The participation of the Indian players in the second leg of the IPL 2021 in the UAE will keep them in good stead going into the high-intensity encounter. The Men In Blue also registered two clinical victories in the warm-up matches – against England and Australia.
Pakistan, too, aren’t unaware of the UAE conditions having played there for the better part of the last decade. Babar Azam’s team defeated West Indies comfortably in their first warm-up game before losing a last-ball thriller to South Africa, failing to defend their total of 186.
The rivalry between the two Asian giants is incredibly tilted towards India, who have a 7-1 lead in overall T20Is against Pakistan. In T20 World Cups, India have a clear 5-0 record, which the Men In Green would be aiming to break on Sunday.
Pakistan come into the encounter very confident as they have already named their 12-man squad; Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz are set to be benched. Virat Kohli’s side looks covered on all bases, but the management continues to fret over Hardik Pandya’s bowling fitness.
T20 World Cup 2021, Match 16: India vs Pakistan – Toss Report
Pakistan win the toss and elect to field first against India.
T20 World Cup 2021, Match 16: India vs Pakistan – Playing XI Details:
India Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (Wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan Playing XI:
Babar Azam (c) Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan (vc), Imad Wasim, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi and Haris Rauf