Watson: Pressure is on India


Shane Watson indulged in the mind games ahead of Australia's Twenty20 showdown with India by stating that the pressure will be on the hosts to hold their nerve and qualify for the semi-finals on Sunday.

Australia knocked Pakistan out with a victory in Mohali on Friday and can also end pre-tournament favourites India's dreams of being crowned champions on home soil with another win at the PCA Stadium.

India somehow pulled off a dramatic one-run victory over Bangladesh on Wednesday when the Tigers appeared to be on the verge of pulling off an upset.

And Watson, who played his part in Australia's World Cup victory in their homeland last year, said India must cope with having the hopes of a nation on their shoulders in a win-or-bust Group 2 encounter.

The all-rounder said: "India has quite a lot of expectations, quite a few people who follow the game here compared to back home in Australia so there's a little bit more expectation on the Indian team compared to the Australian team, but both teams want to win.

"It's such a big tournament for everyone, for all of the international sides, especially a knockout game.

"It really just comes down to how you hold your nerve, and the good thing is, recently in the one-day World Cup we certainly did that at home.

"We also know that India did it very well at home in 2011 as well, and they've got quite a few of the same players so it's going to be a great game."

Watson announced this week that he will retire from international cricket after the World T20, so Sunday's game will be his last if Australia fail to come out on top.