Pakistan face Proteas in must-win match

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Pakistan will be without Wahab Riaz after he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament on Monday with an ankle injury sustained when falling in his delivery stride against India.

Gambhir responded, " Well obviously India are the front runners, they have gone in as the defending champions in the tournament.

Embarrassed by India in their opening match, Pakistan will strive to stay alive in the competition as they take on a confident South Africa in a must-win Group A ICC Champions Trophy match here tomorrow.

As in all past ICC held encounters, the body language of the Pakistani and Indian players on Sunday nightwas unfortunately givinga loud and clear message that both teams on ground were aware of the outcome even before the first ball was played.

Pakistan who lost by 124 runs in a rain-shortened match against India, next face South Africa at Edgbaston on Wednesday. "As I said, it's a clinical performance from us, from the team's point of view, yes, it is indeed a very big win".

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Gautam Gambhir was asked about a resounding victory against Pakistan and what are his thoughts on India as front runner. The tactic was perplexing for me since the match wasn't being played in the UAE!

Earlier, put in to bat first, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a flawless start as not only did they blast half-centuries each, but also went on to stitch a huge 136-run stand, thus making them the most successful opening pair in the history of the eight-team marquee event. We told them in the team meeting that there is no need to take pressure on their game. They found Indian pacers too hot to handle and South Africa too have a potent pace battery.

After failure against Sri Lanka, the skipper would look to get into the groove before the knockout stage begins.

"If we had not conceded more than 70 runs in the last four overs due to bad bowling, we might have chased down a target of 270 runs".

Once again we are left to drown in the pool of many unanswered questions: Why was WahabRiaz preferred over Junaid Khan?

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