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Much hinges on Manchester’s weather in India vs Pakistan

June 16, 2019
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Indian fans cheer for their team before the start of the Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan outside Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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Indian fans cheer for their team before the start of the Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan outside Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, June 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

LONDON (AP) — Much hinges on Manchester’s weather and whether or not the group-stage encounter of the Cricket World Cup achieves a result between India and Pakistan.

It was overcast and cool on Sunday morning, an hour before the scheduled toss at Old Trafford. The stadium was expected to be at a capacity of 23,500 people — tickets which could have been sold 20-times over.

India has beaten Pakistan in all six previous World Cup encounters, including the 2011 semifinal at Mohali before it went on to win the title on home soil.

But Pakistan had an upset win over India in the Champions Trophy final in England two years ago and has won more games overall in the meetings in one-day internationals.

The forecast includes showers and generally overcast conditions on Sunday, but organizers were hoping to at least get the game started on schedule at 10:30 a.m. local time.

India won its opening games against South Africa and defending champion Australia before having to share the points with 2015 finalist New Zealand following a washout in Nottingham.

Pakistan lost its opening game to West Indies, and then rebounded to upset top-ranked England. It followed that with a washout against Sri Lanka and a loss to Australia on Wednesday.

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