Pageantry of India-Pakistan unparalleled

Updated: March 30, 2011, 5:46 PM ET
By Amar Shah | Special to ESPN.com

LAKEWOOD, Calif. -- One of them wore a green Pakistani jersey. The other had on a blue India jersey. They were friends.

Twenty-year-old Mustafa was born in Islamabad, and 23-year-old Mohamed Ali was from Pune. They had traveled from Irvine to the NAZ8 Cinemas in Lakewood near the Little India of Southern California to watch Pakistan versus India in the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal.

My wife, Tejal, and I joined them as they stood in a parking lot a few hours before ...

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