There’s anticipation and excitement in the air today as Pakistan and India as the former champions prepare to face off in a Twenty20 World Cup blockbuster in Dubai.
The 17,500 tickets for the game were sold out hours after being put on sale and television channels in both countries are running special shows on the match.
India have a 12-0 record against Pakistan in Twenty20 and 50-overs World Cups and they will hope to extend that streak in their tournament opener against their arch-rivals, but Pakistani cricket fans have high hopes for a victory.
Exuding confidence, Babar Azam stressed that the past is irrelevant to his players. "To be honest, what has passed is beyond us," Babar told a virtual media conference on Saturday, as both nations buzzed in anticipation of a thrilling match. "We want to use our ability and confidence on the day of the match so that we can get a better result,” adding, "Records are meant to be broken."
Playlists were shared on the app to hype up fans for the upcoming match, consisting of the usual cricket musical mainstays like Strings’ Hai Koi Hum Jaisa and Dil Ki Qasam by Noori.
Despite previous disappointments, Pakistani cricket fans have high hopes for a win
Fans have resorted to asking for divine intervention to guarantee a Pakistani victory
Apparently, so has PM Imran
"YA ALLAH PAKISTAN KO KAL JITAA DE" pic.twitter.com/UV93VM6qiH— sugar kaka (@sugar_kaka) October 23, 2021
This humble request for Indian Twitter
#TwitterIndia please jokes matt maaro, hum haar gaye to apni take hum khud karlenge tum mazay le lena, tumhari chussain kisi ko bhi nahi parhni.— Ahmed (@azkhawaja1) October 24, 2021
Some fans made no effort to mask their anxiety
And finally, certain people used the occasion to air out a different kind of disappointment
india pakistan ka bhi wapas se match ho raha hai bas mera uska match nahi ho raha.— Aasshiiqq (@Aasshiiqq) October 23, 2021
Here's to hoping for the best!
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