IND vs PAK, T20 World Cup 2021: Settled India Await Pakistan In Super-12

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Virat Kohli's India look super confident ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai.
The Indian cricket team ticked a lot of boxes in its two wins in as many warm-up games ahead of the Super-12 stage of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021. (More Cricket News)

With sufficient game-time for most of the players, the Virat Kohli-led side looks settled in the lead up to its clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on October 24.

Pakistan had mixed returns from their two warm-up games. They defeated West Indies in the first match but lost to South Africa in the next. The team is brimming with experience but will have to show nerves of steel against a confident Indian cricket team.

With the top three batsmen — Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Kohli — already confirmed by the skipper, it appears the think tank has zeroed on the middle order with Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya getting time in the middle in both the warm-up games against England and Australia, respectively.

"Things were different before IPL, now it's difficult to look beyond KL Rahul at the top of the order. Rohit is a no-brainer. World-class player, he's been solid upfront. I will be batting at three. That's the only news I can give to start off," Virat Kohli said during the first warm-up game against England. (IND v ENG HIGHLGHTS)

Although there are apprehensions about Pandya's bowling, the all-rounder reaffirmed being the designated finisher. Rohit Sharma (60), who replaced Ishan Kishan as opener in the second match against Australia, showed sublime touch alongside Rahul before retiring out and giving an opportunity to Yadav and Pandya to have a hit.

Rohit scored a rollicking fifty before leaving the ground. And KL Rahul, who made a stroke-filled 51 against England, reprised his attacking role which saw him smashing three maximums in his 31-ball 39 runs.…
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