Match Preview

India will face Pakistan in Match 16 of ICC T20 World Cup 2021 on 24 October at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In the T20 World Cup, India has won all five of their matches against Pakistan, and they will be trying to keep their unbeaten trend going in this tournament. They’ll be brimming with confidence after beating England and Australia in warm-up matches. Pakistan, on the other side, has had a bad run in the World Cups against India. On paper, they appear to be a formidable unit this time and Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, the opening duo, will be crucial for them. Pakistan is also experienced with the conditions in UAE and would be hoping to surprise India in this encounter.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the bowling side and chasing would be easier.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 31 – 32° C


Total matches                                  51

Matches won batting first               23

Matches won bowling first             28

Average 1st Inns scores               140

Average 2nd Inns scores              128

Highest total recorded                   225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                    87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                    166/4 (19 Ov) by NAM vs NED

Lowest score defended                  129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Mohammad Rizwan – Due to his offensive stroke play and wicket-keeping skills, Rizwan became a fixture of Pakistan’s limited-overs side, bringing significant balance to the squad’s composition.

Matches – 155

Runs – 3491

Average – 37.94

2) Rishabh Pant – The left-handed batsman is a dynamic player from his squad. His excellent skills as a wicketkeeper are something that his team can benefit from.

Matches – 132

Runs – 3539

Average – 32.76

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Rohit Sharma – He has improved his game by being more technically sound, having a better awareness of his off-stump, a more compact approach, and a higher level of patience. His repertoire of hard-hitting shots in his arsenal will be vastly useful for his team.

Matches – 356

Runs – 9446

Average – 31.91

2) Virat Kohli – When the circumstances call for it, he is known to be highly lethal with his agile footwork against the spinners. He is known as an aggressive batter who is always looking for runs, and he possesses a reasonably decent technique that allows him to judge the length of the ball earlier than most batsmen.

Matches – 319

Runs – 10136

Average – 41.20

3) Babar Azam – He is a top-order batter with fluid batting ability and has shown flashes of remarkable stroke-making skill. He is capable to lead his team to victory in this tournament.

Matches – 196

Runs – 7055

Average – 46.11

4) Lokesh Rahul – He is a dependable player, and his unwavering determination, compact, airtight technique, and persistent attention in the crease are all reasons to select him for the team.

Matches – 165

Runs – 5468

Average – 43.39

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Jasprit Bumrah – Bumrah is a right-arm fast bowler with an unusual sling-arm movement and natural pace, and his deliveries have a distinctive release point that makes it difficult for batsmen to pick him out.

Matches – 186

Wickets – 230

Economy – 7.06

2) Mohammad Shami – In his career, the right-arm fast bowler has provided regular yet lethal spells as India’s leading pacer. He’s also had a surprising amount of success with his batting.

Matches – 112

Wickets – 130

Economy – 8.30

3) Shaheen Afridi – There is no disputing Shaheen Afridi’s frighteningly limitless potential. Afridi, like his famous namesake, is blessed with a tall gangly frame and the ability to bowl really fast. He can also strike the ball hard with his good batting skills.

Matches – 96

Wickets – 130

Economy – 7.83

4) Haris Rauf – He is fiery with his T20 skills and has bowled phenomenal spells in the warm-up matches. He is full of great potential and is in excellent form to play this match.

Matches – 85

Wickets – 115

Economy – 8.44

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) Ravindra Jadeja – The slow left-arm orthodox spinner and the left-handed batsman has good control over his deliveries and his spell has a lot of subtle variants. He is a wise pick for the upcoming match.

Matches – 268

Runs – 2813

Average – 25.11

Wickets – 177

Economy – 7.61

2) Mohammad Hafeez – His lean spells on the front foot combined with a high elbow gives route to a peaceful cover drive. When Hafeez is at work, a tuck or a clip off the pads looks just as good. As do the flat darts, which are difficult to score in the limited-overs. He stands at the point to intervene in the fiery cut shots to round up his repertoire.

Matches – 339

Runs – 7314

Average – 26.02

Wickets -190

Economy – 6.39

Predicted Playing 11


Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy


Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali/Haider Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf


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