MS Dhoni will be one of the key figures in India's batting line-up at the World Cup © Getty Images
MS Dhoni will be one of the key figures in India’s batting line-up in the World Cup © Getty Images

Rarely do these days come when India meets Pakistan in a cricket match. This time it is big, as they will lock horns in a cricket World Cup match which is highly anticipated by not only the cricket fraternity but every citizen of these countries. Pakistan managed to enter into ICC World Cup 2015 winning both their warm-up encounters while India lost to Australia and managed a consolation win over minnows Afghanistan. This India-Pakistan tie will depend on the contribution of few key players who are the nucleus of their team. Varun Arora looks at the five players who will be under spotlight during the all important match. India vs Pakistan Live Score

MS Dhoni: The Indian captain will play a pivotal role as he will lead his men in the crucial tie against Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. India’s moves in the field will be curried out of Dhoni’s head and it will important to watch what strategies he Dhoni applies in the match that would be watched by the whole world. Dhoni will also have a crucial role to play with the bat. After all, he has rescued India from plenty of tough situations; this time, too, he will play a vital role with the bat. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

Virat Kohli: The India vice-captain has not scored much a lot of runs of late. His last six One-Day International (ODI) scores read nine, four, three, eight, 18 and five. He had an opportunity against Afghanistan to get some runs under his belt after a dry run in the tri-series against Australia and England but an outside edge off his bat took away the chance. Virat Kohli is likely to bat at No. 3 and his role will be crucial for India to succeed as a batting unit. Being one of the senior members of the team, Kohli has the ability to flourish under pressure; it will be exciting to see how Kohli reacts to the challenge. PREVIEW: India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Match at Adelaide

Rohit Sharma: Rohit Sharma was India’s man of the moment when India defeated Afghanistan by a margin of 153 runs in the second warm-up encounter. Rohit Sharma will play an important role in giving India an important start. Rohit has a tendency to play his natural strokes and yet look calm and composed. India will highly depend on him to give India a flying start when they come out to bat. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: POINTS TABLE

Misbah-ul-Haq: Misbah-ul-Haq has carried forward the Pakistan team with grit and intensity. He has often saved Pakistan from batting failures. In the previous warm-up tie against England, Pakistan were reduced to 74 for four chasing 250. Misbah stood in the middle like a warrior and steadied the Pakistan ship towards a victory. Often referred to as ‘tuk-tuk’ for his defensive style, Misbah can also play role of an aggressor when required. Pakistan will highly rely on runs from Misbah’s bat if other batsmen fail to fire.

Mohammad Irfan: The 7’1” towering speedster will spearhead the Pakistan bowling line-up. Indian Rahul Dravid told in an interview to ESPNCricinfo that Irfan could pose a serious threat to the Indian batting line-up. In the warm-up match against Bangladesh, Irfan had picked up a five-wicket haul and extracted good bounce from the wicket. If he manages to get early wickets, Pakistan can get an early edge in the match.

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman, but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)