What a T20 world cup this has turned out to be! Group 2 teams are playing on venues with bowler friendly wickets. While the Group 1 teams are enjoying batting friendly wickets. We just witnessed Gayle storm against England couple of days ago. And now we saw the same England team chased 230 against South Africa! Wow! And New Zealand nails another win beating the mighty Australian team! Tough times for India now as they have to win the match against Pakistan to strengthen their claim to stay alive in this tournament. And whatever the situation be, India vs Pakistan will always attract maximum eye-balls. India faces Pakistan in the Group 1 encounter today at Kolkata. Watch India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup 2016 match live streaming and scores on HotStar. Enjoy live telecast on Star Sports HD and Doordarshan TV channels.
Here is a beautiful sand art by one of the cricket fans!
My Sand art on #IndvsPak @ICC #WT20 match with message "Good luck" at #PuriBeach in Odisha ,india. #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/ZOFmgLeNZe— sudarsan pattnaik (@sudarsansand) March 18, 2016
India must be fearing an early elimination from the T20 World Cup 2016. Currently they are placed at number 1 in the ICC T20 rankings and they are also the favourites to win the trophy according to the current form. The big loss against New Zealand has put a lot of pressure on the Indian team.
Pakistan faced Bangladesh in their opening match and they registered a big win. So their confidence would be high at this moment. They have never managed to beat India in an ICC event. So they would be all geared up to take on the under-pressure Indian team at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Pakistan skipper Afridi led by example in the last match. He scored 49 runs from 19 balls and also clinched 2 wickets. He was declared Man of the Match. The team would expect similar performance from him again.
India has a slight edge over Pakistan in terms of strong batting line up and spin department. While Pakistan's quickies department looks slightly better. One point to be noted, Pakistan has never lost to India in ODI matches at the Eden Gardens.
While numbers, current form, head to head stats and home conditions favour India, an early loss against New Zealand and the pressure to stay alive in the tournament may help Pakistan capitalise on the situation.