Old foes resume rivalry - India v Pakistan

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has insisted it will be a united India that faces Pakistan when cricket's biggest rivals meet in their Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on Sunday.

While the events can not be ignored, sport has a knack of being a welcome distraction, so let's turn our focus to the field, where we'll bring you live updates from what is expected to be a feast. Often it is Pakistan's bowling that is termed stronger.

Edgbaston will be hosting the two arch-rivals for the third time this Sunday as part of the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy.

On the other hand, Pakistan's batting is more or less settled.

Yet for all that players on both sides have tried to label Sunday's clash as "just another game", the fact is someone always has something to lose in an India-Pakistan match, a fixture that commands the attention of billions round the world let alone in the two cricket insane sub-continent. The fifteen players in the Indian squad have almost twice the number of ODI caps, runs and hundreds as compared to the aggregate in the Pakistan squad.

"Why was it left until the last minute, when a major worldwide tournament was imminent?" Shikhar Dhawan, 3. Virat Kohli (captain), 4.

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All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary of the match from 2.30 p.m. onwards.

Cut to Pakistan, Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad are talented but they are not as prolific as the Indian duo as their averages of 38 plus and 33 plus will suggest. Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram made their name in Indo-Pak contests and created a legacy. "He bowls what I call the "Pakistani Yorker" nearly at will". Kedar Jadhav, 7. Hardik Pandya, 8. But Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Shami and Umesh also combine to form a quality attack. Within the dressing room, it's unbelievably calm.

But, according to the weather reports, the rain could play a spoilsport in the contest.

Although Harbhajan felt that Indian players are under more pressure while playing Australia or South Africa, a match against Pakistan is still a special occasion. Kohli and Aamir had very similar beginnings as cricketers - they were both the young genius of their teams, a player who would carve the future of the nation's cricket. Once he gets used to the conditions, he can take on any bowler, be it a spinner or a fast bowler.

"For me, bowling to Kohli was always a challenge and Pakistani bowlers would have to be on top of their game against him". But once you step on to the field, you forget who is watching you.

In recent times, however, the rivalry between the two cricketing giants has been one sided with India enjoying the lion's share of positive results.

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