Arch rivals, India and Pakistan are playing a truly high-tension game today at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The hosts, who got shocked after being smashed by New Zealand bowling, should be looking to take control of their fate to stay alive in the tournament. On the other hand, Pakistan have won their opening match against Bangladesh with complete authority. This confident start of T20 World Cup bodes well for them, especially because their batting worked. Afridi was able to show his traditional aggression with the bat and scored 49 runs off just 19 balls. Mohammad Hafeez remained the top-scorer and Pakistan was able to cross 200-runs barrier. So this must be a very tough game for both the teams, with likely victory for the one who successfully absorbs pressure.
With millions watching the game, every critic ready to pen down even the minor mistakes, possible national outrage in case of a defeat and over-burdened nerves of players, all these factors will test the professional capabilities of each and every player from both teams. Traditionally India have done well in the past and have kept their calm while Pakistan panics or collapses under pressure.
Visitors’ batting becomes vulnerable in such situations and has historically proved to be their soft belly. If Pakistan succeeds in getting healthy total, India will be in serious trouble because of best bowling attack from Pakistan.
On the other hand, if India wins the game and amasses a grand total nearing 200, Pakistan may lose the game because of their weak batting side. Toss will play cardinal role in today’s match. If rain doesn’t change behavior of pitch, the winning captain will choose to bat first.
At the time of writing these lines, Kolkata is under heavy rains which means weather interruption may affect the game. If this happens, players will have to face additional psychological burden of keeping an eye on D/W method. In other words, the batsmen will be deprived of the luxury to play sensibly in first 10 to 12 overs and then resort to aggression in death overs. If rain keeps interrupting, batsmen will have to play with an explosive bat from the beginning.