New Delhi: After defeating Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 warm-up game, all eyes are on India versus Pakistan match on Monday. Indian fans would hope that India maintains the winning momentum and goes into the T20 world cup beginning on September 18 with a positive frame of mind.

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The contest will take place at 2 pm at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and would be the only practice match to be shown live.

Since the 2011 world cup semifinal match, it is the first time that both the countries will meet each other today in Colombo. The contest is being looked upon as India’s batting versus Pakistan’s formidable bowling attack.

Though, India won comfortably against the hosts in their opening warm-up game, they certainly need to put up a better show with the bat against Pakistan, who boast of quality bowlers like Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul in their ranks.

Gambhir Injured

Injury to opener Gautam Gambhir, who hurt his wrist against Sri Lanka, would be a concern for the Indians but Virender Sehwag along with other top-order batsmen need to redeem themselves against Pakistan following their dismal show with the bat in the first match.

India, in particular, would like Sehwag to fire against Pakistan and get some runs under his belt.

Teams:

India: M S Dhoni (captain/wicket-keeper), Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Piyush Chawla, Ashok Dinda, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh.

Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (captain), Abdul Razzaq, Asad Shafiq, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal (wicket-keeper), Mohammad Sami, Nasir Jamshed, Raza Hasan, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat.

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