India will be playing Pakistan in the Super-10 stage of the T20 World Cup 2016 on Saturday. © Getty Images
India will be playing Pakistan in the Super-10 stage of the T20 World Cup 2016 on Saturday. © Getty Images

Nearly a month after the India-Pakistan cricket clash in the Asia Cup, the home team continued to be the favourite of bookies and punters for the World Cup T20 match later on Saturday. The going rate at 3 pm for an Indian win was Rs.0.55 by Mumbai bookies, while a Pakistani victory was hawked at Rs.1.55. Despite a watchful eye by the security agencies, online bets collected by bookies in remote locations have mounted to over Rs.2,500 crore — and still counting as the clock ticks for the pitch battle in Kolkata. As the tempo builds up, bookies are hopeful of widening the margin between the two neighbours and piling up bets of around Rs.3000 crore, despite local Kolkata weather conditions causing concern among cricket crazy fans. FULL MATCH SCORECARD: India vs Pakistan , Live Score, 19th T20 Match, Super 10 Group 2, ICC T20 World Cup 2016

Wrapped in layers of security, Eden Gardens is all set to host the high voltage India-Pakistan World Twenty20 clash here on Saturday. But will the weather gods hold up, wonder fans. With the sun playing hide and seek and the regional meteorological office forecasting light rain and lightning in the evening, the mega cricket battle between arch-rivals India and Pakistan lies at the mercy of the rain gods. ALSO READ:India vs Pakistan, T20 World Cup 2016 match at Kolkata: Rains may play spoilsport

“There is a possibility of light rain and lightning in the evening. Various places in Kolkata have already witnessed light showers since morning,” a Met official told IANS. The fans’ confidence about the game remaining unaffected by possible rain stems from the Sourav Ganguly led Cricket Association of Bengal overhauling the Eden Gardens drainage system. In the past, Eden Gardens had been notorious for matches being abandoned due to showers.