Once again promises to be one of the biggest and most following of all matches in ICC Cricket World Cup, India will face off against arch-rivals Pakistan at Manchester. The discussions and analysis have already begun regarding the strengths and weaknesses of both teams, there is a crucial factor in this biggest encounter of this WC - the weather.
This is the outcome that no fan in either India or Pakistan would be hoping for when the two teams face off at Old Trafford. According to the Met department of UK, there could be sunny intervals changing to light showers by late morning in Manchester this Sunday when India and Pakistan take each other on. BBC weather forecast also predicts sun and clouds to play hide and seek but it stops short of predicting rain. Private weather monitoring agency Accuweather also predicts scattered clouds over Manchester this Sunday.
The Manchester game is already sold-out weeks in advance with people dying to see the two Asian giants in action on Father's Day. India have never lost in a game to Pakistan in the World Cups till date and Virat Kohli & Co will look to keep this record against Sarfaraz Ahmed's side.
The threat of rain looms large of the India vs Pakistan clash as the English summer hasn't really good to the Cricket World Cup so far. Friday (June 7) witnessed the first washed-out game of the tournament and India's opponents Pakistan were the ones to suffer as their tie against Sri Lanka was washed out in Bristol without a ball being bowled. The next rained-off tie took place in Southampton on Monday (June 10) with South Africa and West Indies sharing a point each. India's third game in Trent Bridge in Nottingham also looks in doubt as the city has been noticed large amounts of rain over the last few days and the forecast is quite for Thursday (June 13) as well.
A billion-plus fans would now be praying seriously that at least this Sunday, it rains anywhere but over Old Trafford, England promises to be a cracker of a match once again. This is the biggest clash of ICC World Cup for sure and a large number of fans much awaited for it.