Kolkata, March 19: India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their second match of the ongoing T20 World Cup at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday (March 19).
India will be under more pressure after their loss to New Zealand in the opening game at Nagpur by 47 runs while a rejuvenated Pakistan, who defeated Bangladesh by 55 runs in their first game, will look to avenge the Asia Cup thrashing and register their first win against India in a World Cup. [Pak have never lost to India at Eden Gardens]
The hosts will bank on the track record of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, their skipper who have led the side to win six World Cup games against Pakistan and haven't lost any. [India have 10-0 lead over Pak in all World Cups]
Four of those victories have come the T20 World Cup between 2007 and 2014 while two in the 50-over format in 2011 and 2015. [Pressure is on India, says Pak coach Waqar Younis]
Dhoni's side beat Pakistan twice in the inaugural World Cup played in South Africa in 2007, including in the final. In the group stage, the Indians beat Pakistan in a thrilling bowl-out contest after the match ended in a tie.
They two sides also met in the Super Eight and Super Ten phases in the 2012 and 2014 editions, respectively, and India won both the encounters by 8 and 7 wickets, respectively.
Under Dhoni's captaincy, India also beat Pakistan in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup (50-ver) at Mohali and group stage in the 2015 World Cup at Adelaide.
For Pakistan, the four sides that lost to India in the T20 World Cup were led by Shoaib Malik in 2007 and Mohammad Hafeez in 2012 and 2014. Both these players are members of the current side led by the veteran Shahid Afridi.