DUBAI: Arch rivals India and Pakistan will face off today (Sunday) in a T20 World Cup blockbuster in Dubai.
The Virat Kohli-led side leads 5-0 in T20 World Cup.
However, Kohli will be leading the team for the first time against Pakistan in the global tournament.
There’s no doubt that the contest between the sub-continental giants will attract global interest even beyond the cricket fraternity.
But both teams, with face-offs becoming as rare as a hailstorm in the Emirates, have been trying their best to play down the pressure-cooker scenario associated with the game.
India are 12-0 in world cup cricket history and 5-0 in T20 world cups alone.
India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan counterpart Babar Azam have called it just another game, but that is clearly not the case.
The match will start at 7:00pm (PST).
India last hosted Pakistan in a bilateral series in 2013 and the teams now meet only in global tournaments, the last being the 2019 ODI World Cup in England.
The 17,500 tickets for the game were sold out hours after being put on sale and television channels in both countries are running special shows on the match.
Official broadcaster Star India, which has lined up an impressive array of sponsors for the tournament, acknowledges the commercial significance of Sunday’s match.