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According to Tendulkar, Pakistan have a very potent fast bowling line-up, consisting of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, and they will look to target Kohli and Rohit Sharma. @ AFP

India icon Sachin Tendulkar has warned Virat Kohli‘s men to exercise caution against the Pakistan pace battery when the two teams meet in the marquee ICC World Cup 2019 clash on Sunday in Manchester.

According to Tendulkar, Pakistan have a very potent fast bowling line-up, consisting of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, and they will look to target Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

“Rohit and Virat are the two more experienced players in the line-up and Pakistan would be focusing on getting them early without any doubt as that opens the game for them.

“Amir and Wahab Riaz will definitely target their wickets early on,” Tendulkar told India Today after India’s match against New Zealand was washed out at Trent Bridge. (ALSO READ: Shikhar Dhawan will be in a plaster for a couple of weeks: Kohli)

“But Rohit and Virat should also be looking to play long innings. The plan should be that the rest of the guys play around them,” he added.

Amir was brilliant against Australia in the match that Pakistan lost by 41 runs in Taunton. The left-arm pacer returned with figures of 5/30 and made sure the defending champions could not set a total of around 350, which looked highly probable at one stage of the game.

Tendulkar advised Indian batsmen not to have a negative mindset against Amir and play their natural game.

“I wouldn’t go in with a negative mindset of playing dot balls against him. If you get an opportunity, I would encourage India to play their shots and stay positive. It’s not about survival but rather going out there and even defend positively. No need to do anything different,” said the 46-year-old. (ALSO READ: ‘Pakistan need to take inspiration from 2017 Champions Trophy to defeat India this time’)

“We need to be aggressive in all departments. The body language is important – the bowler knows that you’re in control if you defend confidently,” he added.

India will be without the services of Shikhar Dhawan who has been sidelined because of a fractured thumb and in his place KL Rahul will open the innings with Rohit.