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The beauty of this tournament is that we won’t have to wait too long between games to be treated to world class talent.

Even better is that traditional arch-rivals India and Pakistan will do battle in the first game of day three of the World T20.

Will India continue their dominance over Pakistan in T20I cricket?

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India captain Harmanpreet Kaur treated the cricketing world to an incredible 103 off 51 balls, against New Zealand, which was the first ever century for India in T20I cricket. That she was battling stomach cramps and back pain during the innings speaks testament of her commitment and mindset, hellbent on leading India to a successful tournament. After beating world number two New Zealand comfortably, India come up against a side looking to get their first win of the tournament.

Pakistan showed some encouraging signs against Australia, but ultimately, lack of power hitting hurt them. Australia were set to get closer to 200 at one point, but Pakistan’s fighting effort with the ball and in the field was encouraging, and is something they must take into the game against India. In a very difficult group, and with Australia taking on Ireland later in the day, it is safe to say that this is already must-win territory for Pakistan.

Key to an India win

It was a shaky start for India against New Zealand, but it wasn’t only Harmanpreet Kaur who impressed. The 18-year old dynamo Jemimah Rodrigues continued her fantastic start to her T20I career, giving the innings important momentum along with her magnificent captain. India will want more of the same of these two, as well as the likes of Smiriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj, who India will be inclined to put back at the top of the order.
Also, despite a fast start by New Zealand, India never panicked with the ball. The wickets were shared among four bowlers, which is an encouraging sign, with spinners Dayalan Hemathala and Poonam Yadav picking up three each. Can India display the same bowling partnerships that served them well against a strong New Zealand line up?

Key to a Pakistan win

Pakistan lost three wickets in the powerplay vs Australia, and were out of the game at 78/7 by the 14th over. Pakistan’s power hitting remains their Achilles heel, but their ability to rotate strike effectively against India’s well-drilled bowling will be key. Umaima Sohail and Bismah Mahroof briefly resisted with 20s against Australia, but no other top seven batswoman reached double figures. Against India, two players in the top six need to get 30+ scores, with support from another couple.
Migraine StopAlso, with the ball, can Pakistan dismiss Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues cheaply? Of course, India possess talent across the board, but those two will be of particular interest given their superb form. If Pakistan can take their chances a little better than they did against Australia, whilst displaying the same effort and commitment, they will give themselves every chance of restricting India.

Possible teams

India: 1. Mithali Raj, 2. Smriti Mandhana, 3. Jemimah Rodrigues, 4. Dayalan Hemalatha, 5. Harmanpreet Kaur (c), 6. Taniya Bhatia (wk), 7. Veda Krishnamurthy, 8. Radha Yadav, 9. Deepti Sharma, 10. Arundhati Reddy, 11. Poonam Yadav

Pakistan: 1. Ayesha Zafar, 2. Nahida Khan, 3. Umaima Sohail, 4. Bismah Mahroof, 5. Janveria Khan (c), 6. Nida Dar, 7. Sidra Nawaz (wk), 8. Aliya Riaz, 9. Sana Mir, 10. Nashra Sandhu, 11. Anam Amin

Stats and Facts

  • India and Pakistan have met 10 times, with India winning eight.
  • Harmanpreet Kaur hit five off her first 13 balls against New Zealand, before storming to 103 off 51 balls.

Prediction

The traditional arch-rivals go at it in the World T20, and it should be a clash filled with passion and commitment.
I believe India will win due to their class and experience, but I’m hoping for a competitive clash.
Thanks for reading!

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Charbel Coorey
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Charbel is the owner & founder of cricblog.net, based in Sydney, Australia. He started the website to fulfill his love for the game of cricket. Charbel has been featured on other publications including OP India, Times of India, and The Roar, among others. He is also a keen fantasy sports player. Charbel has also had the privilege of interviewing cricketers on the CricBlog TV YouTube channel, including James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Andrew Tye, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Saurabh Netravalkar: https://www.youtube.com/@cricblogtv For any story tips or questions, you can contact Charbel at charbelcoorey@cricblog.net.

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