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World T20: Clash of traditional foes India-Pakistan, a cracker of a contest

Mirpur: Cricket connoisseurs on both side of the border could not have asked for a better start than two traditional rivals India and Pakistan sweating it out under the flood lights here today when the
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PTI 22 Mar 2014, 06:11 AM IST
Mirpur: Cricket connoisseurs on both side of the border could not have asked for a better start than two traditional rivals India and Pakistan sweating it out under the flood lights here today when the first game of the main group commences in a few hours.



Its not only the people who glue to their TV sets or sitting in the stand, hold their nerves when these two Asian giants lock horns, even one can hear the pulse rate if he/she happens to pass by the their dressing rooms.

Indian and Pakistan cricket fanatics would come out with their own logics to support their team, it doesn't matter weather their logics hold water or not.

Lets have a look at Team India first.

Battered and bruised in the first quarter of 2014, India will aim to take fresh guard when they take on traditional foes Pakistan here today which no doubt promises to be a cracker of a contest.

Though India has never been beaten by the Pakistan in their last three encounters inWorld T20, but recent loss in the Asia cup must be playing on their minds when maverick Shahid Afridi pulled up a sensational victory leaving India and its supporters aghast.

But mind you the man who turns the match single handedly for India MS Dhoni was not there when impossible happened.

So important is his presence that Afridi has gone on record saying Team India is tough to beat once Dhoni is there.

Apart from Dhoni Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina's presence too make a strong case for India as both flourished with bat in the practice games. Their inclusion also gives Dhoni additional option of using them as bowlers. Their style of slow bowling suits the kind of wickets are here.

So far slow bowlers have dominated the tournament and Dhoni has plenty of them in his armor like ever reliable Ravindra Jadeja , R.Ashwin and of course Amit Mishra if he gets to play this match.

Team India's main strength has been their batting which is considered to be one of the world's best batting line up. The likes of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan at the top followed by the number one ranked ODI batsman Virat Kohli. The batting line up is full of power hitters who can win the match single handedly on their day. The six sixes hit by Yuvraj Singh is still afresh in the minds of the fans. Suresh Raina and Jadeja can change the course of the game  at a will. The final and the most important is the captain himself .
 
While form favours Pakistan even though they were battered by South Africa in a warm-up game  against the Proteas
 
 
 

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