Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is back to leading his troops and this time he's gunning for his second ICC World Twenty20 title. (All images AP and AFP).
India's talismatic batsman Virat Kohli has a chance to strengthen his credentials as the team's mainstay in the top-order.
Pakistan will be upbeat after having beaten India recently in the Asia Cup clash and finishing as runners-up in the tournament.
India's in-form left-handed batsman Suresh Raina will hope to put in a good performance and reclaim his spot in the ODI side.
Junaid Khan will hope to emulate his form from the ICC World Cup 2011 where he picked up five wickets against India.
A lot of eyes will be on Yuvraj Singh who was the architect of India's title victory in ICC World Twenty20 2007.
Rohit Sharma will look to be among the runs straightaway and hold on to his spot as the Indian opener.
The Dhoni-Fletcher combo will be eager to outwit the opposition after the Virat Kohli-led team conceded a defeat in the Asia Cup.
Duncan Fletcher could be under immense scrutiny after former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar called for his sacking following India's dismal show abroad.
Ravindra Jadeja will be key as the all-rounder option with four overs of left-arm spin and big-hitting down the order.
Ravichandran Ashwin will hope carry on his Asia Cup form and pick up wickets in heaps to silence his critics.
Pakistan's Kamran Akmal will hope to use this game to re-establish himself as the team's regular wicket-keeper-batsman.
In the clash between two sides chasing their second World Twenty20 title, the big fight on Friday will be an intense one.
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