The T20 World Cup's most anticipated clash between India and Pakistan takes place in the United States for the first time. With high stakes, both teams prepare for a crucial encounter at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York.

Published June 9, 2024

NEW YORK: The greatest rivalry in world cricket is set to resume on Sunday in the United States for the first time. Rohit Sharma-led India will face Babar Azam’s Pakistan in their Group A match at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, a 34,000-capacity venue built earlier this year.

India, after defeating Ireland in their group opener, are ready for the clash, while Pakistan needs to recover from their Super Over loss to the US. A loss in today’s match will significantly hurt Pakistan’s chances to qualify for the Super Eight stage of the tournament.

Historically, India holds a clear advantage in T20s, with nine victories in 12 games against Pakistan. In T20 World Cups, Pakistan has only won once in seven encounters, with their lone victory coming in the 2021 World Cup group stage.

Despite the odds, Pakistan’s recently-appointed head coach, Gary Kirsten, remains optimistic. He emphasized that the players are focused and ready to give their best. Kirsten noted that T20 matches can change quickly, and Pakistan must be prepared for any situation. He also mentioned that all-rounder Imad Wasim is fit and available to play.

India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, stressed the importance of playing good cricket and taking the match ball by ball. He mentioned that the team plans to focus on every ball and every over to ensure victory. Rohit, who has extensive experience in T20 cricket, expressed confidence in his team’s ability to handle the situation regardless of the pitch conditions.

Both teams had thorough net practice sessions ahead of the match. Rohit highlighted the importance of aggressive batting and playing with the right balance to put pressure on the opponents. He also acknowledged that anything can happen in T20 cricket, citing Pakistan’s unexpected defeat to the US as an example.

This match promises to be a high-stakes encounter as both teams compete on unfamiliar territory, aiming for a crucial win.