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World Cup 2019 | Not Just Another Match, It Is The 'Mother Of All Battles': India Vs Pakistan Live Updates

Written By Karthik Nair | Mumbai | Published:
A cricketing rivalry that transcends beyond the realms of 22-yards will be reignited when India and Pakistan square off in a World Cup encounter that could have fascinating sub-plots with Rain Gods threatening an anti-climactic twist.
Update at 00:00
1 month ago

India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) Method.

Update at 23:45
1 month ago

Shahid Afridi congratulates India before the match ends. Read his tweet here.


Update at 23:37
1 month ago

Play to resume at 23:40 PM IST. The match has been reduced to 40 overs.

Pakistan need 136 runs off 30 deliveries.


Update at 23:10
1 month ago

Just like the fans, even skipper Virat Kohli is not impressed by the rain.


Update at 22:59
1 month ago

Here's how the Manchester crowd reacted after Hardik Pandya removed Shoaib Malik for a golden duck.


Update at 22:49
1 month ago

Rain stops play but Pakistan are 86 runs behind as per DLS score.

Updated at 22:38
1 month ago

Vijay Shankar accounts for skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed as Pakistan are staring down the barrel.

Pakistan are 165/6.

1 month ago

Decent over from Vijay Shankar. He has just conceded three runs.

After 33 overs, Pakistan are 157/5.

Update at 22:06
1 month ago

Pandya on fire. Two wickets in two deliveries. He has sent back Shoaib Malik for a golden duck. Is it all over for Pakistan now?

After 27 overs, Pakistan are 129/5.

Update at 22:03
1 month ago

Hardik Pandya joins the party as he gets rid of Mohammad Hafeez.

Pakistan are in deep trouble at 129/4.

Update at 21:56
1 month ago

Kuldeep Yadav picks up his second wicket as he removes the dangerous looking Fakhar Zaman to put Pakistan in a spot of bother.

After 25.2 overs, Pakistan are 126/3.

Update at 21:50
1 month ago

Kuldeep's beauty gets rid of Babar Azam for 48.

After 24 overs, Pakistan are 117/2.

Update at 21:35
1 month ago

Indian spinners keeping Pakistani batsmen at bay.

After 20 overs, Pakistan are 87/1.

Update at 21:12
1 month ago

Another decent over from Kuldeep Yadav.

After 15 overs, Pakistan are 64/1.

Update at 21:04
1 month ago

A good first over from Kuldeep Yadav. Only two runs from it.

After 13 overs, Pakistan are 51/1.

Update at 20:49
1 month ago

As Pakistan have started their innings with no reduction in overs, previous calculations wrt DLS have become redundant.
If the rain comes after 20 overs & no further play is possible, Pakistan need to be...
to win

Update at 20:47
1 month ago

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was seen walking off the field as he pulled a hamstring during the fifth over of Pakistan's run chase. Let's hope that this is not a serious one.


Update at 20:25
1 month ago

Vijay Shankar gets a wicket off his very first delivery. Traps Imam-ul-Haq in front of the wicket.

Update at 19.58
1 month ago

Rains start again, then stop! Both India and Pakistan players on the field. Action resumes. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Imam-ul-Haq.

Update at 19:38
1 month ago

The covers back on the field. Let's hope that they come of as soon as possible.

Update at 19:29
1 month ago

Stellar knocks from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli power India to 336/5 in their 50 overs.

Update at 19:15
1 month ago

Pakistan pulling things back after the rain break as Mohammad Amir scalps Virat Kohli.

Updated at 19:07
1 month ago

Guess what happened in Manchester? The legend met the future legend.


Updated at 19:04
1 month ago

Action will resume at 19:10 PM IST.

Update at 19:00
1 month ago

The fans can relax as there is good news coming out from the middle.


Updated at 18:47
1 month ago

After Rohit Sharma had scored his second century of this World Cup, here's what the Player of the Tournament of the 2011 World Cup had to say about the Hitman on Twitter.


Update at 18:26
1 month ago

As the rain has interrupted the play between India and Pakistan at Manchester, veteran Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina has come forward to congratulate Virat Kohli for completing 11,000 ODI runs.


Updated at 18:18
1 month ago

Rain interrupts play as India cruise towards a big total.

