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LAHORE (Web Desk) – World cricket’s most intriguing rivalry Pakistan and India will face each other today (Saturday) after a two-year gap when they face off in the Asia Cup, a contest for regional supremacy which is also a final rehearsal for the World T20.

The biennial 12-day tournament, which is being held in Bangladesh for the second time in a row, began on Wednesday night when the hosts were defeated by India at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla stadium — the venue for all the matches.

But most eyes will be on Saturday’s glamour tie when India and Pakistan take to the field together for the first time since the last World T20 in 2014.

The match will also serve as a pre-cursor to the two teams’ opening round battle in the ICC World Twenty20, next month.

Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi said he wanted to take responsibility and put up a winning performance when his team takes on arch-rivals India in their Asia Cup opener on Saturday.

Afridi’s flagging performances have meant Pakistan have won just one of their last six T20 internationals, and the enigmatic captain knows it. The all-rounder scored just 38 runs in three matches against New Zealand in January and also failed against England in November.