Australia annihilated India by nine wickets later the same evening, leaving Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men needing to beat Pakistan and South Africa to stay in contention for the semi-finals. – Photo by Reuters
Australia annihilated India by nine wickets later the same evening, leaving Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men needing to beat Pakistan and South Africa to stay in contention for the semi-finals. – Photo by Reuters

COLOMBO: Pakistan will look to extend their dominant form and put India on the brink of elimination when the old foes clash in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

Pakistan have never beaten India in either the 50-over World Cup or the World Twenty20, but Mohammad Hafeez’s men start as favourites in the much-awaited Super Eights game in Colombo.

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.

In contrast, Australia annihilated India by nine wickets later the same evening, leaving Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men needing to beat Pakistan and South Africa to stay in contention for the semi-finals.

But if Australia beat South Africa and Pakistan defeat India in Sunday’s double-header, both winners will advance to the semi-finals from what was billed as the “group of death”.

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.”

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 sold-out game at the 35,000-capacity Premadasa Stadium.

“It is always good to be in a situation where you have to win every game,” he said.

“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.”

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.

Before the current showpiece started, Pakistan defeated India by five wickets in a practice match in Colombo on September 17, with Kamran Akmal smashing an unbeaten 92 off 50 balls.

Pakistan, chasing India’s commanding 185-3, slipped to 91-5 before Akmal and former captain Shoaib Malik turned the game around with a brilliant unbroken stand of 95 off 46 balls.

Akmal plundered six sixes, including the winning shot off seamer Irfan Pathan which sailed over the cover fence. Malik remained unbeaten on 37 off 18 balls.

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.

