India will open their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The two teams will clash in the Super 12 stages of Group 2, their first high-octane clash after a five-year hiatus.
The subcontinental rivals have engaged in some intense edge-of-the-seat thrillers and intense finishes over the course of years in the shortest format of the game.
India boast of a flawless 4-0 record over Pakistan at the T20 World Cups in five meetings, with the last victory coming in the 2016 edition where India won by six wickets at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. One match was tied which was later decided by a bowl out in India’s favour in 2007.
The T20 World Cup rivalry between the two nations dates back to 2007 when a young Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India defeated Pakistan by 5 runs in the inaugural edition.
In the lead-up to their opening match, India won both their matches against England and Australia, respectively, while Pakistan defeated West Indies but lost out to South Africa in a last-ball finish in their respective warm-up schedules.
India will be led by the modern great Virat Kohli who is on his last captaincy assignment with the national team, while Pakistan will be helmed by the sensational Babar Azam.
India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup squads
India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Shardul Thakur, Varun Chakaravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami
Pakistan T20I squad: Babar Azam (captain), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Mohammad Rizwan (wicket-keeper), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi
Where to watch India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup live in India?
The India vs Pakistan Super 12 Group 2 match will be telecast live from 7:30 PM IST on Star Sports 1/1 HD, Star Sports 1 Hindi/1 HD Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada and Star Sports 1 Bangla TV channels in India.
Fans can also watch India vs Pakistan Super 12 Group 2 match in regional channels like Star Gold SD+HD (Hindi), Star Maa Gold (Telugu), Star Suvarna Plus (Kannada), Jalsha Movies SD (Bengali) and Asianet Plus SD (Malayalam).
Live streaming of the India vs Pakistan Super 12 Group 2 match will be available on the Disney+ Hotstar app and website.
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