India vs Pakistan Match Prediction: Oct 24, T20 World Cup
October 24, 2021 5:00 pm
Writing an India vs Pakistan match prediction is a difficult task because it’s not just the biggest rivalry in cricket, but one of the biggest rivalries in sports – bar none. This is the biggest fixture of the Super 12s stage, and one that may have far-reaching consequences for either team in terms of not only points and net run rate, but confidence.
Both teams have reasonable merits that can lead them to victory, and with potentially millions of people betting on the outcome, it’s a scary thing to have to take sides on. Nevertheless, here’s our take on Match 16.
Coming into the tournament as standout favourites, this Indian team have troves of talent. Fresh from playing in the IPL, their players will be warmed up and ready for this next challenge. A few players are a little low on form, but after downright owning England and Australia in warm-up matches, India have made a strong statement in favour of their supremacy.
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Rohit Sharma will be the batters to watch out for, but Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav may also flare up to justify their inclusion in the team. As far as bowling goes, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ravindra Jadeja will pose the greatest threats on a pitch that favours movement for spinners and variations for fast bowlers.
Pakistan may have a dreadful record against India when it comes to ICC events, but they did trump their neighbours the second-last time the two teams met and have grown exponentially as a team since then. They are far from being tournament favourites, but they have all the makings of a dark horse.
Needless to say, captain Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan are expected to carry the team as far as batting goes, with Fakhar Zaman another likely candidate to push the score forward. Pakistan has a fantastic group of bowlers, but they are all quicks who will be bowling on a pitch with little to assist their speed. Nevertheless, we think Mohammad Nawaz’s spin, Hasan Ali’s variation, and Shaheen Shah Afridi’s raw talent will be instrumental for them.
Match Prediction and Betting Odds
Despite Pakistan’s plus points, our IND vs PAK prediction ends in favour of India. They have proved to be a cut above the rest in recent times and unless they get complacent, India should achieve victory.
Last 5 matches between India and Pakistan (Source)