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ELEANOR HALL: A vicious brawl between Indian and Pakistani fans has marred one of the Cricket World Cup's most popular fixtures.

As 50,000 fans celebrated the closing stages of India's crushing victory over Pakistan in Adelaide, dozens of people clashed inside an RSL club in Western Sydney after watching the match.

Witnesses say chairs were thrown and at least four people had to be taken to hospital.

Michael Edwards has our report.

(Sound of cricket game)

MICHAEL EDWARDS: For the sixth time in a row, India came out on top of its arch-enemy Pakistan.

India's latest batting sensation Virat Kohli fired the 50,000 strong crowd up with a blistering 107.

He set the stage for India's setting Pakistan a target of more than 300 to win.

In the end, the Pakistani batsmen just weren't up to the job, falling short by 76 runs.

(Sound of cricket commentator)

Virat Kohli's knock earned him Man of the Match honours.

VIRAT KOHLI: A very important pressure game against Pakistan, obviously you know always a great fight from them we get and it's a high pressure game. So good to get that one under the belt.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: High pressure indeed.

An estimated 1.3 billion people tuned in to watch the match. It's considered the most of any sporting fixture on the planet.

India and Pakistan divided along religious lines in 1947, but cricket is their shared passion.

And for the two nuclear-armed rivals who have fought three major wars against each other, national pride is always at stake in any match.

Cricket writer Gideon Haigh.

GIDEON HAIGH: Inside the arena itself you've got a feeling as though you're sort of in a transplanted pocket of India or Pakistan. It was a remarkable part of the Australian summer scene.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Could you describe it as one of the world's biggest sporting rivalries?

GIDEON HAIGH: I think it's one of the most complicated and long running.

It's survived three wars and many temporary breakdowns in relations and it has, at times, the cricket context seemed like a metaphor for wider debates between the two countries.

Of late, the relations have been tense since the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai.

But I guess yesterday you could take as a pretty optimistic sign about the relations between the two countries, they certainly seemed to enjoy one and other's company and the game in itself was an occasion of great happiness.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: But in Western Sydney the goodwill wasn't shared by a group of Indian and Pakistani fans.

At an RSL in the Western Sydney suburb of Merrylands, a wild brawl broke out as the game drew to a close.

One onlooker captured the violence on his phone.

(Sound of fight)

In the video that was posted on Facebook, a group of men can be seen fighting and throwing chairs, while security guards attempt to break it up.

Glasses and crockery can also be seen flying through the air; one of the men involved is knocked unconscious.

Four people had to be taken to hospital.

For Indian and Pakistani cricket fans it marred what they say is a great time of friendship between the two countries.

Dr Yadu Singh is the president of the Indian-Australian Association of New South Wales.

YADU SINGH: The fans who went to Adelaide Oval, and there were quite a number of them, and from both sides, Pakistani background and Indian background, they all enjoyed it and there was not a singular untoward incident in Adelaide.

We enjoyed it in Sydney as well. Of course a few fans, probably I presume there had been some alcohol onboard, and they got into some fight.

It was unfortunate and not required and it's not acceptable and they should have really not done that.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: Are the Indian and Pakistani communities in Australia close? Do they get on well?

YADU SINGH: Absolutely, we get on very well, personally I have several Pakistani background members as my friends.

There's no tension between Indians and Pakistani background people in Australia, no tension at all.

And irrespective of the politics back home in the Indian sub continent, we don't carry on in that way here in Australia, so his was certainly really really not something usual.

MICHAEL EDWARDS: India's next match is against South Africa and Pakistan is up against the West Indies.

ELEANOR HALL: Michael Edwards reporting.