New Delhi: India is already in the semifinal of the prestigious ICC Champions Trophy but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that they won't take the match against arch-rivals Pakistan lightly.

Indian squad for 2013 Champions Trophy

Pakistan made it clear that they too don’t see Saturday’s match against India a 'dead game' and stressed that they will go all out to end their otherwise disastrous Champions Trophy campaign.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni said, "I don't think Indian team has ever played a dead game, I think it is also important in areas where we want to improve including death bowling where we didn't execute our plans correctly."

On the other hand, out of the Champions Trophy after back-to-back defeats against West Indies and South Africa, the most Pakistan can achieve from their final Group B game is a face-saving win against India, whom they’ve never beaten in an ICC tournament.
“It is an important game and will try to give our best in it. It certainly is a dead game for him (Dhoni) but not for us,” Pakistan Coach Dav Whatmore said.

 “Such a match is always important whether it’s against India or any other country. For Indians, it is different in the current situation. To be honest, to win the tournament is the number one priority even if you don’t beat your number one rivals,” Whatmore added.

Whatmore said that Pakistan need to get their act together ahead of the game against India. Mohammad Hafeez, Whatmore’s key batsmen, failed to fire at the number three position but the coach doesn’t think it was a bad idea to move the vice-captain from his position as an opener.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni lavished praise on one of his favourite cricketers 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja.
"He (Jadeja) is a player who provides us with balance in the side as we don't have a quality seamer all-rounder," Dhoni explained as he expressed satisfaction with his team's overall performance.
With Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag seeming to be a 'pair of the past', Dhoni is happy that both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have risen to the occasion.
"I think the young batsmen have accepted the challenge, Dhawan did well in the Tests, Rohit took up the challenge of opening the batting, also it helps that we have changed into a very good fielding side." MSD added.


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