Twenty20: Johannesburg to host dream final

Updated: 25 September 2007 13:36 IST

The Twenty20 World Cup final on Monday will see India take on archrivals Pakistan in Johannesburg.

Twenty20: Johannesburg to host dream final

Johannesburg:

The Twenty20 World Cup final on Monday will see India take on archrivals Pakistan in Johannesburg.

In less than 24 hours, one of the two captains will get possession of the World Cup trophy for the next two years.

Being in a World Cup final is no doubt a tremendous achievement, but when the opponent is your biggest rival, there is always going to be talk about pressure.

"See it is going to be a tough match, there will be pressure on both teams even before a ball has been bowled. If you put more pressure on the team by saying it is an India-Pakistan match, a world cup final, it's a neutral venue. It would be better if we just play this as another match for both teams," said M S Dhoni, Captain, Indian Twenty20 Team.

Wishful thinking on Dhoni's part you could say. After all it's not everyday that India and Pakistan play a World Cup Final. India has certainly upset the formbook, even if Pakistan was always rated with an outside chance and that means it was time for a bit of mind games.

"Pakistan have been playing domestic Twenty20 Cricket for over a year now and it has become very popular over there, so they have a better idea of how to play the game and the pressures that come with it. But for us it is a new concept. And the way the team has performed here in the last two weeks has been absolutely brilliant," said M S Dhoni, Captain, Indian Twenty20 Team.

Brilliant is a word one can also use to describe the way Pakistan has been playing.

After their defeat to India last Friday, they have comeback exceptionally well to beat the likes of Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. History though is on India's side. They have never lost to Pakistan at a World Cup.

"See I don't think about things like that, that Pakistan has never beaten India in a World Cup. If I start thinking about that, then it will definitely affect our performance tomorrow (Monday) so it is best that we put in 100 per cent effort tomorrow and god willing we will succeed," said Shoaib Malik, captain, Pakistan Twenty20 Team.

Both teams have put behind them their early exits at the World Cup in March this year. India will be hoping that their batsman continue to fire, while Pakistan's trump card could once again be their bowlers.

Topics : Cricket The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
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