India start their campaign with arguably the ultimate pressure game they will face in the tournament with the exception of a big-ticket knockout stage match. They have been clinical against Pakistan in World Cup matches, 50-over and 20-over, particularly in recent years, but the pitfalls of taking a win in this match for granted was seen in their stunning defeat in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Virat Kohli, who is starting his final assignment as captain of India in T20 cricket, said that he and the rest of the team is looking at it as just another game.
He had to concede, however, that elements around the match does feel different. “I have just approached this game as another game of cricket and I know there is a lot of hype around this game, more so with ticket sales and demands of tickets,” Kohli told the media last week.