New Delhi, March 21 (IANS) An India-Pakistan encounter has invariably been a high point at the cricket World Cup ever since the two clashed for the first time in 1992 Down Under. The two former champions can clash in the semifinals at Mohali March 30 if India overcome Australia and Pakistan beat the West Indies in their first knockout rounds.
India, who have finished second in Group B, will have to beat defending champions Australia in Ahmedabad Thursday while Group A toppers Pakistan will have to overpower the West Indies in Mirpur in Bangladesh Wednesday before they can think of the exciting Mohali clash.
India have never lost to Pakistan in the World Cup, coming on top in all four meetings which were riveting. The only time they met in the knockout round, India beat them comfortably in Bangalore in 1996.
In the other two quarterfinals, New Zealand face South Africa Friday in Mirpur, and Sri Lanka take on England in Colombo Saturday.