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India won the World Cup for the second time in 2011 on their home soil Getty

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India will take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their opening Group B fixture of the 2015 ICC World Cup at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

Where to Watch Live

The match starts at 3am GMT. Live coverage is on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for live streaming link.

Overview

The clash between India and Pakistan is always going to be an exciting one and when these two teams face each other at the biggest stage in cricket, the stakes are much higher. The defending world champions have not lost to their neighbours in a World Cup fixture.

The last time these two teams met down under was in 1992 where India defeated Pakistan, but were knocked out of the group stages and Pakistan went on to win the World Cup that year.

India will be looking to extend their unbeaten run against Pakistan in the World Cup when they face them in the first match on Sunday. However, MS Dhoni's side have major injury concerns over their key bowlers.

Ishant Sharma is already ruled out of the World Cup and he has been replaced by Mohit Sharma. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is fighting to be fit for Sunday fixture and he could be joined by Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav to lead India's pace attack.

Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal
Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal guided Pakistan to victory in the warm up match.Getty

Meanwhile, on the other hand, Pakistan will be looking to end their winless streak against India in order to start the 2015 World Cup on a brighter note. Haris Sohail may be used as an extra batsman as Sarfraz Ahmed could be dropped, meaning Umar Akmal will be given the role behind the stumps.

Betting Odds (888Sport.com)

  • India to win: 5/9
  • Pakistan to win 29/20

What They Say

MS Dhoni (India captain): "What's brilliant about this team is you don't need to calm nerves. They've got a fair amount of experience, all of them."

Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan captain): "You just don't take anything into the ground when you are playing against India. You don't have to worry about what's happening outside, what's going on in the countries. I think you need to focus on your game, go there, and play your best."

Team News

India

Possible XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Stuart Binny, R Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav

Pakistan

Possible XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Ehsan Adil/Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan