Zaheer Abbas: “The record is with India but Pakistan can beat any team on their day”
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Former Pakistan batsman Zaheer Abbas believes the team that “handles the pressure well” will triumph during the highly-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan at the World Cup.
Pakistan will play India on June 16 in Manchester, and the men in green will be looking to snap their winless streak against their arch-rivals as India have triumphed in their six World Cup meetings to date.
However, Pakistan can take confidence from the fact that they demolished India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy final in 2017.
Abbas noted that whichever team wins, the match between the two nations will be the “match of the tournament for sure”.
“The record is with India but Pakistan can beat any team on their day,” he was quoted as saying by the Deccan Chronicle. “It will depend on who handles the pressure well. It will be the match of the tournament for sure, no matter who wins.
“For me, the Indo-Pak cricket rivalry is much much bigger than the Ashes and like every cricket fan, I am eager to see that match.”
Pakistan will play two World Cup warm-up games against Afghanistan and Bangladesh in Bristol and Cardiff on May 24 and 26 respectively.
They will then begin their World Cup campaign against the West Indies in Nottingham on May 31.