The India and Pakistan team will clash in the Match 16 of T20 World Cup 2021. They will be up against each other after the 2019 World Cup, where the Indian team secured victory by a huge margin of 89 runs.
The Indian team is coming into this tournament after a fine IPL 2021 season and won both their 2 warmup matches. While the Pakistan team played the domestic T20 tournament, which comprised all their top players. Then they managed to win 1 of the 2 warmup fixtures ahead of this clash. The both squads are the best the selectors can accommodate, and it is set to be an exciting contest.
KL Rahul is in terrific form across all formats of the game. He made runs in England test series, then maintained his consistency in the IPL 2021 Phase 2 as well. His shot selections have disturbed the flow of bowlers, like in the warmups against England. KL Rahul has 1557 T20I runs at an average of 40.
Jasprit Bumrah will be one of the best picks for this match due to his ability to play well under pressure. He has an excellent track record in the T20 format, with abilities ranging to taking wickets in the power play overs or maintaining pressure in the death overs by his nail biting yorkers. He has 59 wickets in T20Is at a fantastic average of 20.25, and an economy of 6.6.
Rizwan has been the most consistent run scorer in the Pakistan Cricket for the past 1 year, whether be it international or domestic cricket. He is proficient in providing a rousing start to his teams in the first 6 overs and can play a long innings to set a stable platform for the middle order. In 48 T20Is, he has 1065 runs at an average of 48.40.
The opener of the Indian team struck lusty blows in the warmup match against Australia and is in fine form. But, his struggle against the left arm pacers in known to many, and it will be interesting to see how he plays Shaheen Afridi. Afridi has ability to swing the ball into the batsman and has a toe crushing yorker as well.
The middle order batsman of Pakistan team, Mohammad Hafeez could not score enough runs in the CPL 2021 against the left arm spin bowlers and has historically been average in the international cricket as well. With an assistance by the pitch, Jadeja can be lethal to run down the Pakistan line up.
The Indian captain has been a victim to many leg spinners, and will have to watch out Shadab Khan, who has been a terrific bowler for the Pakistan team in the T20I cricket.
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