India v Pakistan 2nd T20I preview
It is a rivalry that needs no introduction. It is a rivalry that the fans on both sides of the border cherish to see every time. Yet it is a rivalry that, despite its high profile, remains unpredictable in nature - be it timing, duration or competitiveness.
Can MS Dhoni inspire an Indian win?
India and Pakistan lock horns in a bilateral series after five years. The fact that the series is happening tells a story of how the two nations have come a long way since the suspension of ties in 2008 following the Mumbai attacks. The tour consists of two T20 internationals followed by three one-day internationals. The fact that the tour is sandwiched between England's T20 and ODI series due to Christmas break will not take any limelight away from the two sides.
Pakistan arrived in India amid plenty of media coverage and fans' expectations from back home. Captained by Mohammed Hafeez, the team faces immense pressure as it plays it first T20 in India.
Looking to avenge their loss in the World T20 from a couple of months ago, the squad features a few new and recalled faces. Ahmed Shahzad and Junaid Khan are back in the mix while Umar Amin and Zulfiqar Babar are the uncapped players. Shahid Afridi, under pressure after a string of poor performances, still remains a threat in any match involving India.
MS Dhoni, the Indian captain, seemed to suggest that this is just another series for them. The fact remains different though owing to a multitude of reasons. Its India vs Pakistan - a series closely scrutinized by critics and fans alike. Furthermore, Indian cricket is at crossroads at the moment, having been given a tough time by England hat included a last-ball, series-leveling defeat in the second T20.
Yuvraj Singh holds the key after six wickets in the two T20s. Virender Sehwag misses out while Virat Kohli's impressive record against Pakistan is sure to give the Pakistani think tank something to ponder over.
The match will be played in Bangalore, starting at 7.00pm.