India vs Pakistan: How teams have fared batting first in Manchester

India has won twice in six attempts when batting first at the venue, while Pakistan has lost its three matches when it batted first.

A young Indian supporter poses for a photograph with a placard at the India-Pakistan World Cup 2019 match in Manchester on Sunday.   -  AFP

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed seems to have done his homework before walking out for the high-octane match against arch-rival India in Manchester on Sunday. In need of a much-needed win, Sarfaraz won the toss and put India to bat.

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History reveals that teams batting first have won only 18 out of 46 times at the iconic Old Trafford ground.

India has won twice in six attempts when batting first at the venue, while Pakistan has lost its three matches when it batted first.

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India beat two-time defending champion West Indies in the 1983 World Cup after being put into bat by Clive Lloyd in the group stage match. The last time India and Pakistan met in Manchester, in the World Cup 1999, Pakistan had lost chasing 228.

Pakistan's two wins in Manchester — over New Zealand in World Cup 1999 semifinal and England in a bilateral series in 2003 — have come batting second.

At the time of publishing this story, rain stopped play with India cruising at 305/4 in 46.4 overs. Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 140, while Virat Kohli is still unbeaten on 71 off 62 balls.