WATCH: India, Pakistan show support for Black Lives Matter ahead of T20 World Cup clash

While Team India took a knee, much like England and West Indies did at the same venue on Saturday, the Pakistan players kept their hands on their hearts before the first ball.

Saurabh Ganguly Author

Updated - 24 October 2021 8:06 pm

The much-awaited India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup match has commenced at the Dubai International Stadium. While there has been a lot of buzz and hype around the rivalry, it is now time for the next few hours for cricket to take center stage and make all the noise for itself. While Pakistan won the toss, they invited India to have bat first.

Moments before the first ball of the ball which was set to be bowled by Shaheen Afridi both teams showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement against racism. However, both the teams had separate gestures to show their support for the team. While Team India took a knee, much like England and West Indies did at the same venue on Saturday, the Pakistan players kept their hands on their hearts before the first ball.

Check out the video of the teams showing support for Black Lives Matter here:

Meanwhile, India haven't got off to an ideal start as they lost opener, Rohit Sharma, for a duck in the first over of the crucial match. The team had not even absorbed the shock when KL Rahul also departed in the first ball of the third over.

This is a good start for the Men in Green after they won the toss and they would now feel that they are in with a chance to stop India's cent per cent track record against them in the World Cups. India had previously lost the ICC Champions Trophy final against the same opponents from a similar situation.

However, on that occasion, India were chasing a score in excess of 300 in a 50-Overs match. But while it was the left-arm swing bowling of Mohammad Amir who had troubled the Indian batter on that occasion, it is Shaheen who is doing the job for them this time around.

Having said that, there is plenty of action left in the day and India would want to use all their experience and post a solid total before trying to defend it later.