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ICC T20 World Cup: India vs Pakistan Match Prediction - Weather, Pitch Report, Conditions

Preparations in full swing at the Eden Gardens as Afridi looks on
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Modified 19 Mar 2016, 17:11 IST
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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. 

Also read: India vs Pakistan, ICC T20 World Cup 2016: LIVE streaming info

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.

Covers taking effect at the Eden Gardens

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Pitch Report

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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.

Drainage System

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.

Also Read: India vs Pakistan Head to Head in T20Is, match records and facts

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.

Also read: India vs Pakistan ICC T20 World Cup Match: What if the match is cancelled due to rain?

Published 19 Mar 2016, 10:53 IST
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