Mohammad Aamer cannot be expected to do everything © AFP
Mohammad Aamer cannot be expected to do everything © AFP

Anyone who has been expecting another thrilling contest between Indian batsmen and Pakistani bowlers on Saturday in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 could be left disappointed. The two teams clash at the iconic Eden Gardens with a lot at stake. While India will be determined to maintain their impeccable record against Pakistan in World Cups, their arch-rivals will be looking to bank on their fantastic record of losing only 1 out of 11 international matches against India at this venue. However, Pakistan may find themselves expecting a little too much out of their bowlers, who have so far produced an ordinary show. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan, ICC T20 World Cup 2016, Match 19 at Kolkata

Take out Mohammed Aamer from this current bowling attack — which already lacks the lethalness that Yasir Shah brings — it looks an ordinary one. Wahab Riaz is still expected to repeat his splendid spell against Shane Watson in the ICC World Cup 2015 quarter-final, but has nowhere looked close to depicting it and Mohammad Irfan has not been scary as he is expected to be.

T20 cricket does not provide enough opportunities for the bowlers to make a mark; generally the wickets around the world are prepared to favour the batsmen. The bowlers get reduced to mere participants, and rarely do they get any chance to have their say. The hosts of the Asia Cup 2016 tournament, Bangladesh, shocked everyone when they dished out green-top wickets at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Dhaka, and it was one of those chances for bowlers to make a mark. READ: India vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2016, Match 19 at Kolkata, Preview: Battered India look to bounce back against arch rivals

Let us revisit the India versus Pakistan match in Asia Cup 2016. The game was heavily titled towards bowlers, and Aamer was at his best in his four overs. He moved the ball from the first delivery viciously, which almost had Rohit Sharma first ball. After dismissing Rohit off the next delivery, removed Ajinkya Rahane first ball, and troubled Virat Kohli. But when  he moved off the attack, in came Riaz, who was hit for two fours in one over, and India got the opening to make a comeback in the game. ALSO READ: India to focus on spin against Pakistan in ICC T20 World Cup 2016

Riaz was ineffective, and Irfan was no different. India sneaked their way in, all pressure that was created by Aamer fizzled out. Kohli won for being determined, and India walked away with a win. Pakistan had a slight chance on that green-top wicket to trouble India — Aamer did his best but no one else stepped up.

Heading into the T20 World Cup 2015 match on Saturday, it will be for Pakistan’s benefit if they read the conditions well. The pitch at Eden Gardens will not have grass, and Rohit Sharma, who enjoys a terrific run at the venue, cannot be troubled a great deal on flat, batsmen-friendly decks. Riaz and Irfan were ordinary in the game against Bangladesh as well, and there is no experienced spinner, who can pull back things in control if Indian batsmen launch an attack. The only way Pakistan can do well  with their bowling — which remains their core strength — is by bowling good line and length for full 20 overs.

And not to forget, Pakistan will be playing in front of a crowd as strong as of 66,000 people. India rarely loses in home conditions with the crowd right behind them.

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)