Updated Sep 29, 2012 08:54am

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Sep 29, 2012 04:31pm
i pray,,,,,,,,,pakistan team will do good something tomorrow and will not disappoint his crowd..............good luck team pakistan.
Sep 29, 2012 03:54pm
fielding is imperative .if pakistan do best at fielding pakistan will thwart india easily.
Fida Sayani
Sep 29, 2012 10:06am
Pakistan must win, should win because victory is ours.
Sep 29, 2012 04:01pm
How has Pakistan been always a better team in any format of game !!! If so why you loose in every WC ? IEven the last time India toured Pakistan, India defeated you. You suffer from delusions. India will thrash your team. Wait and watch.
Dr. Yahya Khan
Sep 29, 2012 04:04pm
Well, nothing can be said with certainty about the Sunday game. Game should be taken as a game only.
Sep 29, 2012 04:08pm
Pakistan will beat India like a crazy mad Bull ! It's long overdue baby,,,,,,
Sep 29, 2012 09:28am
Itz Gona be a Tight match, Pakstan team is Favourite for Tomorow match, Hoping for a Thrilling match Betwen two Rivals, Best of Luck for Both Teams,,, No Dobut india is Good team but Tomorow is more pressure Game for India as comapare to pakistan,,,,Hope both team will do well in Combat,,,Gud luck for Both team,,
Sep 29, 2012 04:27pm
Is it you who distributes the "quota" of luck?
Sep 29, 2012 04:19pm
History is on India's side, but Pakistan has the X-factor.
Sep 30, 2012 03:33am
you DONT really mean that. Do you?
M Sajid
Sep 29, 2012 09:44am
Pakistan batting line needs a discipline. They should know, if chasing a target, what is required per over and then bat accordingly. While chasing a small total of 133 against South Africa, there was no need to start the innings with 4s & 6s. Single on each ball would have suffice couples with on-ground attempts for 4s. Coach, manager and other seniors of the team should plan such tactics.
Sep 30, 2012 05:54am
bring Balaji, Sehwag in, and get chawla and Harbhajan out.
Wasim Akhtar
Sep 29, 2012 09:56am
Best of luck Pakistan. This time you have to beat India...
Sep 30, 2012 06:30am
This is pakistan's day, go all the way boys.
Mohammed Yahya USA
Sep 30, 2012 06:32am
well guys lets keep sportsmanship alive, try to keep politics away from this, sensible comments are fun to read, may the best team win, hope they keep the cup in Indo-Pak.
PK fan
Sep 29, 2012 01:20pm
I am a Pakistani cricket fan.Naturally I would want Paksitan to win.But I do think India are strong and have the upper hand.Pakistan have played and fought well but they have to play better and fight much harder.And please play hard and well to avoid elemination yourself dear Pakistan team and not to play to eliminate India. Good Luck to both teams.
Sep 29, 2012 09:31am
beware of akmal, that's all...
vishwajeet kumar
Sep 30, 2012 06:52am
Today INDIA will bat first and will give a massive total of 200+ without loss.....!!! And pak will be crushed to about 97 all out..We beleive Indias strong come back in every department..pakistan may win with any other team and become happy but when it comes to play with India then there air comes out like a baloon filled with air being injected by neddles..Good luck to both teams Specially To my GREAT INCREADABLE INDIA..
vishwajeet kumar
Sep 30, 2012 06:40am
I agree with u yaar,,,there shouldn't be any politics!!
Azhar Nadeem
Sep 29, 2012 09:02am
Poor Indians were really at mercy of match
Sep 29, 2012 09:19am
I think Pakistan is favourite for Sunday cricket match between Pakistan and India as Pakistan beaten South Africa in their first match of super 8 round and India lost their match against Australia.
Sep 29, 2012 02:17pm
A useless team like India even playing in T20 is big joke...Pakistan would be very happy facing idiots.
Sep 30, 2012 12:50pm
i agree with u ,you said very true lines
Sep 30, 2012 11:19pm
Neither I have a big mouth, nor I suffer from convulsions. I hope now you understand what I meant ?
Sep 30, 2012 11:16pm
Now the match is over and India won it with authority. I repeat that this current Indian team is better, and unless you have someone doing something extraordinary for Pakistan, India will outplay Pakistan. Now let us put this behind us, and focus on upcoming matches.
Sep 29, 2012 12:39pm
India beaten by Australia, one of the weaklings of the tournament. That's why all the Indian commentators have stopped commenting on Dawn website. Anyone still reading?
Sep 29, 2012 08:04pm
keep dreaming...
Sep 29, 2012 08:05pm
who cares anyways!! this is the most boring world cup ever. Hardly anyone is interested. Stadiums are half full and no one is discussing the games in the office. ICC should plan out world cup schedules better. We had one last year and another one just months back (under 19). Both of which were won by India and hence there is hardly any appetite or motivation in Indians for this cup (going by their body language).
Oct 01, 2012 05:44am
India has given a befitting reply to this 'corrosive' caption from DAWN. Pakistan can never 'plan' any victory. Defeat comes naturally.
Sep 29, 2012 06:32pm
Indian batting is good but you don't need all 11 players to bat in T20. And then Indian bowling is pathetic. I know some people will stereotype and say Indian diet etc, but I don't think that, because if that were the reason then India wouldn't win 3 out of 6 Olympics medals in events like boxing-wrestling. Other than fast bowlers, even Indian spinners are average these days. It goes back to batting culture in India (as if who would want to make bowling effort over dead pitches in India). I remember in my childhood, everyone wanted to bat no one wanted to bowl. I think current Pakistani team is very good, last time I remember so good at the time of Wasim Akram only. I am not sure of Test-ODI yet, that needs to more time prove, still its current form makes it one of the the best T20 team on subcontinent grounds or probably worldwide.
