By BV Swagath
Arch rivals India and Pakistan may be in different groups but they are all set to clash against each other in a warm-up T20 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on 17th. The unofficial T20 will be broadcast live on Star Cricket and is the only warm-up match that will be televised for the great interest it creates amongst fans all over the world.
India’s other warm-up match is scheduled on the 15th against hosts Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval. While Pakistan play their other warm-up match against England which is on the 19th at the P Sara Ova in Colombo.
India and Pakistan have so far played against each other in only two T20Is which was in the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa. The first T20I between the teams saw an incredible tie which later was won by India through a Bowl Out. The second T20I between the teams was in the Final of the same tournament which was won narrowly by India.
India is placed in Group A along with England and Afghanistan. Pakistan on the other hand is in a tough Group D along with New Zealand and Bangladesh. Barring any real upsets, India and Pakistan will officially engage during the Super Eights rounds.
Pakistan Captain Mohammad Hafeez is pleased to play against India in the warm-ups as it helps them to get used to pressure very early. Here is what Hafeez had to say regarding the warm-up tie against India: