India will take on arch rival Pakistan at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Saturday in the ongoing T20 World Cup competition.
India must win this match to keep their hopes to win the World Cup alive.
Pakistan, having won their first match, have the psychological advantage.
However, both teams will be aware of the following stats:
- Pakistan have never beaten India in any World Cup events (both 50 overs and Twenty20 formats). India and Pakistan played 10 times in World Cup events in both Twenty20 and 50-over formats with India winning all
- The last time Pakistan played a T20 international in India in 2012, Yuvraj had slammed 72 off 36 balls.
- Afridi is in short of just two wickets beat Lasith Malinga as the overall leading wicket-taker in the World T20.
- India have won four of their last five matches. Only match they’ve lost was against New Zealand in the current competition
- Pakistan have won three of their last five matches, but have won their last two matches in a row.
Who’s saying what:
Pakistan legend Imran Khan: Only an astrologer can predict the outcome of a Twenty20 match. Pakistan must not worry about losing the game. Instead, they should focus on what can happen if they win. Shahid Afridi has asked me to visit the Pakistani dressing room to lift their morale. I plan to do it today.
PCB chief Shaharyar Khan: Kolkata is my favourite city. It’s my second home. The developments leading up to this match were unfortunate. But all’s well that ends well. On cricket, it’s always Indian government that hesitates. I always welcome Imran Khan’s interaction with the team. I don’t treat him as a politician. He’s most welcome. India is number 1 in the world, we are number 7. Our bowling is good.
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Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar : If a team scores 180-200, then this game will be a cracker and the pressure will be on India. T20 is a game of skills. Shots like reverse sweep and Dilscoop need expertise.
Former Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar: My dear friend Saurav Ganguly, who’s now the president of the CAB has invited me. So, I will be there. India will be thinking ‘we can beat them again.’ Pakistan, other hand will be thinking ‘Not again.’
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