ICC Trophy: India-Pakistan 'dead rubber' is nothing of the sort

Last Updated: 15/06/13 11:10am

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Misbah-ul-Haq: Determined to finish tournament on a high

Misbah-ul-Haq: Determined to finish tournament on a high

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq insists that any match between India and Pakistan is important, even with his side already having been eliminated from the ICC Champions Trophy.

The two sub-continental rivals meet at Edgbaston on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 10am, with Pakistan having lost their two games in Group A, while India have won theirs and reached the last four.

Even though this is a 'dead rubber', Misbah is determined that his side put up a show in Birmingham and at least salvage some pride from the tournament.

Pakistan have not passed 200 in both their innings in England so far, having been bowled out for 177 and 167.

Misbah said: "I think it is still a very important game, everybody knows that India-Pakistan is a game most of the TV viewers are looking forward to because of the audience.

"Especially in India and Pakistan... they always want to see India and Pakistan playing each other, so I think it still is an important game for both teams and both teams want to win that game.

Emotional

"It is not because there is any particular rivalry or something, but the biggest reason is because a huge number of people follow this match and understandably their emotional involvement in this game is a lot.

"That's why this game becomes a special one. You see in Birmingham, in fact the whole of UK, there are lots of Pakistanis and Indians here, and when the situation is like this obviously there is an atmosphere that is created. You just wait and see the situation here tomorrow."

India come into the game boosted by wins over South Africa and West Indies, but Misbah added: "Of course they are in good confidence.

"But still I think if you can get the breaks at the top of the order you feel pressure, because if your players are in good form in the top order scoring runs, once you get one or two early wickets the team gets under pressure.

"So we have got bowlers that can really hurt opposition, we hope that we can do that."

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