New Delhi: Cricket's most intriguing battle will be witnessed when India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan on Saturday in the Asia Cup T20I at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.
In-form India who are fresh from winning two back to back T20 series against Australia and Sri Lanka, opened their Asia Cup campaign with a victory against Bangladesh.
Shahid Afridi led Pakistan will look to better their record against India in T20 cricket and can surprise the hosts on Saturday. This game is being seen as a curtain raiser ahead of the March 19 clash between the two sides in the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
Pakistan will play their opening match in the coveted tournament. This is the first time the Asia Cup is being played in the shortest format (T20Is).
Although Asia Cup was always played in the 50-over format earlier, the battle between the two sides in this tourney has been equal. Both the teams have won 5-5 ODI games against each other.
Here is a look at the records (T20Is) between the two teams so far.
*India have an overall domination in T20Is across all competitions against Pakistan. India have won 5 games out of six played against their arch-rivals. India's winning run in ICC T20 World Cup is also intact.
*Virat Kohli's has the record for the highest score 78*, in the 2012 T20 World Cup in Colombo against Pakistan.
*Virat Kohli also has the most runs by an individual (150) in T20Is against Pakistan. He has played 4 T20 matches against the neighbours.
*Mohammad Hafeez has the most 50's against India (2) in T20Is. He got them during the bilateral series in India back in 2012.
*Pakistan's Umar Gul has bagged the highest number of wickets (11) against India in T20Is. His best figure is 4/37 at an average of 16.18.
*India beat Pakistan twice in the first edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007 including the finale.