Friday 14 June 2013 

Video - Any Match Against India Is Important - Misbah

There may be little more than pride at stake for Pakistan when they take on arch-rivals India in tomorrow's ICC Champions Trophy Group B clash at Edgbaston, but captain Misbah-ul-Haq says he is relishing the task of taking them on.

Misbah, who averages 41 against India in ODIs, says that despite the fact that Pakistan have already been eliminated following defeats to South Africa and West Indies, the match is an important 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," Misbah says.

India, meanwhile, have already qualified for the semi-finals thanks to two victories in as many matches, but they will be desperate to notch their third win of the tournament and continue a proud record against Pakistan in global tournaments.

In the 2011 World Cup, they won in the semi-final when the two sides met and in 2007, the two sides met in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, India prevailing by five runs when Misbah was the last Pakistan batsman to be dismissed.

Video courtesy of SNTV

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