Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Rivals India and Pakistan meet in Manchester

Rivals India and Pakistan meet in Manchester

India's one-day rivalry with Pakistan dates back to 1978 but it was not until 1992 that they locked horns in a World Cup. India and Pakistan playing at the World Cup with over a billion audience is the biggest thing in cricket, so my message to both sets of fans to enjoy it and stay calm.

Fast bowlers have claimed every two of the three wickets that have fallen in the games between the two sides in England.

Tendulkar feels Pakistan, who won just one of its three matches so far, will be targeting Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma on Sunday, Cricket Country reported.

And here's one for the real cognoscenti: Pakistan's Inzamam-Ul-Haq played in that Old Trafford match.

Pakistan appeared to be cruising to victory during this Asia Cup clash in Bangladesh when they needed 11 off the last 10 balls with four wickets in hand to overtake India's 8-245. A young Pakistan side stunned the world and created history by thrashing an in-form and star-studded India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy finale at The Oval.

India had hosted the last Asia Cup in UAE a year ago after Pakistan refused to travel across the border.

An Indians first tryst with the Old Trafford was when Ranjitsinhji, the then Prince of Nawanagar, now Jamnagar, scored a brilliant century for England on his debut. In a statement that takes potshot at the official broadcasters, Mani criticised the sports network for its parochial vision in crafting advertisements and asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to intervene in the matter.

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India's record against Pakistan and the trend in this tournament thus far says India should win the toss, elect to bat if it wants to win Sunday.

The area that Pakistan have shown the maximum weakness has been in their fielding and especially their catching.

The picture shows both Virat Kohli and Sarfaraz Ahmed deep in water and the Pakistani skipper being chased by a shark as the commentators are having a good time on the boat far behind. The batting of both their teams will revolve around them, as both are technically blessed with skill and strokes. "Pakistan also beat England so it's getting interesting", he added.

This match is not a do or die for India.

"We have to overcome our mistakes because India are also a very strong team".

Cricket is an uncertain game and predicting a victor is never easy.

Team India during its match against Australia.

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