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37.2 overs into the game, and it is only now that India have taken their scoring over run-a-ball.

There is a reason, a very strong one, why Pakistan shouldn't be counted out easily in a cricket contest

50 PARTNERSHIP Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have compiled an easy half-century stand. 50 off 50 balls for the second wicket.

CENTURY No 24! Rohit Sharma carries forward his good form and stands dominant in this match against Pakistan en route bringing up his 24th ODI century. he has provided a good platform for the rest of the batting order to follow. But he himself remains the biggest threat for Pakistan going forward in this innings.

Prakash arts at work:

WICKET KL Rahul, after putting a solid stand for the opening wicket, curbing his natural game and biding his time at the crease, he out caught playing a drive on the up. First strike for Pakistan. Wahab Riaz with the wicket.

ANOTHER WARNING: Much like Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz also gets a second warning for running on the pitch. Unlike Amir, this one on Wahab seems a little harsh. Not surprisingly, the bowler isn't too impressed.

FIFTY Rohit Sharma's quick progress has allowed KL Rahul ample time to settle in. He has also brought up his half-century: his first in a world cup.

100-UP India cruising at the moment and the frustration is creeping up for Pakistan. Deepu says, "This is the 50th 100+ partnership Rohit Sharma has been involved in ODIs."

FIFTY Rohit Sharma has powered to a 35-ball half-century. He doesn't do it that quick too often. But on the pressure-match day, he had thoroughly dominated and put India in a strong position early in the game.

POWERPLAY Rohit Sharma has raced away to 37 in the first powerplay while Rahul has been extremely slow with the going so far - 14 off 31 balls.

Ahsan sums up the powerplay: Pakistan have found themselves wanting after electing to bowl first on a wicket that really isn't offering much to the bowlers. Despite an early start and skies grey, Sarfraz's decision to bowl raised eyebrows because of the brown nature of the wicket. What makes the move ballsy is his decision to take on the scoreboard pressure in a high-pressure match - it is not only the stature of an Indo-Pak contest which adds to the nerves but the necessity to win this very competition to stay alive in the tournament - despite Pakistan's history of squandering chases from the most-favourable positions.

The tale has been similar for Pakistan as it was in their last contest. With Mohammad Amir continuously hitting the challenging length, his partner, Hasan Ali, who hasn't been that impressive with the new ball as compared to the used one, has been either too full or too short which has let the Indian opening pair off the hook. Twice in two matches, Pakistan have failed to make inroads in the first powerplay after opting to bowl.

There might have been a few jitter - with a few inside edges and a mix-up in the middle of the pitch - but Pakistan bowlers have a tough task on their hands with the Indian openers now settled.

CONFUSION, CONFUSION ALL OVER Rohit Sharma wanted a second run, KL Rahul declined after a brief initial agreement. Some confusion in running but a throw at the wrong end by Fakhar Zaman ensures there is no damage for India. Sarfraz Ahmed isn't impressed.

Mohammad Amir has been given one official warning for running on the pitch already. And he does it again. The umpires aren't happy. Neither is Amir. He is toeing a dangerous line of being suspended from bowling for the rest of the innings.

Mohammad Amir has bowled well to concede only two runs in his first two overs. But Hasan Ali has failed to sustain that pressure from the other end.

So here we go... Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have walked out to open the innings. Mohammad Amir with the first new ball.

TOSS Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field, something that Virat Kohli wanted to do as well. Vijay Shankar has come in for Shikhar Dhawan. Pakistan, on the other hand, have brought in both their frontline spinners - Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim - for Asif Ali and Shaheen Afridi.

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir

BUILD UP: Hello and welcome to Match 22 of the ICC World Cup 2019 - India vs Pakistan. From the point of view of viewership and moolah, this is the biggest encounter in cricket. Even as stakes ride high, rain threatens to play spoilsport in Manchester.

One consistent and the other mercurial. India are coming into this clash unbeaten so far in the tournament, while Pakistan need a win desperately to keep their hopes strong. Pakistan have never beaten India in a world cup match, but as Mickey Arthur said, this is an opportunity for the Pakistan players to turn heroes today. What will be? Que Sera Sera.

As we wait for the toss, here's something that you can read

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