ICC Champions Trophy: Pakistan not new to pressure games, says Misbah-ul-Haq

Crucial group B clash against South Africa will decide the future of the Pakistanis who have never won the Champions Trophy.

updated: June 09, 2013 20:57 IST
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London: Pakistan are used to pressure games and have produced their best on the big days, says skipper Misbah-ul-Haq. Never to have won a Champions Trophy, Pakistan face a must-win situation against South Africa in a group B game in Edgbaston on Monday. Both India and the West Indies, who play at The Oval on Tuesday, will keep a close eye on the Pakistan-West Indies clash.

Both Pakistan and South Africa have lost their first group league games against West Indies and India, respectively. A win for either team is mandatory to keep hopes of a semifinal berth alive. Misbah says Pakistan are used to such backs-to-the-wall situations.

"It's not a new story for us. In South Africa, we were in a similar situation like that in the ODI series, when we had to win the fourth ODI and our team did exceptionally well with that. In ICC tournaments, most of the time we are in similar situations," said Misbah.

"The best thing you can do is to take it game by game, and tomorrow is a game and you just need to win. Go there, do your best, and I think when you go there and try to do your best, the results are in your favor most of the time," the Pakistan skipper said. South Africa have 41:20 win-loss ratio in ODIs against Pakistan, including a 1-0 head-to-head record in Champions Trophy.

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