After 46.4 overs, India are 305/4 with Kohli unbeaten at 71. 

Update at 18:11
1 month ago

Kohli still at the crease as India reach past the 300-run mark.

Update at 18:07
1 month ago

Amir removes MS Dhoni as Pakistan seem to pull things back in the death overs.

Update at 18:04
1 month ago

Indian skipper Virat Kohli becomes the fastest batsman to reach 11,000 runs.


Update at 18:00
1 month ago

Mohammad Amir scalps a well-set Hardik Pandya

Updated at 17:57
1 month ago

After Rohit's spectacular century, skipper Virat Kohli joins the party with a superb 50.

Update at 17:37
1 month ago

Rohit Sharma departs after scoring a blistering 113-ball 140.


Update at 17:32
1 month ago

Here's how the Manchester crowd reacted after the Hitman got to his century.


Update at 17:16
1 month ago

India reach 200 in the 35th over.

Update at 17:03
1 month ago

Rohit Sharma's 24th ODI  ton puts India in command against Pakistan.


Update at 16:38
1 month ago

KL Rahul departs after scoring a solid half-century

Update at 16.29
1 month ago

KL Rahul also bring up his fifty! The Karnataka batsman played a contrasting knock as compared to his partner Rohit Sharma, but what's important is that the partnership is unbroken!

India 128/0 after 22.3 overs.


Update at 16.08
1 month ago

Highest 1st wicket partnership in an India vs Pakistan World Cup match! Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul add a 100-run opening stand after 17.3 overs.


Update at 15:56
1 month ago

How can the India-Pakistan rivalry be completed without this man.?


Update at 15:53
1 month ago

Hitman Rohit Sharma's quickfire fifty gets India off to a flier.


1 month ago

India get to their first 50 riding on a solid opening stand from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul.

After 10 overs, India are 53/0.

Update at 15:37
1 month ago

Mohammad Amir has been issued two warnings for running down the pitch. 


Update at 15:27
1 month ago

Indian openers accelerating after a cautious start. 

After 6 overs, India are 32/0.

Update at 15:14
1 month ago

Indian openers keep the score ticking.

After 3 overs, India are 11/0.

Update at 15:05
1 month ago

Mohammad Amir starts off with a maiden. 

India are 0/0 after the first over.

Update at 15:00
1 month ago

The much-awaited clash is about to begin as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are out in the middle and will be up against Mohammad Amir.


Update at 14:45
1 month ago

The Indian fans are jubilant and why won't they? After all, it's the big-ticket clash of this World Cup.


Update at 14:43
1 month ago

Indian skipper Virat Kohli would have also wished to bowl first had the coin landed in his favour. However, since India will be batting, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed will be hoping that his bowlers make good use of the overcast conditions and make early inroads in the contest

Update at 14:38
1 month ago

Here are the Playing XI of both sides.


Update at 14:35
1 month ago

Pakistan win the toss and will be bowling first. 


Update at 14:29
1 month ago

Fasten your seat belts as the toss is just a few minutes away.


Update at 14:23
1 month ago

As the fans will be treated to watch the high-octane clash which will be featuring the star players on both sides, here are a couple of stars who present at the venue.


Update at 14:11
1 month ago

King Kohli looks relaxed ahead of the high-voltage clash against Pakistan which is about to begin in some time.


Update at 14:05
1 month ago

What should India do after winning the toss? 


Update at 13:42
1 month ago

As the fans are gearing up for a high-octane blockbuster clash, here's something that they should also need to be prepared for.


Update at 13:12
1 month ago

Here's how the mood is as we are just a few hours away from witnessing yet another high-octane contest between India and Pakistan. 


Update at 13:09
1 month ago

Ahead of the epic clash against Pakistan, here's what Hardik Pandya feels about the big occasion.


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Update at 12:28 pm
1 month ago

Fans gear up for the biggest World Cup clash in Manchester. Watch the video right here.


Update at 12:26 pm
1 month ago

Fans back Team India ahead of their mouth-watering clash against Pakistan.


Update at 12:12 pm
1 month ago

Ahead of the high-voltage clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, here are Virat Kohli's top memories of playing against Pakistan.


Update at 12:05
1 month ago

Bharat Army has a special dedication for one of Team India's star all-rounder Vijay Shankar. Listen to this awesome song right here.


