Bitter rivals, India and Pakistan would be in loggerheads tonight, when they clash in the opening match of the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. It is considered to be mother of all matches in international cricket. India is placed in a tough group in the competition, which includes Pakistan, Australia, West Indies and Bangladesh , where only top two teams from the group would progress for the knock-out stage.
Both sides have good players,
who can help their team turn victorious. The format of the T20 is
such that, it does not matter how good a player you are, but what
matters is how you play during that span of four hours. These
India-Pakistan matches also involves a lot of pressure.
With players such as Kohli,
Dhoni, Dhawan, Yuvraj in the batting department for India, they look
a solid side and scoring runs should not be a mjor problem for India.
But, it is the bowling line up, which is a major worry. Irrespective
of the format, the Indian bowlers have let the team down on a number
of instances. Bowlers, such as Ashwin, Shami needs to come up with a
brilliant game, if India
is to open their account in the standings
On the other hand, Pakistan
seems to be a well balanced side with batsmen such as Afridi, Umar
Akmal, Hafeez forming an impressive line up. But, it is their bowling
line-up, which has always been a major threat. If their bowlers such
as Gul, Ajmal get their act together, it could be a difficult night
for the Indian batsmen.
Hence, the game would
primarily be contested between India's batsmen and Pakistani bowlers.
Irrespective of who wins the game, it is going to be an entertaining
match for neutral fans, while it is going to be a nervous four hours
for fans on both sides of India-Pakistan border.