Pakistan kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals India at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander’s men are hoping to rewrite history when they face the Indians this weekend. Pakistan have never won a game of cricket in a World Cup against their fierce rivals, which is a terrible record.
India will go into the game on Sunday as the favourites yet again, but fans of the men in green will be hoping to see their side end their dismal run.
India’s starting eleven is a predictable one, but how will Pakistan line up? Here’s what we think.
T20 World Cup: Pakistan predicted playing XI vs India
A winning start to a World Cup campaign is what every team in the tournament will be looking for, but the game on Sunday will mean a bit more for both Pakistan and India.
Hayden and co will have to get their team right to have any chance of getting the better of their next-door neighbours. Here’s how we think they’ll line up in Dubai on Sunday.
Pakistan predicted playing XI vs India: Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Sarfaraz Ahmed. Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali.
Pakistan’s terrible World Cup record against India
Almost every neutral fan in the world expects India to win the game on Sunday. History shows why.
The men in blue have a 7-0 record against Pakistan in 50-over World Cups and a 5-0 record in the T20 version of the competition. (India Today) Team India will have no fear heading into the game this weekend, which makes things more difficult for their arch-rivals.
It will be interesting to see if Pakistan can finally break their duck against the Indians. History definitely says no, but Hayden and Philander will have a plan up their sleeves to help change their fortunes.