World’s biggest battle! India to face arch-rivals Pakistan today

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 15 February 2015, 07:34 AM

A jittery Indian team will meet arch-rivals Pakistan to begin its title defence at Adelaide, which is said to be the much-awaited match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. India have an outstanding 5-0 record over Pakistan in the 50-over World cup, since both the teams met from 1992 Sydney World cup. 

Dhoni and his boys can ill-afford a defeat against Pakistan after the team’s shoddy performances in Down under. Batting mainstay Virat Kholi is having a bad patch with the white ball and the bowlers’ incapability is clearly seen, as they couldn’t even get 10 Afghanistan wickets in a practice match. Other than form of players, fitness is also a concern for the Indian team.  

The Pakistan have its own issue, they have lost all-rounder Md Haffez, ace spinner Saeed Ajmal ahead of the World cup. The team has never won a match against India in World cup which will be huge advantage for the Indian side. With players including Misbah ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan playing their last World cup will try to prove their mantle.

MS Dhoni and his boys would like to retain the authority over the “Men in Green” on Sunday. It will be a full house affair as over 20,000 Indian have moved to Adelaide for high-voltage match.  Pakistani side will be eager to break the jinx against India as both the teams will be desperate to start the campaign with a win.  

First Published: Saturday, February 14, 2015 05:07 PM
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