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India and Pakistan to clash in cricket as Kashmir feud lingers

More than a billion people are expected to watch Sunday's World Cup match

Pakistan's Hasan Ali celebrates taking the wicket of India's Ravichandran Ashwin in the ICC Champions Trophy Final in London in June 2017. The two countries have not played a bilateral series since the deadly bombings in Mumbai in 2008, and now only play at international tournaments.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Life in India and Pakistan will come to virtual standstill on Sunday -- not over Kashmir tensions, but over a huge game of cricket between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

More than a billion television viewers are expected to watch the World Cup group game between the bitter rivals in Manchester, England. Emotions among fans are expected to run even higher than normal, as the match follows the suicide bombing in the Indian-controlled part of the disputed Kashmir territory that killed 40 paramilitary police personnel in February.

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