Sep 30, 2012 05:17am
This match will decide India's captaincy..or even maybe Dhoni's career in T20, ironic that his rise started from the T20 wc in 2007
Sep 29, 2012 02:25pm
keep plotting..this is all what you can do ..LOL
Sep 29, 2012 02:27pm
India will defeat Pakistan. Pakistan needs lots of luck and they had their quota against SA. Both their frontline batsmen, and bowlers are not doing well. It is the part timers like Umar Gul who are saving them, that too against teams like SA which always choke. Ajmal is excellent, but, spinners never intimidate Indian batsmen.
Sep 30, 2012 09:49pm
The article is sold by the news agency 'Agence France-Presse' (AFP), which is one of the world's oldest & biggest news agency. A news agency is an organization of journalists established to supply news reports to news media around the globe. So, both TOI & Dawn news bought the article from the same source. And this is the reason you will find the same wording in most of the newspapers around the globe - while covering the same event.
Sita Ram
Sep 29, 2012 03:43pm
India should include Sehwag in place useless Zaheer. With the kind of Medium pacers we have India can not afford 2 seamers. India should play with 3 spinners and 2 all rounders pathan and Yuvraj. Pak had had series of one Match wonders like Imran Nazir, Yasir Hameed, mohammed Hafeez, Imran Farhat, khurram mazoor, Faisal Iqbal,Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali etc. On their day they are better than even Tendulkar but sadly their day comes only once or twice a year. pakistan rely heavily on these one match wonders but sadly they do not deliver most of the times.
Sep 29, 2012 03:20pm
Did someone call Gul a part timer ? Really you dont know much about your cricket. He is not only regarded as one of the best bowlers of the format, but also has the most wickets by a "front line" pacer. Which reminds me please explain, how has your excuse of a "pace" contingent performed until now ? And will we see all the playin xi plus the coaching staff bowling tomorrow ?
Sep 29, 2012 03:15pm
Well Said.
Sep 30, 2012 08:56pm
dream has come true kashif .... however ur nightmare just begins ....alhumdillah
Radhey Shyam
Sep 29, 2012 01:59pm
Pakistan will suffer it's heaviest defeat of T-20s this Sunday. We Indian have thrashed Pak like bulies in every encounter of World cup and this match will be no different. Shahid Afridi will play a very crucial role in Pak's defeat. mark my words.
Sep 29, 2012 02:00pm
Wish both teams good luck. I think India will win tomorrow because Dhoni's men are going to come with all guns blazing. They have no other option but to go for win. Pakistan will run for cover!!
Sep 29, 2012 01:53pm
Sep 29, 2012 01:45pm
Any thing can happen, Good luck Pakistan!
Sep 29, 2012 01:41pm
All the best Pakistan. As an Indian fan i would like India to win, but Pakistan is playing too good. Their game against South Africa is too good. If not India i will root for Pakistan. Good luck India and Pakistan!!
Sep 29, 2012 11:58am
Presume u had watched the 50 overs world cup semi final last year?? healthy comments are was indeed a bad day on field for India yesterday...Anyways....good luck to your team!!
Sep 29, 2012 11:49am
Good Luck, it can so happen that the Pakistan gets reversed plotted..
Sep 29, 2012 11:44am
Pakistani team has been always better then Indian team in any foramt of game...Similalry, Pakistani has been better in then Inda's in all world cups as well....but what important is the end result...we loose to them in any WC..., we need to be mentally strong and without external lpressures also!.... so the bottomline is no talking and no boiling the issue like we will through India out of tournament etc.and uselss statistics esp. by media.....keep your heads down...voice low....get us a positive result....and stay focused....
Sep 29, 2012 11:33am
Beat India , No pressure :)
Ahmed j
Sep 29, 2012 11:23am
Both teams are good players of spin. It will be a closely contestant match. The best team with luck favouring on Sunday wins.
Karachi Wala
Sep 29, 2012 11:16am
Pakistan need to keep the 11 that played agaist SA and I hope Pakistan get to bat first. If Pakistan are to win, beside spinners, Gul must fire up again, this time with the ball.
Don Bradman
Sep 29, 2012 11:12am
India have game changers in the batting department only. Pakistan have plenty in the batting and a few in the bowling as well.
Sep 29, 2012 11:12am
no way india is gonna win 2mmrw. the team is just not gud enough, it ends against pakistan.
S R Khan
Sep 29, 2012 11:05am
good luck to both the teams.
Ahtasham Khan
Sep 29, 2012 11:04am
I am really astonished to see the same wording of this news in Times of India, either Dawn or TOI is doing the copy paste.................
Sep 29, 2012 10:58am
I am surprised to see the heading.. They don't want to win against india but to eliminate india from WT20. However if india looses things are one or same but true sportsman want to see good match not to express personal desire to the extreme. Don't show enmity on sports.
Sep 29, 2012 10:49am
