India will look to make it two wins in a row when they take on Pakistan in the 2016 Asia Cup. You can get the latest India v Pakistan betting tips for this 2016 Asia Cup encounter below.
For India it will be their second game of the qualifying phase, having beaten the hosts Bangladesh in the opening game of the tournament. Pakistan will be making their 2016 tournament bow.
Matches between the two nations are inevitably about so much more than a sporting contest, with national pride at stake between the fiercest of neighbours.
While India has a settled side, that has been running into form in recent weeks, apart from a blip in Pune against Sri Lanka, when they were beaten on a seam friendly pitch, Pakistan appears to be a side in disarray, having suffered a 0-3 loss in the T20 format in the UAE, at the end of England’s tour there.
However, most of the Pakistan players have been playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), which was held in the UAE, which will have given them match practice in conditions that will be similar to those that they will encounter during the Asia Cup, and the forthcoming World T20 Tournament in India in March.
The Pakistan selectors were forced into late changes to the squad that they would have liked to have taken to Bangladesh.
Babar Azam fractured his arm during a practice session at the PSL, and his place has been taken by Sharjeel Khan who finished amongst the leading run scorers in the tournament.
Rumman Raees has a Grade One hamstring injury, and has been replaced by fast bowler Mohammad Sami, who after three years in the international wilderness, return to play against Zimbabwe in a “home” series in May 2015.
The two countries have met in six previous T20Is, with India winning on four occasions, with the first ever contest, in Durban in 2007 ending in a tie. Pakistan’s only win came in 2012 in Bangalore, when they won by five wickets.
India v Pakistan T20Is head to head:
The two teams have played each other six times with India having won five (including a tied game that they needed a tie-breaker for) while Pakistan’s only win came in Bangalore in 2012 in a bilateral series.
India v Pakistan betting tips for this Asia Cup 2016 game:
India to win
The India v Pakistan T20I in the 2016 Asia Cup will be played on February 27. It begins at 7.30 pm local time (7 pm India time & 1.30 pm GMT).