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T 20 World Cup India vs Pakistan at: What time does it start?

Where is it being played?

Everything you need to know ahead of India vs Pakistan at the T20 World Cup this weekend – a game you can watch live on Sky Sports; Pakistan have beaten the great rivals only once in all World Cups and suffered a heartbreaking defeat the last time the two teams met in the T20 edition in Australia in 2022. All eyes will be on India vs Pakistan this weekend, as the latest instalment of the cricket rivalry takes place in New York, live on Sky Sports. Here’s everything you need to know… When is it? India and Pakistan will clash in Group A of the men’s T20 World Cup on Sunday, with the match set to kick off at 3.30pm UK and Ireland time. The build-up will begin at 3pm on Sky Sports Cricket. Where is it? The game will take place at the Nassau International Cricket Stadium on Long Island, New York, with India and Pakistan playing all their group matches at venues in the United States. How can I follow the action?

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How have the teams fared so far?

Thanks to a Rohit Sharma half-century and Rishabh Pant’s match-winning reverse scoop. However, Pakistan started with a shocking Super Over defeat against co-hosts USA, with Babar Azam’s side unable to chase down the required 19 runs in overtime after scoring 159 from their opening 20 overs in Dallas.

Babar later spoke candidly: “We are not playing well in fielding, bowling and batting”. So much to improve then!

Which team is expected to win?

India are the bookmakers’ favourites with odds of 2/5, not only because of how the teams’ opening matches in the event have gone, but also because of the sheer strength in their squad and the fact they have won six of their seven matches against Pakistan in all T20 World Cups, including the last tournament in Australia in 2022.

Wasn’t it when Virat Kohli played a match-winning knock?

It certainly was, thanks to Kohli’s unbeaten 82 off 53 balls as India reached the target of 160 off the final ball of the game, which was quite extraordinary considering his side were 31-4 after 6.1 overs and still needed 48 from the final 18 balls at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Sounds dramatic – tell me more

In the 18th over, Kohli smashed two leg-side boundaries and drove another to extra-cover off Shaheen Shah Afridi, helping India to 31 off 12 balls, while he hit consecutive sixes off Haris Rauf at the end of the 19th over – first with a graceful strike over the bowler’s head, then with a superb flick over fine leg – to make it a demanding 16 off six balls.

What happened then?

It all started! Hardik Pandya was dismissed by Mohammad Nawaz off the first ball of the final over, breaking a 117-run partnership with Kohli and making Pakistan big favourites, when India could only manage three runs in total off the next two balls. The target now was 13 off three balls…

So what happened late?

Nawaz lost his radar. The spinner bowled a full toss which Kohli hit for a six and to make matters worse the delivery was ruled a no-ball on the basis of height, so India collected seven runs. Nawaz bowled a wide the next ball, while Nawaz bowled Kohli on a free hit and the ball went to deep third, following which India scored three runs. Two runs were needed now… and then what? More drama. Nawaz brought Pakistan back into the game by having Sky Sports friend Dinesh Karthik stumped off the fifth ball of the over, but then bowled another wide, this time on the leg-side, leaving the scores tied with one ball to spare. Ravichandran Ashwin sealed India’s win by taking a single over mid-on off the last ball and breaking Pakistan’s hearts. Poor Pakistan! Do they ever beat India in the World Cup?

They have suffered eight defeats in the longest white-ball format since last year’s horror outing in Ahmedabad where they lost their last eight wickets for just 36 runs and went from 155-2 to be all out for 191, losing by seven wickets.
So when did this win happen?

Pakistan’s only success against India in the World Cup came in 2021 in the UAE and, it was a huge victory – Babar Azam’s side won by 10 wickets in the group stage of that year’s T20 showpiece. India were restricted to 151-7 in Dubai before Babar (68 not out) and Mohammad Rizwan (79 not out) took Pakistan past that score with 13 balls to spare. The Boys in Green will be looking to repeat on Sunday.

Watch India vs Pakistan in the Men’s T20 World Cup in New York live on Sky Sports Cricket and Sky Sports Main Event on Sunday. Build-up starts at 3pm before the first ball at 3.30pm.