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India will play Pakistan in their first match at T20 Cricket World Cup 2022 this weekend. The teams will play on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to kick off their Super 12 campaigns in the Cricket World Cup. 

India are one of the favourites to win this year’s T20 World Cup. The Indians won the inaugural T20 Cricket World Cup tournament in 2007, defeating Pakistan in South Africa. They reached the final of the tournament once more in 2014 but fell to Sri Lanka. India are seeking to match Sri Lanka’s record of most finals appearances with three. 

Pakistan won the 2009 T20 Cricket World Cup tournament, defeating Sri Lanka by eight wickets. Since winning the tournament over a decade ago, Pakistan have failed to reach the Cricket World Cup tournament final in five consecutive tournaments. Could this year’s tournament be different?

Sunday’s match in Melbourne will be the seventh all-time T20I match between India and Pakistan. India holds the edge in head-to-head matches by a significant margin. Pakistan will be out to claim a rare win against their bitter rivals. 

India and Pakistan are joined in Group 2 of the Super 12 by Bangladesh, Netherlands, South Africa, and a team to be confirmed from the first round. On paper, South Africa and India should qualify for the semifinals. 

India vs Pakistan T20 Betting Odds 

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India are the favourite to win the match on Sunday against Pakistan in Melbourne. Leading sportsbooks have India at the best betting odds of 8/15 to claim a win on matchday No. 1 of Group 2. Pakistan are at the best betting odds of 6/4 to claim a victory to open the Super 12. 

Pakistan have one just one time in the team’s six previous T20I meetings. A win against India to start the T20 Cricket World Cup would be a major coup for the Pakistani team. 

The pitch at Melbourne Cricket Ground is in good shape ahead of the match on Sunday. The ball should move quickly on the turf and bowlers should have an advantage with the condition of the crease. The average score in the first innings of games at the Melbourne Cricket Ground over the last 24 months has been 165 runs. 

Batters may rule the day in Melbourne. You may fancy a punt on the top batter for the game. India’s Virat Kohli is at odds of 10/3 to finish the day as the top batsman. Pakistan won the most recent fixture between these arch-rivals. The match took place in October 2021 with Pakistan claiming a win by 10 wickets. It was their first-ever victory against India. 

India vs Pakistan When is the match?  

India versus Pakistan Super 12 T20 Cricket World Cup match will take place Sunday, October 23. The match will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia. The match will begin at 19:00 (7:00 PM) local time.  

The match will begin at noon UK time on Saturday. Cricket fans can enjoy lunch and T20 cricket on Sunday afternoon.  

What is India’s T20 Cricket World Cup fixture list?  

India will play five matches in the Super 12 across Australia. Fans will have the chance to watch the Indian team live across the continent at different venues throughout the Super 12.  

India vs. Pakistan – October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

India vs. Netherlands – October 27 at Sydney Cricket Ground 

India vs. South Africa – October 30 at Perth Stadium

India vs. Bangladesh – November 2 at Adelaide Oval

India vs. TBC – November 6 at Melbourne Cricket Ground 

What is Pakistan’s T20 Cricket World Cup fixture list? 

Pakistan will play five Super 12 fixtures, with the aim of finishing in the top two places in Group 2.  

India vs. Pakistan – October 23 at Melbourne Cricket Ground

TBC vs. Pakistan – October 27 at Perth Stadium

Netherlands vs. Pakistan – October 30 at Perth Stadium 

South Africa vs. Pakistan –November 3 at Sydney Cricket Ground

Bangladesh vs. Pakistan – November 6 at Adelaide Oval 

India vs Pakistan H2H

India and Pakistan have played six times previously in T20I cricket. India posted four wins from the six games, while Pakistan picked up one win. Their sixth fixture ended as a tie, but India won the match on a bowl-out. 

Pakistan won the teams’ most recent match in October 2021. The game was played in Dubai with the Pakistani team winning by 10 wickets. 

India’s highest run total in games against Pakistan was 157. Pakistan’s highest run total was 152, which they tallied twice. Pakistan’s lowest run total versus India in head-to-head matches was 118. 

It is worth noting that these teams met twice at the first edition of the T20 World Cup. India won both games and they went on to win the tournament. 

India vs Pakistan T20 Key Players   

Mohamed Shami was called up to the India squad as a replacement. He will play a crucial role for the Indian team at the T20 World Cup. He will provide pace and bounce when bowling. The Indian team will seek to limit the runs they concede. 

The Indians have been guilty of conceding too many scoring opportunities and Shami will be chief in India’s attempts to stop allowing runs to opponents. Shami is 10/3 to be India’s top bowler. 

Predicted teams:

India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket Keeper), Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Mohamad Shami 

Pakistan: Babar Azam (Captain), Mohammad Rizwan, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmad, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Aridi, Haris Rauf, Naseem Shah

India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup Betting Tips  

Pakistan won the most recent T20I match between these teams. They will fancy their chances against arch-rival India. The Indians hold a historic advantage over Pakistan. However, they have leaked runs in recent matches. 

Pakistan are the underdogs to win, but they are certainly worth a punt. They are peaking at the right moment and should do damage to India on Sunday. Our betting tips prediction is to back Pakistan to win as India give up too many runs.