History will repeat itself again..Pakistan Can't beat India in ICC tournaments. Best of luck anyway.
Sep 29, 2012 10:53am
As usual, it will be Paki bowling vs Indian batting.
Sep 30, 2012 02:37am
Don't worry about anything. We are all praying for you. Go Team Pakistan.....
Sep 30, 2012 02:27am
Aap andherey main teer chala rahe ho...
Sep 30, 2012 01:48am
I hope Pakistan wins this decider and this lose will hasten Crickets eventual demise in my country. What a tripe is game is.
Sep 30, 2012 01:30am
Pakistan would beat India based on current form. India is still not gelling as a team unit. Dhoni's captaincy also has not been his usual inspirational. India need to bring in Unmukt Chand and Baba Aparjith directly to the India T20 and ODI Squad. Both of them are awesome players. Also please bring in Sandeep Sharma from the U19 Squad into the T20 Squad. Retire Virender Sehwag, Gambhir, Balaji from the T20 Squad. Thanks Chennai Super Kings rock! Good Luck to both teams.I wish that India gets through, cause then we can watch another India-Pakistan Finals :-) Enjoy everyone and be chilled.
Sep 30, 2012 12:51am
Sound from my heart man
Sep 30, 2012 12:45am
No just inexplicably bad logic is his game! ;)
Sep 30, 2012 12:46am
See tomarrow baby.
Sep 29, 2012 08:40pm
Yes Nadeem but he fails miserably against India. That's the point!
sardar mallik
Sep 29, 2012 08:44pm
dream on .....
Sep 29, 2012 08:45pm
I hope both teams make it to semis and then to finals, a final would be feast for the eyes to watch the game.
Oct 01, 2012 03:44am
sorry, bad luck for pakistan in every avenue
Sep 29, 2012 08:47pm
Good one!
Sep 29, 2012 08:33pm
IPL changes the mind set of Indians,the total prize for champion team of IPL is 10 crore Indian rupees while for T20 WC winners team will get the half,Indian team is only played for money...
Sep 29, 2012 06:55pm
India will winnnnnnnnnn
Khalid Palijo
Sep 29, 2012 06:29pm
There are 11 wonders for India to face and lets see who has the last laugh.
Sep 29, 2012 06:08pm
Bad analysis, Yasir Hameed, Imran Farhat, Khurram Manzoor, Fawad Alam, Azhar Ali, and even Tandulkar are not even plaing in T20, Where are you? Please focus on the T20 at this time.
Sep 29, 2012 05:49pm
Pakistan is going to loose merely due to the "cricket diplomacy" and huge betting industry. Case in point - game at Mohali in the World Cup, Misbah was the victor of orchestrated loss.
Sep 29, 2012 02:48pm
@Puneet you are totally under estimating Indian team. You never know..Anything possible in Cricket
Sep 29, 2012 07:04pm
Good luck to Pakistan Cricket Team! We are praying you all.
Oct 01, 2012 06:28am
well said bro ;)
Sep 30, 2012 05:12am
As India has very little chance to reach to Semi Finals so it will be ok if Pakistan will gift this match to them so that they will go home happily. Parosi hone ka kuch tho haq ada krna chaheya!!
Cherian (Melbourne)
Sep 30, 2012 04:35am
Looking at the current form and performance so far, Pakistan have a definite edge. However being an Indian I want luck to favour my team. Go India and all the best Pakistan.
Sep 29, 2012 10:43pm
I have marked your words... now lets see
taranveer Singh
Sep 30, 2012 06:01pm
India made a huge building on plot made by Pakistan lol
Sep 29, 2012 07:42pm
Good luck to both teams, may the best team win.Important thing is the relationship which must continue and prosper.
Sep 29, 2012 07:50pm
If you know cricket, you will know what I mean by luck. Umar Gul played best knock of his life thats why it was termed as an unlikely win. Your frontline batsmen are not scoring quick fifties and your pacers are not intimidating, and nothing outstanding about fielding as well. Victories are not clean and convincing, they just seem to be happening. Thats what I call luck in Sri Lanka that helped you reach semis in the last world cup.
Shajia Ahmed
Sep 29, 2012 07:50pm
By the way India won the 2011 WC because the Lankans were asked to loose the match to avoid any upsurge. You wait and see tomorrow. Oh yeah, with bollywood in your country you guys must be suffering from delusion not any one else.
Nadia Khanum
Sep 29, 2012 07:59pm
Absolutely. May the better team win and we don't turn it into our national problem.
Sep 29, 2012 12:41pm
May the best team win. it's a game and let's not get too emotional about it. Let's enjpy cricket without politics
Sep 30, 2012 05:23pm
OK, Match over now ! Do you want to change your reply now ?
Sep 30, 2012 07:57am
You have a big mouth Shrish. I hope you don't go into convulsions when India loses, which has been quite often during the past year. May the best team win and give us our times worth.
Sep 30, 2012 04:36pm
Let the better team win. Title is in poor taste and lack sportiveness
N.Zaidi ( California )
Sep 30, 2012 08:49am
Dont dream before the game thats the only advise I will give u my friend. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD JEEVAY PAKISTAN
Sep 30, 2012 07:19am
What a pathetic title for an article. You plan to win a match, and not plot someones elimination. That said, let's hope for a good competitive match and may the best team win
Basharat Rasool
Sep 30, 2012 06:17am
Mr. Shrish! time will tell Umar Gul is part timer or front line fast bowler. Your team afraid to defend the score of 140 against Australia because they have the good bowling options. Also one more suggestion, Indian captain always want his batsmen to score 200+ plus runs in T20 as he knows that his bowlers can't able to defend the score around 150 to 170 runs, which is not possible in every match.