India vs Pakistan: Key Battles Which Can Decide the Outcome of the Match

24 Oct 2021

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The most-awaited clash of the year is here! Former T20 World Cup champions and arch-rivals Pakistan and India take centerstage in this year's edition of the Men's T20 World Cup! Both India and Pakistan head into this tournament with a balanced roster and are perhaps the favourites to go through to the knockout phase.

While India will bank on their superior batting talents such as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, Pakistan's fearsome trio of Shaheen Afridi, Hasan Ali and Haris Rauf is bound to have a say in the tournament. But there's more to this game than just India's batting and Pakistan's bowling on paper. Without further ado, here are three key battles which could ultimately decide the outcome of this exciting Super 12 clash!

#1 KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma vs Shaheen Afridi and Hasan Ali

The last time KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma opened the batting for India in an ICC game, both of them succumbed to the new ball against Matt Henry in that infamous ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final. Both of them will now face an even sterner test in the form of Shaheen and Hasan, who can swing the ball both ways at a decent pace.

Not to mention, Hasan Ali's variations are bound to come in handy at a venue where pacers will need to mix it up. Both sets of players are in fine form, especially KL Rahul, who seems to be back at his free-flowing best. With the new ball being crucial to either side's fortunes, this could be the pivotal phase of the match.

#2 Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja in the middle overs

Yes, you read that right! Virat Kohli's performance in the middle overs could make or break the game for India. With the pitches on the slower side in UAE, an anchor's role in the side becomes even more significant. Although Virat, for all his records and star performances, isn't in the best of forms.

Virat has struggled off late to spinners, not able to take them on outside the powerplay. This can be seen in his fantasy price of 51.50 Sixer Coins per Share, which dropped by 10% in his last four games. However, his record against Pakistan (254 runs in 6 matches) is noteworthy. But against the likes of Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan in the middle overs, Virat will be India's go-to man with the bat!

#3 Jasprit Bumrah vs Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan

Last but not least, the focus shifts onto India's premier pacer, Jasprit Bumrah. The fiery pacer comes into this tournament on the back of an 18% increase in fantasy price over his last four games. Bumrah's swing and death bowling ability makes him to watch out for although he faces two very talented opponents today.

Babar Azam is undoubtedly one of the best batters in the world and his numbers speak for themselves. His shots drip in class with his big knocks at the top of the order often serving Pakistan well. While he has often delivered at the top of the order, Azam is now coupled with Mohammad Rizwan, who has been sensational in this format as an opener. With a match score average in excess of 70 in the UAE leg of the PSL, Rizwan should pose a threat to Bumrah and India. If one or both of Azam and Rizwan get going, India might be in for a tough outing in Dubai. 

With this once-in-a-lifetime game only a few hours away, who are backing to come good in this game? You can cheer for your favourite Indian players with their fantasy stocks. Add them before it's too late and also watch out for new supply at 7:00 PM IST!

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