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India
India have never lost to Pakistan in a World Cup event, but have not won against their arch rivals at the Eden Gardens as wellGetty

India take on Pakistan in a Group 2 fixture of the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 19 March. The hosts are in danger of being knocked out of the World Cup following a loss to New Zealand in their first game of the tournament.

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Match starts at 2pm GMT/7.30pm IST. Live coverage of the game is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD in the UK. Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 3 will telecast the match live in India. Click here for live streaming link.

Overview

Any contest between India and Pakistan is eagerly awaited by the millions of fans all over the world, more so, if it is a World Cup match. In the upcoming game, hosts India could be under added pressure following their dismal performance in the opening match against New Zealand.

The pre-tournament favourites were bowled out for a paltry 79 runs, after restricting the Black Caps to 126. A second loss in the tournament at the hands of their arch rivals will see the hosts struggle to make it to the semi-finals stage of the competition. However, one positive aspect for India is that they have never lost to Pakistan in cricket World Cup history – both 50 and 20-over format.

Pakistan
Pakistan are still searching for their first win over India in a World Cup eventGetty

Pakistan, meanwhile, come into the game following a thumping victory over Bangladesh in the opening encounter at the Eden Gardens, the same venue where they will face their arch nemesis on Saturday. Although, Pakistan may have never beaten India in a World Cup, they have a positive streak on their side as well. India's arch rivals have never lost a game to their neighbours at the famous stadium in Kolkata. Whatever be the result of the game, one of the winning streaks will surely end as the game concludes.

Prediction

India to win

Betting odds (betfair)

  • India to win: 2/5
  • Pakistan to win: 9/5

Team news

India

Possible XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra..

Pakistan

Possible XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi (C), Anwar Ali, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Irfan.

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