The extra bounce is also expected to make life difficult for the side batting first. (Twitter/BCCI)
India vs Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup: India kick off their ICC T20 World Cup 2021 campaign today with a mouth-watering clash against arch-rivals Pakistan. The political upheaval between the countries has largely limited bilateral meetings to ICC tournaments over the past decade. The Men in Blue boast an enviable 5-0 record, including that famous bowl-off victory in the first-ever edition, against their neighbours in T20 World Cups.
Virat Kohli & Co come into the encounter with two comprehensive victories in their warm-up matches against Australia and England. India will have an added advantage with all squad members playing in the just-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), in which Dubai — the venue for today’s match — was a key venue.
Pakistan, on the other hand, cruised to victory over the West Indies before falling to a defeat to South Africa in their two warm-up matches. Pakistan were also robbed off significant match practice after England and New Zealand pulled out of their respective tours.
Here are the latest updates as India and Pakistan prepare for what promises to be an electrifying encounter: