As the arch rivals, India and Pakistan is gearing up for their epic clash on Saturday for the ongoing Asia cup T20 title, the twilight will be ruled by televisions on every nook and corners across the nation. The Indo-Pak clash is termed as one of the world’s greatest sporting rivalry, holding similar wavelengths like the Barcelona vs. Real Madrid el clasico or the England vs. Australia Ashes clash.
But for us, it is way more than that. In the backdrop of numerous external factors which has diminished the possibilities of any bilateral tours between these neighbourhood Asian countries, matches like today’s are weighed more by both the nations. Both India and Pakistan would want nothing shorter than an emphatic victory.
The recipes of an Indo-Pak match are unique in the cricket history and are always a treat to watch. While India is steaming up in an envying form, backed by the hit man Rohit Sharma and the consistent Virat Kohli, Pakistan’s fearlessness is capable of ruining the day of any oppositions. As always, an India vs Pakistan cricket match holds a lot to watch out for and the new episode today in Mirpur will be no less than an epic battle.
While the men in blue have the newest and fearless addition Hardik Pandya, Pakistan has the all time favourites of the cricket history the unpredictable ‘boom boom’ Shahid Afridi to muscle up. While the most consistent Virat Kohli makes India way above in the batting, the consistent left arm pacer Wahab Riaz can turn the status quo at any time in favour of Pakistan.
Having the destructive Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik will always keep Pakistan’s chances on high, but parallel to that, India has its magician spinner R Ashwin who is hard to beat on any grounds. The 36-year old Ashish Nehra, who made the headlines by his comeback to the Indian cricket team will also be crucial to look forward today, besides Pakistan’s 35-year old opener Mohammed Hafiz.
Altogether, the stage is well spiced up for the fans to go gaga on Saturday night. Will the cities and boulevards erupt with cheers when MS Dhoni gains the last smile or will the fearless Pakistan overthrow India with a stunning win? Wait and watch.