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Imam sets his sights on 'high-pressure' India game
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Imam sets his sights on 'high-pressure' India game

Imam-ul-Haq has labeled Pakistan's next World Cup fixture against India on Sunday as a "huge-pressure" game that has become a must-win scenario for Pakistan following their 41-run loss to Australia at Taunton.

Managing just three points after four games in the tournament, Pakistan sits at number eight in the points table with the situation becoming increasingly difficult for them to qualify for the semi-finals.

Lamenting the washout versus Sri Lanka that deprived them of a chance to gain an extra point and better their net run rate, Imam admitted Pakistan's contest against archrivals India had acquired more importance.

"Yes, we've had one game rained off, which was very important for us -- every game now is very important for us, so yes you can say that."

"Obviously, to be part of that kind of game, it's great. It's in Manchester, lots of Pakistani fans there -- so I'm really excited about it. It's a huge pressure game, obviously.

"Pakistan and India, there's a lot of mysteries behind that but we want to just focus on our cricket strengths and how we can get better."

'Disappointed to score fifty in a losing cause'

Imam also expressed deep regret regarding his soft dismissal during the course of Pakistan's pursuit of the target of 308 posted by Australia.

He looked well-settled, consuming 75 deliveries for 53 before being gloving a short ball down the leg-side to the wicketkeeper off the bowling of Pat Cummins.

His dismissal soon sparked a rapid collapse as Pakistan lost momentum in their chase and a procession of wickets further created troubles for the later batsmen.

A healthy eighth-wicket stand between skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz breathed some life into the Pakistan chase but the task proved too immense for the lower order as Pakistan were bundled out for 266.

"Obviously, I'm playing well, and this team depends on me and Babar (Azam)," said Imam.

"When Babar got out (for 30), it was then my responsibility and I was going well but it was not a good ball that got me out, the same as I did against the West Indies," added the opening batsman, the nephew of current Pakistan chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.

"I knew I'd spent a hell of a lot of time on a tricky wicket so I knew it wouldn't be easy for any new batsman to come in. So it was a huge disappointment.

"If I've scored 30 in a winning side, that would be great, I'd be very happy.

"As a pro, if you're winning matches for your country, that's the best thing and if you're not, even if you score a fifty, that's a huge disappointment."