There used to be a time when India and Pakistan cricket teams visited the opponent turf every year.

The scenario is not the same anymore; the subcontinent neighbour duo now lock horns only for multi-national tournaments.

And it’s for this particular reason that when they meet today in the Asia Cup, anticipation would be undoubtedly at its peak.

The match starts at 7:30 p.m. India time| 1:30 p.m. GMT.

The two nations will be squaring up against each other after a gap of a year.

The last time they fought it out was during the ICC Cricket World Cup, in which India clinched a comfortable victory.

A year has passed since then, but it certainly should feel like a déjà vu for all.

Viewers in India can view the Asia Cup live telecast on Star Sports and DD National TV channels. PTV Sports and Geo Super will broadcast the tournament live in Pakistan.

PTV Sports will live stream the match at its website ptvsports.com in Pakistan,

The global audience can watch the game online on Star Sports website starsports.com.

Willow TV will beam the match live in the U.S.Sky Sports in the U.K and Fox Sports will broadcast in New Zealand and Australia.

India is riding the high waves of confidence, which they have unanimously become the hot favourites for Saturday’s game.

The prime reason is their high rate of success in the recent T20s they have been involved in.

Post-World Cup period hasn’t been that easy for Indian Skipper MS Dhoni, but it was evident that he had his eyes upon the T20 World Cup ever since.

And that consistent keenness has now made India a favourite for the T20s after having whitewashed Aussies in their soil followed by a series win against Sri Lanka at home.

But Pakistan on the other side has been disastrously suffering when donning the coloured jerseys.

They have just managed to gain two wins in the twelve limited over matches they have played last. Their stat in the T20s doesn’t sound appealing either.

Two of their three series wins in T20 Internationals over the past couple of years came from Zimbabwe.

A win against Sri Lanka last year stands as the solace, but year 2016 hasn’t started bright for them either.

But as quoted by South African coach Russell Domingo last year, they are true ‘predictably unpredictable’.

They can turn it around when the least is expected of them, and can upset when high expectations get stacked up on their shoulders.

The former is what’s expected on Saturday, but Shahid Afridi and his boys would be eager to upset the critics’ right from the beginning with a win against their arch rivals.

If that’s to come right, they would have to shrug off their recent T20 memories, particularly of their last outing in the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur where they will be meeting India on Saturday.

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