Update at 12:02
1 month ago

We are just a few hours away from the high-octane blockbuster clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. Team India's 12th man Bharat Army have put on their dancing shoes and seem confident about yet another electrifying performance from the Men In Blue.


1 month ago

A cricketing rivalry that transcends beyond the realms of 22-yards will be reignited when India and Pakistan square off in a World Cup encounter that could have fascinating sub-plots with Rain Gods threatening an anti-climactic twist.

The escalating cross-border tensions between the two neighbouring nations add to the intrigue with KL Rahul's technique being tested by Mohammed Amir and Wahab Riaz's skills finding more than a match in a colossus like Virat Kohli.

Even if they feel that it's just another game, perhaps all players in their hearts know that this is a special match even if at times the reason in purely non-cricketing.

No wonder Sachin Tendulkar urges Indian batsmen to be more aggressive against a skillful Amir unlike 2017 Champions Trophy while skipper Kohli speaks about having an "ideal mindset" even if the first-timers may find the "occasion intimidating".

The narrative of Indo-Pak duel is such that irrespective of whether it is a World Cup game or not, it creates heroes or villains for life in the eyes of fans.

Ajay Jadeja's assault of Waqar Younis in the 1996 World Cup quarterfinal or Salim Malik's 72 off 35 balls in a tough run chase that stunned the 90,000 plus at Eden Gardens in 1987 are the stuff of legends.

People remember these matches while forgetting that both were proven match-fixers, who brought the game into disrepute.

Chetan Sharma, despite a World Cup hat-trick and five-for in a Lord's Test, is remembered for Javed Miandad's last ball six in Sharjah in 1986. He was a far better bowler than that to live with a curse of a full-toss.

Hrishikesh Kanitkar's international career wouldn't possibly deserve a footnote but people still remember him fondly because of his last ball boundary off Saqlain Mushtaq, under fading lights in Dhaka in 1998.

Both defy logic but since when have fans cared about logic.

For them, this is 'The Match' and there's a binary feel to it. Either you win or lose. Everything else is forgotten duly.

Or else it is difficult to justify why fans are ready to buy over-priced tickets being sold on black even after factoring in that weather could possibly ruin things and they might lose out on a lot of money.

The exponential increase of media frenzy always hypes it up at insane level even though all the six World Cup duels that India have won have been pretty one-sided.

The Bengaluru quarter-final in 1996 or Mohali semi-final in 2011 were exciting but it didn't go down to the wire.

But with no bilateral series being played for years now, each match despite being lop-sided has had a certain novelty attached with it.

On the field, Amir's first spell will certainly keep his team interested after a brilliant performance against Australia. Rahul and Rohit, both of whom have minimal footwork in beginning of an innings, will try to be more assertive.

Kohli has always enjoyed a fabulous track record against Pakistan, having scored a hundred in the 2015 game at Adelaide.

A hundred is due and Indian captain's sense of occasion makes him a big contender for a three-figure mark.

It will be a test of temperament for the youngsters like Hasan Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi, who have hardly bowled to the world's best batsman.

The Old Trafford looks good for batting even though conditions will aid both seam and swing.

India's middle-order will have a role to play in the game. Dinesh Karthik's experience was supposedly the choice of the team management in the last game but that was factoring in a curtailed game.

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In case of a full game, Vijay Shankar could be the No 4 if India wants a few overs of seam-up stuff from him or else stick to Karthik, who has more experience of pressure situations.

The seaming conditions and Pakistan's comfort against spinners might prompt Kohli to drop one among Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav and go for Mohammed Shami, who could be devastating in these conditions.

Jasprit Bumrah will have a score to settle against Fakhar Zaman, bowling against whom, the last thing he would not want is to overstep.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar would like to bowl that probing off-stump line which can keep opposition best bet Babar Azam at bay.

Mohammed Hafeez's years of experience will be up against Hardik Pandya's panache.

Last but not the least, India's 'Man of all seasons' Mahendra Singh Dhoni will "lead" from the back and that will be the team's trump card.


India: Virat Kohli (captain), KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohmmed Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan.

Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Shahdab Khan, Mohammed Hafeez, Mohammed Hasnain, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Mohammed Aamir, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Asif Ali.

Match Starts at 3 pm IST.

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