This preview focuses on one of the iconic rivalries in world cricket, as India take on Pakistan in the match 16 of the T20 World Cup 2021. India will be looking to extend a wonderful record against Pakistan in T20 matches when this game starts at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on October 24, 2021.
India vs Pakistan – Match Preview
The matches against India and Pakistan are quite rare. This meeting will be the first time the two rivals come up against each other since 2019. India were able to get the better of Pakistan back then in a 50 over game. Due to the tight nature of the group, there will be a lot of significance riding on this match.
India vs Pakistan – Predicted Playing XIs
Virat Kohli will be in charge of the T20 team as a captain for the last time. This should provide a lot of motivation for the team to do well. The performances by India in the warmup matches will be a source of confidence. For a long period, the middle order did not appear to be convincing in terms of form, but the strength of the batting order has changed quite a lot in the last few months.
Following a sizable improvement in the T20 match records since the last World Cup, Pakistan will be in a buoyant mood ahead of this tournament. There is a lot of unpredictability about Pakistan which can be quite hard to manage. Amidst the chaos, there are growing opportunities for Pakistan if performances in the warmup matches are a benchmark.
Let us take a look at the odds for the match:
India vs Pakistan Head to head
- Matches Played: 8
- India Won: 6
- Pakistan Won: 1
- Tie/NR: 1
The India vs Pakistan head to head record shows an overwhelming dominance in favour of India, who have been able to get victories from majority of the meetings. One record also favours India quite heavily and this would be Pakistan’s inability to get past India in a World Cup meeting.
India vs Pakistan Match Prediction & Betting Tips
India have had a minor set of problematic areas, but they should be long gone by the time this concludes. Pakistan might have shown decent improvement in the warmup matches, but there is plenty of quality difference between the two teams. India have a well sorted lineup in the batting and bowling segments.
Even though the headlines would go to Virat Kohli, KL Rahul is the batsmen with better form coming into the game. Even towards the end of the IPL matches, KL Rahul continued to be a consistent performer that earned him a lot of accolades. The 29-year-old has been able to get over 25 runs in each of his last five matches.
There is no doubt that Jasprit Bumrah is one of the fine bowlers available to India at this tournament. He has been able to get at least a wicket in each of his last 10 games. Crucially, he has secured over 1.5 wickets in eight out of the last 10. Therefore, he is a good pick in the India vs Pakistan match prediction.
These are the odds given by bookmakers at the time of writing this article. The odds are subject to change and it is recommended to check with the bookmaker for the latest prices.