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Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq expects 'huge-pressure game' against India


TAUNTON (United Kingdom): Pakistan's Imam-ul-Haq stated this weekend's "huge-pressure" World Cup recreation against arch-rivals India was once a must-win clash for his facet after their defeat by way of Australia.

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Wednesday' 41-run loss to the reigning champions in Taunton left Pakistan eighth in the 10-team table and with masses to do if they're to qualify for the top four, who will contest the semi-finals.

Asked if the opposite at Somerset's headquarters supposed Sunday's fit at Old Trafford was once now one Pakistan merely had to win, Imam answered: "Yes, we've had one game rained off, which was very important for us -- every game now is very important for us, so yes you can say that."

"Obviously, to be a part of that roughly recreation, it is nice. It's in Manchester, lots of Pakistani fanatics there -- so I'm truly occupied with it. It's an enormous drive recreation, obviously.

"Pakistan and India, there may be a large number of mysteries behind that however we wish to just center of attention on our cricket strengths and how we will recover."

Set a goal of 308 to overcome Australia, Pakistan were going well whilst Imam was once at the crease making 53.

But he fell in tame style, gloving a legside ball from Pat Cummins he may have left alone to wicketkeeper Alex Carey.

So upset was once Imam, he could slightly drag himself from the crease ahead of trudging back against the pavilion.

Pakistan continued to lose wickets ceaselessly and, despite a past due flurry of runs from the eighth-wicket pair of captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz, were bowled out for 266.

"Obviously, I'm enjoying well, and this staff depends on me and Babar (Azam)," stated Imam.


"When Babar were given out (for 30), it was once then my responsibility and I used to be going well but it was once not a excellent ball that were given me out, the similar as I did against the West Indies," added the left-hander, the nephew of Pakistan nice and selection leader Inzamam-ul-Haq.


"I knew I might spent a hell of a large number of time on a tricky wicket so I knew it would not be simple for any new batsman to come in. So it was once an enormous sadness.


"If I have scored 30 in a successful facet, that would be nice, I might be more than pleased.


"As a pro, if you're successful suits in your country, that is the most efficient factor and if you're not, even if you rating a fifty, that is an enormous sadness."


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