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Clouds hang over the big fight ? India, Pak match

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PTI | By Kadambari Murali
UPDATED ON SEP 19, 2004 02:27 PM IST

"The players write the story, not me," said Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer on Friday. But in this big clash, it could well be the weather. Saturday morning began in ominous fashion for India. It rained. Chilly winds were running through town. And the mood and feel of Edgbaston on the eve of what is arguably the biggest game of this Champions Trophy, was what it has been throughout this tournament -- grey.

But by afternoon, the perennial drizzle of the morning had stuttered to a stop and the sun was making a brave effort to bring some cheer to Camp India. But the covers were still on and as Sourav Ganguly said later, no one has a clue what the wicket is like. "I haven't had a chance to see the wicket at all these last few days because the covers haven't been off," he said.

But unlike Inzamam, who said whoever won the toss would "straightway get a 20 per cent advantage because of the weather", he said he wasn't too worried about the way the coin would fall. "It'll all depend on the pitch."

What would really be worrying the Indian camp would be the off chance that the match is rained out. Pakistan are ahead of India on net run-rate after both beat Kenya in contrasting fashion. Rain has been predicted these next two days but it's likely there will be sessions of play interrupted by the weather. A difficult match in every way.

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