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India vs Pakistan: Will rain play spoilsport today?

The threat of rain looms large over the high-profile contest.

India and Pakistan will go head to head in a World Cup blockbuster at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Games between the two countries, who currently only face each other in multi-nation tournaments, are always about more than just what happens on the pitch.  But the threat of rain looms large over the high-profile contest, which is expected to be watched by up to one billion people on TV.

So far, four matches have been abandoned in the ongoing World Cup, including India's last fixture against New Zealand. The game in Trent Bridge was called off without a ball being bowled.

 Manchester received heavy rainfall since two days. The pitch was under the hover cover and the square was covered by sheets. However, few hours later, the rain went away and there was bright sunshine. This has raised hopes of the cricket fans who have come in from all parts of the world to witness one of the greatest cricket rivalry.

But, it has been forecasted that light showers are on the cards on Sunday afternoon, thus affecting the marquee clash between the arch-rivals. Considering the unpredictability of the English weather, anything is possible.

It's no wonder then that officials are desperate the match does not fall victim to rain in what is already a record World Cup for washouts.

According to Accuweather, Sunday might be hit by scattered showers throughout the day.

On Saturday, there was slight relief as rain had stopped pouring in the afternoon which has resulted into dampened areas on the field.

The website further predicted that the conditions will remain overcast throughout the day with the temperature hovering around 17 degree Celsius.

With inputs from AFP/IANS

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