The extra bounce is also expected to make life difficult for the side batting first. (Twitter/BCCI)
India vs Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup: The temperature is rising as India’s ICC T20 World Cup 2021 opener against arch-rivals Pakistan draws near. Crowds have already started to gather at the Dubai Cricket Stadium, which now resembles a party atmosphere as both sets of fans make their presence felt. With politics limiting bilateral meetings to ICC tournaments, the match represents a rare opportunity for fans of the two neighbours, who have more in common than anyone might care to admit, to root for their respective teams in the blockbuster match. India vs Pakistan has been a trend in both countries since the morning as the fans, pundits, and cricket lovers engaged in banter.
While some memes alluding to the bloody history between the two nations did make their way onto social media, the mood has been one of anticipation as Babar Azam & Co take on the Men in Blue. India 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 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..
Here are the latest updates as India and Pakistan prepare for what promises to be an electrifying encounter: