World Twenty20: India vs Pakistan - Likely playing XIs, pitch, form guide, stats, player quote
Pakistan side will be high on confidence after the performance of its top order in the last match.
New Delhi: After losing their opener against New Zealand, MS Dhoni's men will be under immense pressure against their old enemy Pakistan at the Eden Gardens on Saturday.
Shahid Afridi's side got off to a comfortable start, beating Bangladesh by 55 runs.
The Men in Blue have won 10 of their last 12 T20Is and come into this high-profile match as favorites.
However, the Pakistan side will be high on confidence after the performance of its top order in their last match.
The return to form of skipper Afridi is a definite plus for the visitors. The return of Ahmed Shehzad too has helped strengthen Pakistan's top order.
Likely playing XIs
India XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni (capt &wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan XI: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi(capt), Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan
The Indian side won 4 and lost 1 of its last 5 completed matches, while the Pakistanis have won 3 and lost 2.
The pitch is expected to play just like it did in the Afghanistan-Sri Lanka match. The spinners can look forward to some slow turn and grip. Afridi would be the bowler to watch out for in these conditions.
In 10 World Cup matches (50-over and T20), Pakistan have never beaten India.
Ravichandran Ashwin: This rivalry is huge, it’s hard to say how huge it is. It’s probably bigger than the Ashes.