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T20 World Cup: Crestfallen Pakistan face India with focus on unpredictable New York pitch

The odds are heavily stacked against Pakistan as they take on India in the T20 World Cup in New York on Sunday, though they were given a boost on the eve of the game after allrounder Imad Wasim was declared fit to play.

Pakistan's campaign got off to a disastrous start with a Super Over defeat to co-hosts USA. India, meanwhile, ran out comfortable winners over Ireland.

India have first-hand knowledge of the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium following their eight-wicket win over the Irish on Wednesday.

The ground has hosted four World Cup matches so far – all low-scoring encounters – and there are concerns over the state of the pitch. India captain Rohit Sharma retired hurt after a blow to the arm on his way to compiling 52 runs off 37 balls.

The unpredictable bounce and slow outfield have made it difficult for batters. Winning the toss could be a deciding factor, with the team batting second likely to have the advantage.

Rohit said it was vital his team kept their focus on the fundamentals and not worry about the wicket or the occasion.

"I think playing good cricket holds the key no matter the opposition. With the pitch, I think you know what to expect from the conditions, so you've got to prepare yourself in a way that you know these types of conditions are there," he said.

"We have spoken about it, about what we need to do on these types of conditions. We have had lengthy chats with individuals about what the game plan can be for the batters and the bowlers as well. You can try to control what is in your control.

"There is a lot of experience in our changing room. So, when you come across conditions like these, I expect everyone to at least try and make good decisions. Again, we are going to approach [it] how