1 match. Both the teams have faced each other 5 times in T20 World Cups and the Men in Blue defeated Pakistan every time.

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KL Rahul looked immaculate on the night. (Image: Twitter)

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The IND vs PAK clash will be part of the super 12 round and the 16th match in the T20 World Cup 2021. Both the teams have also played two warm-up games before in the tournament. The Men in Blue won both of their warm-up matches against England and Australia. Pakistan won the warm-up game against West Indies but lost to South Africa.

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India vs Pakistan. Image Credits: Twitter

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India vs Pakistan: Match Preview – ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Match 16


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India are part of group 2 in ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The Men in Blue have teams like Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Namibia, and Scotland in their pool. During the warm-up games, the Men in Blue defeated England and Australia.

England posted 188-5 against India batting first. Later, the Men in Blue managed to reach the target with 7 wickets in hand. In the 2nd warm-up game, Australia batted first and scored 152-5. However, the Men in Blue chased the target with ease and won the match by 9 wickets.

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India Squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami


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T20 World Cup 2021. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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Pakistan are also part of group 2 in the tournament. India, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia are also part of the group. Pakistan won a warm-up game against West Indies and lost the other to South Africa in T20 World Cup 2021.

Pakistan restricted West Indies to 130-7 in the first innings. With a half-century by Babar Azam and an unbeaten 46 by Fakhar Zaman, the team won the match by 7 wickets. Against South Africa, Pakistan posted a mammoth target of 187 for the opposition. However, South Africa won the match by 6 wickets with Rassie van der Dussen’s unbeaten ton (101*).

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South Africa (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik.