The biggest encounter of the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup takes place in Kolkata today as arch-rivals India and Pakistan lock horns in the all-important Super 10 match. It is a 'do or die' situation for the hosts as a loss here may bring down the curtains early on their campaign.
Before the action unfolds at the Eden Gardens this evening, here's our analysis of what may be in store during the epic Indo-Pak clash:
Eden Garden Kolkata, Weather Conditions
The news is slightly concerning for cricket lovers in terms of the weather in Kolkata. After a brief sunny period early in the morning, dark clouds took over and there was a light drizzle for a while. It was sunny all through the afternoon, but the sky turned gloomy again towards 4 PM and the rain has started to come down quite heavily.
The covers have taken effect at the Eden Gardens as the rain is likely to stick around for quite a while. We would have to keep our fingers crossed and hope that there is a full game.
Although the pitch at the Eden Gardens has been predominantly batting-friendly so far in the tournament, it has offered a bit of assistance to the spinners. Considering the overhead conditions, the track may slow down a bit due to moisture seeping in from the rain. This means that the spinners may come into play a bit more.
The drainage system at the Eden Gardens is certainly not the best and it may get difficult if there is a decent amount of rain. Just last year, a T20I encounter between India and South Africa had to be abandoned due to a wet outfield. However, there has been a revamp since then and there are hopes that it may not be that bad as the previous occasion.
India Vs Pakistan, Today’s Match Prediction
With the threat of rain around, there are high chances of a shortened match at Kolkata today. In such a situation, India may have a slight upper hand particularly if they are batting second. It is here that the coin toss may play a crucial role.
However, Pakistan are high in spirits courtesy of their emphatic win over Bangladesh and will look to build on a great start. While there are no favourites going into the clash, the Indians may have a slight edge considering their form in recent times.Published 19 Mar 2016, 10:53 IST