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India vs Pakistan: More than just cricket at the World Cup

Updated : 2019-06-15 12:50:59

It's the contest for continental supremacy played on a global stage. It's the mini-title game of the World Cup group stage for more than 1 billion people in two cricket-crazed countries — the nuclear-armed neighbors India and Pakistan. "It's a marquee event all over the world," India captain Virat Kohli told World Cup broadcasters earlier this week. "The frenzy around it is a bit intimidating for the guys doing it for the first time, but for us it's about being professional as always, do the basics right and look to get a result." India, which has won all six times the countries have met at the Cricket World Cup, will face Pakistan on Sunday. India responded by comprehensively winning both their head-to-head encounters at last year's Asia Cup.

Pakistan's captain Sarfaraz Ahmed leaves the field after being dismissed during the Cricket World Cup match between England and Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Pakistan's captain Sarfaraz Ahmed leaves the field after being dismissed during the Cricket World Cup match between England and Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Pakistan's captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, center, and teammates leave the field after their win over England in the Cricket World Cup match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Pakistan's captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, center, and teammates leave the field after their win over England in the Cricket World Cup match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, Monday, June 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates after winning the Cricket World Cup match between India and Australia at the Oval in London, Sunday, June 9, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
India's captain Virat Kohli celebrates after winning the Cricket World Cup match between India and Australia at the Oval in London, Sunday, June 9, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A Pakistan fan wearing his teams colors and sunglasses waits for the start of the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Pakistan at the County Ground in Taunton, south west England, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A Pakistan fan wearing his teams colors and sunglasses waits for the start of the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Pakistan at the County Ground in Taunton, south west England, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Pakistan fans hold up placards supporting their team during the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Pakistan at the County Ground in Taunton, south west England, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Pakistan fans hold up placards supporting their team during the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and Pakistan at the County Ground in Taunton, south west England, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
India's captain Virat Kohli bats in the nets during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
India's captain Virat Kohli bats in the nets during a training session ahead of their Cricket World Cup match against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
An Indian fan displays an apple with the Cricket World Cup logo embossed on it after rain delayed start of the match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
An Indian fan displays an apple with the Cricket World Cup logo embossed on it after rain delayed start of the match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
An Indian fan looks skywards as it rains delaying start of the Cricket World Cup match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
An Indian fan looks skywards as it rains delaying start of the Cricket World Cup match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England, Thursday, June 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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