India vs Pakistan, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, 16th Match LIVE Cricket Score 24 Oct 2021
|Dubai International Cricket Stadium|
|Series||ICC Men’s T20 World Cup|
|Match days||24 October 2021 – night (20-over match|
India Vs Pakistan
Injury/Availability Concerns: KL Rahul seemed to have a minor back issue in the warm-up against Australia but it wasn’t serious to warrant concern. He also batted in the chase without any discomfort.
Tactics & Matchups: India will be aware that Fakhar Zaman has history and warm-up form on his side and is the key enforcer at No.3. Ashwin could therefore be a likely tactical counter for him. That’ll also keep Varun Chakravarthy’s mystery for later in the tournament. With Hardik Pandya still not bowling, Kohli is likely to field all three of his fast bowlers especially with dew likely to be a factor.
Probable XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin/Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Injury/Availability Concerns: Pakistan have reported a clean bill of health but they pruned their squad down to 12 for this fixture. Sarfaraz Ahmed, Mohammad Wasim and Mohammad Nawaz will sit this fixture out for sure.
Tactics & Matchups: Not that there was any danger that he wouldn’t get it, but Virat Kohli will be in the spotlight. The highest run-getter of the last two T20 World Cups will be tested on his flagging middle-overs play (SR: 108.1 in overs 7-15 in IPL 2021) by Pakistan, who are likely to throw both Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan against the Indian captain.
Probable XI: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik/Haider Ali, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi
What they said:
“It is about staying relaxed, we are in constant touch with all the players. It is about playing well on the day. We have played a lot of cricket here, we know the conditions and we know how to go about it.” –Babar Azam on what it takes to play an India-Pakistan game.
“I believe the quality of pitches is definitely going to be far better in this T20 World Cup. Also it being an ICC tournament, we know that the standard of pitches has to be maintained to a certain degree, which is consistent across all venues and I understand that to protect the pitches for a tournament like the World Cup, there had to be some kind of compromise in terms of the playing conditions when we played the IPL” – Virat Kohli expects the Dubai pitch to play close to how it did in the IPL 2021 final.