Chennai, March 18: Rivalries don't get more intense than between arch foes India and Pakistan and each team's zest to win is only heightened when they meet in a World Cup encounter. Luckily, India has emerged victorious on the four occasions whenever such a scenario has occurred. It might very well be that in this World Cup, the two sides will play out the tournament without meeting each other. But fans in the subcontinent are hopeful that the paths of these two sides will indeed cross.
And if all goes to a politically-correct and expected plan, that is sure to be the case. The quarter-final line-up will see the team in the first position of Group A take on the fourth team in Group B, the second team in Group A will face the team positioned third in Group B and so on. This means that as the points table stands currently, Pakistan, which is the third team in Group A, corresponds with India, which is the second team in Group B.
Now in order for this equation to remain the same, New Zealand will have to beat Sri Lanka, Australia will have to overcome Pakistan, South Africa will have to defeat Bangladesh and India will have to claim victory against the West Indies. Thus the quarter-final line up will be determined at the close of the weekend and then India will know if it indeed comes up against Pakistan in the quarter-finals (see points table).