Pakistan and India fans brace for cricket World Cup clash

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Published on June 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:45s

Pakistan and India fans brace for cricket World Cup clash

England's Manchester gets a large dose of the Indian subcontinent as fans of Pakistan and India prepare themselves for one of sport's biggest rivalries.

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Pakistan and India fans brace for cricket World Cup clash

SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JUNE 16, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) 1.

FANS OUTSIDE OLD TRAFFORD STADIUM 2.

BOARD OUTSIDE THE STADIUM SHOWING THE WORLD CUP TROPHY 3.

INDIAN AND PAKISTANI FLAGS AT STALL 4.

FANS SPORTING INDIAN JERSEY, CARRYING FLAGS, CHEERING / PAKISTANI FANS CARRYING FLAGS AND CHEERING 5.

INDIAN AND PAKISTANI FANS OUTSIDE THE STADIUM 6.

PAKISTANI FAN BLOWING PLASTIC HORN 7.

VARIOUS OF FANS HOLDING INDIAN FLAG / PAKISTAN FAN STANDING NEXT TO INDIA FANS 8.

INDIA FANS CHEERING VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (JUNE 16, 2019) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) 9.

VARIOUS OF INDIAN FANS STANDING IN GANGES RIVER, PLAYING DRUMS WHILE CARRYING FLAGS AND BANNERS 10.

FANS CHEERING FOR INDIA AND INDIAN CRICKET CAPTAIN VIRAT KOHLI 11.

VARIOUS OF FANS PERFORMING RITUALS INTERNET (JUNE 16, 2019) (SOCIAL MEDIA - ACCESS ALL) 12.

TWEETS FROM PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER IMRAN KHAN, A FORMER PAKISTAN CRICKET STAR, AS HE ENCOURAGES TEAM TO PLAY WITHOUT FEAR OF LOSING STORY: Noisy India and Pakistan cricket fans brought a taste of the subcontinent to Manchester on Sunday (June 16), their enthusiasm undimmed by the threat of rain looming over a World Cup match between the regional rivals that will draw a massive global audience.

Organisers received nearly 800,000 applications for tickets at the 23,000-capacity stadium in the northern English city to watch the former champions who play each other only in global tournaments because of their soured political relations.

Another one billion are expected to watch it on television.

The Old Trafford cricket ground had a festive feel with fans from both sides wearing replica jerseys, colourful headgear and sounding hooters as they began trooping in.

Pakistan have never beaten India in a World Cup but Sarfaraz Ahmed's men received encouragement from Prime Minister Imran Khan, the former cricketer who led the country to their maiden World Cup trophy in 1992.

The nuclear-armed neighbours have gone to war three times since independence in the mid-20th century - and another conflict nearly erupted earlier this year, heightening the tensions around the action on the field.

India are favourites going into the game and started the game with a solid batting game with Rohit Sharma hitting a century.

In India, fans were seen performing religious rituals at various places, including the River Ganges, praying for their team's continued dominance over their neighbours at the World Cup stage.

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