Edgbaston: Mathew and his wife Rekha Gomes drove almost 200 kilometres from London to Birmingham on Saturday morning to watch the India versus Pakistan match at Edgbaston. There were many like them who converged at England's second most populous city to get a kick out of a great sporting rivalry.
Rain however did play spoilsport, for a while. It was expected because the weathermen are fairly correct these days. But an India versus Pakistan contest anywhere on earth is not only about action on the pitch. It's also a show of solidarity against the colonial rulers. Saturday's mood at Edgbaston highlighted that aplenty.
There was a Pakistani fan carrying a placard that read: "United we stand, divided we fall." It aptly summed up the mood at Edgbaston. It was also a message for those who control the corridors of power back home and play with people's emotions.