There is a sense of anticipation floating all around as Pakistan is all set to lock horns with hosts England. There is a story, a context and lot of history between the nations. And there is Mohammad Amir, who will run in with the new ball across the hallowed turf of Lords, we are bound to be excited.
Both sides have exciting pace battery, and a stodgy batting line up, and are led by two hard-nosed skippers in Alastair Cook and Misbah ul Haq.
Cricket will, however, erase all doubts about the dignity of any player, well it always has. We, thus focus on the 5 most memorable encounters between the two nations. Not all match was smooth sailing, and there have been pinch of controversies all through.
#1 Lords 1992
The mention of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis evokes scenes of hurling yorkers and unplayable swinging balls. True to the images and reputation, Waqar and Wasim took 13 wickets between them. But this was not all for them, the match was not over for Pakistan, as they down on the mat at 95/8 as they were chasing 135 to win against England.
And then came the rescue act, a 46-run partnership between Wasim and Waqar sealed the game for Pakistan when everything seemed lost. This partnership also took off sheen from the debut performance of Ian Salisbury, who took 3 wickets, but was thwarted by Wasim and Waqar.
Wasim finished with an unbeaten 45 and was the man of the match for his all-round performance.