World Cup 2019: India to take on arch-rivals Pakistan today

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Manchester: The most anticipated fixture at the group stage in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will take place when India take on arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester today.

Manchester will see mostly two colours painted from one end to the other — blue and green as the blue of India will face the green of Pakistan in the high voltage clash.

India have won all the six games that the two teams have played so far in the World Cup from 1992 edition and till 2015.

However, Pakistan has a better record than India in all ODIs, winning 73 of the 131 games played between the two teams Meanwhile, it is a different scenario in ICC events as the Indians lead 6-0 in World Cup encounters.

Pakistan beat Virat Kohli and his men in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and the Men in Blue will likely be looking for redemption.

In the year 1992 Pakistan became champions for the first time under Imran Khan’s leadership. However, when it came to playing India, they were handed a 43-run defeat.

Thereafter, in 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015, it was the Indians who dominated proceedings.

In the 2019 version, India has played three matches so far. While they have won two, one was cancelled due to rain. Pakistan, on the other hand, has played four matches and lost two and won one.

Meanwhile, a special ‘Aarti’ has been performed in Varanasi ahead of the most highly anticipated match of this year’s World Cup tournament.

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