India and Pakistan will face each other in the first round of the ICC T20 Men’s World Cup. The arch-rivals last met at the Asia Cup, held in Dubai, two months ago, where the brilliant Shaheens won with five goals. This new Australian phase serves as a base of redemption for the Blues, as long as rainfall doesn’t derail the plan. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has marked a 90% chance of rain in Melbourne, with some parts of the country facing downpours for a third day in a row.
Before the India vs Pakistan T20 match, former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar made a bold prediction, even picking 4 semi-finalists for the tournament. “Yes, we have a very good chance. The team is very well balanced and we have the mix to go out and deliver. In fact, I’m pretty hopeful about our chances and going all the way,” he said walkie talkie, alluding to India’s chances of winning the World Cup. Apart from India, he listed three other teams, whom he is cheering, to finish in the closing stages – Pakistan, Australia and England.
“New Zealand are the dark horses as well as South Africa… These are the conditions South Africans could face at home in September-October. They are used to such conditions,” he said of the bad weather conditions.
IND vs PAK ICC T20 World Cup: what time does the India vs Pakistan T20 match take place?
The T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan is scheduled for Sunday, October 23 from 1:30pm IST, at the Melbourne Cricket Stadium, in Melbourne, Australia. The coin toss will take place half an hour before the game starts, at 1pm IST in India / 6:30pm ACT for Australia.
IND vs PAK ICC T20 World Cup: how to watch live stream
The India vs Pakistan T20 match – along with other upcoming matches in the series – will be streamed on Disney + Hotstar.
You can try watching without registration, but the free account will only let you watch 5 minutes of live cricket content.
One Subscribe to Disney + Hotstar Super – allows you to watch on any device you want – starting at Rs. 899 per year. Disney+ Hotstar Super offers ad-supported content, up to 1080p, and two devices at the same time.
If you only watch on your phone, you should subscribe to Disney + Hotstar Mobile. Priced at Rs. 499 annually, it offers 1080p resolution but is limited to one monitor at a time.
On TV, India vs Pakistan T20 match will be broadcast on Star Sports Network – includes Star Sports 1 and Star Sports Select HD channels.
World Cup squad IND vs PAK T20
Official Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) dropped the expected team for both teams:
India starting XI (at time of writing): Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Axar Patel, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammad Shami.
Babar Azam leads the Pakistani team, with Mohammad Rizwan as the sole keeper. The remaining squad includes Khushdil Shah, Shaan Masood, Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim, Naseem Shah, Usman Qadir, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf.
Who will India face next?
On Thursday, October 27, India will play the Netherlands, at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Australia. The 2nd T20 ODI is scheduled to start at 12:30pm IST.