A female fan of Indian cricket team cheers before the start of the T20 World Cup match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. AFP
The arch-rivals clash in one of the biggest games of the tournament with an estimated global television audience of up to one billion people.
"It is the most sought after rivalry in cricket and I never miss these games," Himanshu Desai, who has flown in from Harrow in England to watch the game in person, told AFP.
"I had planned this trip long ago. My wife asked 'will it be cricket or me?' and I chose cricket over her!"
A woman who came from Manchester to watch the match said: "Millions watch it on TV and only a lucky few get a chance to be at the ground. And I am not going to miss it."
Chants of "Jive Jive Pakistan" ('Long live Pakistan') and India 'Zindabad' ('Long live India') filled the air outside the stadium as fans dressed in national colours posed for selfies.
India and Pakistanin fans in the stand. Reuters
Matches between the two cricket-crazy nations are few and far between with India cutting bilateral ties with its neighbour in 2007.
"We should play each other more often. It is such a treat to see these two teams on the cricket field," Mohammad Ashraf, a Pakistan national working in the United Arab Emirates, told AFP.
Pakistan made a light work of the modest total to break their losing jinx against India after 12 failed attempts in the showpiece events. Prior to this match, India had defeated Pakistan in all 12 World Cup matches .
Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli have called it just another game, but that is clearly not the case.
"We give him the freedom to strike," said Pakistan bowling coach and former South African fast bowler Vernon Philander on Monday. "It's an asset to have left-arm fast bowlers. Shaheen is such a wonderful talent."
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