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World Cup: Key players to watch out for in India vs Pakistan clash

Arch-rivals India and Pakistan lock horns in the World Cup's one of the most anticipated matches at the Old Trafford on Sunday.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, the run machine will play a crucial role in India's batting line-up with their in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan out with injury.

Kohli anchored the innings for India against Australia in their previous match, making 82 runs off 77 balls and will look play similarly against Pakistan.

Kohli has slammed 19 centuries since the last World Cup in just 69 innings and is looking to make his 20th ton as India take on Pakistan.

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Mohammad Amir

Amir, Pakistan's ace pace machine will be the biggest threat to threat to the Indian batsmen.

Amir has been the best performer for Pakistan in this World Cup and is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with ten wickets in four matches.

He took a five-wicket haul against mighty Australia in Pakistan's previous match.

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Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya, the hard-hitting all-rounder will be one of the most crucial players for India playing against Pakistan.

Hardik who almost single-handedly led India to a victory in the 2017 Champions League final, will be on Pakistan's target.

He's going into the big clash with brilliant innings of 48 runs off 27 balls against Australia on his back.

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Wahab Riaz

Riaz, who was named in the Pakistan World Cup squad just on the brink of the World Cup warm-up games, is a veteran pace machine.

So far, Riaz has been performing well in the tournament. 

With his line and length, he successfully troubled batsmen.

He has taken four wickets in three matches, while one of Pakistan's match was abandoned.

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Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah's unconventional high-arm action and ability to bowl with variations make him a rare bowler among the cricketing fraternity.

It will be Jasprit Bumrah's duty to run through Pakistan's struggling top order and provide breakthroughs at regular intervals.

Bumrah returned with figures of 2-35 and 3-61 against South Africa and Australia, respectively, in its first two World Cup matches.

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Fakhar Zaman

Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan's opening batsman may not have impressed with the bat so far in the tournament but his match-winning century against India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final will make him a player to watch out for.

Zaman will be looking to deliver another match-winning innings against India.

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