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Manchester Weather Update: At the moment it is not raining in Manchester, the sun is out but there are chances of rain at 2:30 PM IST
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Manchester Weather Update: Showery spells are expected throughout the United Kingdom on Sunday.
Arch-rivals India and Pakistan go head to head in a World Cup blockbuster clash at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.
But the forecast is that light showers are on the cards on Sunday afternoon, thus affecting the marquee clash between the arch-rivals. Considering the unpredictability of the English weather, anything is possible.
Dark clouds hovered over Old Trafford for most of Saturday, a grim reminder that weather may have the last laugh. As it is, met forecasters are anticipating rain on Sunday, with a higher probability of it in the second half of the day. Clearly, the teams will have to keep it in their plans for the game as a curtailed game and the Duckworth-Lewis equation are very much on the cards.
Pakistan have the better of the overall head-to-head record between the two countries, winning 73 of the 131 one-day internationals contested between the sides, to India’s 54, but at the World Cup it is a different story.
India have come out on top in all six meetings at the global showpiece, starting with a 43-run triumph back in 1992 and most recently securing a 76-run victory in 2015.
With KL Rahul expected to open the batting for India in the absence of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, more pressure could fall on the shoulders of Virat Kohli at three.
But the Indian skipper seems impervious and has carried the team on his back plenty of times during his 11-year international career.
Kohli, ranked the number-one batsman in ODIs, demonstrated his form with a classy knock of 82 against Australia and has a healthy average of 45.90, with two tons and a half-century, in his 12 ODIs against Pakistan.
As the number one bowler in the ODI rankings, Jasprit Bumrah provides India with a consistently potent weapon.
But he will have something to prove on Sunday, having taken just four wickets in four matches against Pakistan.
An average of 35.75 against Pakistan is not in the same league as his stellar mark of 21.98 during his ODI career as a whole.
But the 25-year-old has already demonstrated his quality during this World Cup, with five wickets so far.
India vs Pakistan Live, World Cup 2019: Weather updates from Manchester – Times of India