Bollywood stars to throng high-voltage Indo-Pak thriller

Published: Friday, February 28, 2003, 3:51 [IST]
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Durban: Bollywood superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan would provide an extra dimension to the high-voltage India-Pakistan World Cup match in Centurion on Saturday, leading the fans in cheering their side in this highly-anticipated contest.

The crucial Group 'A' encounter that will decide Pakistan's fate in the 14-nation tournament has attracted several matinee idols from Bollywood who have already descended in this country, expecting an exciting contest. "It will be good to see the two teams come up against each other this weekend - that's going to be a cracking game," Sunil Shetty said after watching India beat England on Wednesday.

Shetty said since India had almost assured itself a place into the Super Six stage, he would extend his stay in South Africa. "Cricket is like a religion in India. We Indians are cricket-mad, but I don't agree with those who burn effigies or destroy cricketers' home when the team loses," he added.

Pakistan with eight points from four matches have to win both its remaining matches against India and Zimbabwe to entertain hopes of entering the second stage of the tournament whereas India is comfortably placed with 16 points from five matches behind group leaders Australia. India and Pakistan have not played each other since their face-off in Asia Cup in Dhaka in 2000.

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