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What’s on the cards—India to continue T20 World Cup dominance or Pakistan to do a ‘Dubai’ in New York?

What’s on the cards—India to continue T20 World Cup dominance or Pakistan to do a ‘Dubai’ in New York?

Let alone the India vs Pakistan rivalry, these two nemesis have put up some of the most iconic games in T20 cricket history. Will we see another history making affair?

The air crackles with anticipation in New York. 34,000 seats in the Nassau County stadium won’t just be filled, they’ll throbbing. Tonight’s (June 9) not just another T20 World Cup match; it’s an India-Pakistan clash, a guaranteed heart-stopper that transcends the sport itself.

T20 World Cup 2024: IND vs PAK record

YearDateResult
200714 SeptemberTied
200724 SeptemberIndia won by 5 runs
201230 SeptemberIndia won by 8 wickets
201421 MarchIndia won by 7 wickets
201619 MarchIndia won by 6 wickets
202124 OctoberPakistan won by 10 wickets
202223 OctoberIndia won by 4 wickets

India’s domination all over!

India currently holds a dominant head-to-head record against Pakistan in World Cups, with a score of 6-1 across T20 World Cups. This includes a thrilling tie-breaker victory in the 2007 edition’s group stage. They next scripted history by becoming the inaugural T20 champions when a misplaced Misbah-ul-Haq scoop handed in Sreesanth’s hand. After no clashes in 2009 and 2010, India always came out on top in next three editions.

However, Pakistan secured a convincing 10-wicket win in the 2021 T20 World Cup, a stark reminder that past performance doesn’t guarantee future results. The last time these two teams faced each other was at a power-packed Melbourne Stadium, where Virat Kohli’s masterful display took India to the win from the jaws of defeat.

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Current Form: Advantage India over Pakistan?

While historical bragging rights hold weight, current form paints a similar picture as well. India started the tournament strong, crushing Ireland by eight wickets. Pakistan, on the other hand, suffered a shocking Super Over defeat to USA. This contrasting form suggests India might have the upper hand. The Nassau County pitch, however, will be under huge scanner. With its tricky nature, offering lateral movement and uneven bounce, things could favor the Pakistani bowling attack. This even the odds despite India’s recent dominance.

A Night of Big Batting and Fierce Bowling?

With a capacity crowd roaring in the stands, expect a high-octane match. India boasts a strong batting lineup with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant in prime form. Pakistan counters with their explosive opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Both bowling attacks are, needless to say, are exceptional, with Jasprit Bumrah leading India’s pace attack and Shaheen Afridi spearheading Pakistan’s bowling charge. The likes of Arshdeep Singh and Naseem Shah would be handful on the New York pitch as well.

Will it be 7-1 or 6-2?

While India enjoys a historical advantage and recent form, Pakistan’s bowling prowess and potential for an upset shouldn’t be underestimated. Following their humbling defeat to USA, they will have a point to prove and give something back to their fans. The pitch conditions add another layer of uncertainty. The odds are highly stacked in India’s favor, making them a strong contender to continue dominate this rivalry. However, if given a slight chance, the Babar Azam-led side would rear to break the Indian hearts.

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