The result would only be of academic interest but it is unlikely to be just another dead rubber when traditional foes India and Pakistan take on each other in their final Group B match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Like every time they have clashed in the history of the game, arch-rivals India and Pakistan will be taking fresh guard at Edgbaston on Saturday.

With India already in the semi-finals and Pakistan out of the competition, the last group B league fixture of the ICC Champions Trophy will only be of academic interest.

When the Champions Trophy tickets went online for sale in April this year, it took all of 30 minutes for the allocated tickets to be lapped up. The insatiable demand from Indian and Pakistani fans will mean Saturday'sgame will be more than a dead rubber.