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India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup

Arabian Business goes behind the scenes of the biggest match of the 2011 Cricket World Cup

India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Excitement over the India-Pakistan semi final in the 2011 World Cup grows to a fever pitch as the game approaches (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, revered millions, is expected to shoulder the burden of carrying India's batting in this crucial match (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Fans from boths sides have been eagerly anticipating the match, which is anticipated to be one of the most watched sporting events in the world (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India's captain and wicketkeeper prepares himself ahead of the game (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Such is the excitement over the match, fans have been offering prayers and devotional offerings for their team's success (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
With tension building, even the players seem to be on edge (AFP/Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Indian cricketer Virat Kohli (L) attempts to go past coach Gary Kirsten while playing football during a training session at The Punjab Cricket Associaton (PCA) Stadium in Mohali (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Pakistan cricketers rest as Punjab police officials stand guard during a training session (AFP/Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Already high security levels have been ramped up for the match, due to the sensitive political nature between the two countries (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
The Pakistan cricket team warms up under floodlights during a training session at The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium in Mohali (AFP/Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi (R) bowls as coach Waqar Younis watches during a training session (AFP/Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Controversial Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar (R) stretches during a training session. This World Cup will be his final appearance on the international stage (AFP/Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Pakistan cricketers Shoaib Akhtar (L), Junaid Khan (C) and Kamran Akmal jog during a training session. The match has been billed as a clash between India's batting might and Pakistan's bowling guile (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Pakistani fans offer prayers for the success of their team in a mosque in Pakistan (Getty Images)
India and Pakistan gear up for 2011 Cricket World Cup
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) and his Pakistani counter part, Yousuf Raza Gil, take a tour of the stadium prior to the game beginning (Getty Images)