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T20 World Cup 2021, India vs Pakistan: Pakistan wins toss, elects to bat

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan clash in Super 12 of the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai on Sunday. As for the toss, Pakistan has won it, and it would be chasing.

ICC T20 World Cup 2021, India vs Pakistan: Pakistan wins toss, elects to bat-ayh
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Dubai - United Arab Emirates, First Published Oct 24, 2021, 7:16 PM IST
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It is all set to be an electrifying encounter, as arch-rivals India and Pakistan clash in their Group 2's Super 12 meeting of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. The toss has taken place, with Indian skipper Virat Kohli spinning the coin. As Pakistan skipper Babar Azam called 'Heads', it happened to be the right call, while he has elected to bowl first.

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"We are going to bowl first. We'll look to take early wickets and put pressure. Dew is also a factor. We have had good practice sessions, and I am confident about our preparations. Pakistan's bowlers are known to trouble other teams, but I am optimistic about our batting too. Haider Ali is left out," said Azam during the toss.

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Kohli, on the other hand, said, "We are pretty happy with setting the target. We would have bowled first, too, but the toss is not in your control. We are pretty balanced with our squad, and you need to be prepared for it. We need to stay as professional as possible. We need to stay focussed on the processes."

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"Everyone watches it (India-Pakistan) closely all over the world. We can use that as a motivation, but we need to ensure we don't get too emotional and need to stay professional. The pitch looks very different. Evenly rolled, and there is no grass at all, which was the case during the IPL, and I'm sure that was done to hold it together well for the World Cup. We expect the pitch to stay good all through and set a good total. The four not playing are Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Shardul Thakur," he added.

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Playing XI
India:
Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Chakravarthy and Jasprit Bumrah.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi.

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