Colombo, Sept. 30 (ANI): Pakistan will look to push India to the brink of elimination when the two rivals face each other in the World Twenty20 championship on Sunday.
Pakistan are the team in form, winning both matches in the preliminary league before stunning top-ranked South Africa by two wickets in their first Super Eights game on Friday, reports the Daily Times.
Pakistan seamer Umar Gul, an unlikely hero with the bat against South Africa with a power-packed 32 off 17 balls, said: "When we play India there is lot of pressure because our people always want us to win."
"The same is the case in India, so there will be pressure on both teams. Anything can happen. We will give it our best shot. India is a very good team, but we know each other's strong and weak points. In T20 it all depends on how a team plays on that day," Gul said.
India, winners of the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007, failed to win even one Super Eights game in the next two editions, in England in 2009 and the Caribbean in 2010.
Skipper Dhoni, however, put a positive spin on his team's do-or-die scenario ahead of the game.
"It is always good to be in a situation where you have to win every game. There is no scope for complacency and that is a good thing. You have to be at your best throughout. Hopefully we can go out and express ourselves without worrying too much about the result," he said.
India and Pakistan have played just two official Twenty20 internationals against each other, both during the 2007 tournament. The league match in Durban ended in a tie before India won the bowl-out. The two sides met again in the final in Johannesburg, which India won by five runs in the final over.
Cricket ties between the neighbours, suspended after the Mumbai attacks in 2008, are set to resume in December when Pakistan tour India for three one-dayers and two Twenty20 games. (ANI)