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ICC World Twenty20: India will be under huge pressure against Pakistan, says Sourav Ganguly

India's 47-run defeat against New Zealand in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 is a setback and they will be under pressure for the rest of the tournament,  Sourav Ganguly said tonight.

Chasing127 on a pitch that afforded sharp turn, India lost nine wickets to New Zealand's spinners and were shot out for 79 in 18.1 overs. Ganguly said India will feel the heat now because it's a home tournament and they will be constantly reminded of the Nagpur defeat. (MS Dhoni slams batsmen after New Zealand spinners shock India)

"It is a setback. India will be under pressure from now on and their match against Australia will be a must-win game," Ganguly told Sports Today. "The pressure is back on India because it's their home tournament. They will meet people at airports and hotels and wherever they go, who will remind them of this defeat." (Scorecard)

"India will be under huge pressure against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens. It's a game India now have to win," said Ganguly. (Here's how India lost nine wickets to New Zealand spinners in shocking defeat)
 
However, Ganguly said India still have the potential to progress in the tournament and they had the wherewithal to defeat Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh.

The pitch came under scrutiny again and Ganguly said the surface was not fit for a T20 game.

"Even a Test match would have been over in two-and-half-days or three days at most on this pitch.

"The pitch spun miles. I've never seen a T20 wicket spin that much in India. The curator got the pitch horribly wrong. I don't think India expected so much turn here. You couldn't have played any shots on that surface," said Ganguly.

But the former India skipper lauded New Zealand and said the Black Caps had all their bases covered for the tournament.

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