Adelaide, Feb 13: For many, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015's "final" is on Sunday at Adelaide Oval and not on March 29 at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
The blockbuster contest on Sunday (February 15) features India and Pakistan. This high-voltage match is eagerly awaited for many months now. And for numerous fans, this is the "final" and the biggest game of the tournament.
India will be confident going into the day-nighter as they have won all 5 previous encounters against the neighbours.
Here are 10 important facts about the big match in Adelaide (venue guide)
1. This will be the first India-Pakistan World Cup game without Sachin Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket in 2013. He played in all 5 previous ones (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011), winning Man-of-the-match awards thrice (1992, 2003, 2011)
2. Only 3 Indian players to have had prior experience of facing Pakistan in a World Cup are captain MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina (trio featured in 2011 semi-final in Mohali)
3. 5 from Pakistan have experience of playing against India in World Cup - skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (11), former captain Shahid Afridi (99, 2003, 2011), Younis Khan (03, 11), Umar Akmal (11) and Wahab Riaz (11). Afridi is now the most experienced as he gets ready for 4th match
4. Pakistan have never bowled out India in World Cup. India have managed to get them all out 3 times (1992, 99, 2011)
5. No Indian batsman has scored a century against Pakistan in World Cup. The highest score is 98 by Tendulkar in 2003
6. The only hundred in India-Pakistan World Cup matches came in 2003, by Saeed Anwar (101)
7. The 1st India-Pakistan match in a World Cup was on March 4, 1992 at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The other 4 venues were Bangalore (96), Manchester (99), Centurion (03), Mohali (11)
8. The tickets for Sunday's game were sold out in just 20 minutes when they went on sale last year. This game is set to break all viewership records
9. Tendulkar is the highest run scorer in India-Pakistan World Cup matches with 313 runs from 5 innings (3 half centuries). Overall, he is also the top run-getter against Pakistan in World Cup history
10. Paceman Venkatesh Prasad is the leading wicket-taker in India-Pakistan World Cup matches with 8 scalps from 2 innings (Best 5/27 in 1999)
The match will start at 9 AM IST