The rivalry between Pakistan and India is the fiercest in world cricket and when they were drawn to face each other in the final group game an intense encounter was predicted.
But with Pakistan already knocked out and India safely through to the semi-finals, some of the sting has been removed from the encounter.
Nonetheless Edgbaston was sold out months ago as British Asians snapped up the chance to see their heroes in action and nobody in the ground on Saturday will be treating it as anything other than a must-win clash.
Pakistan skipper Misbah promised his side would be going all out to make up for back-to-back defeats with a morale-boosting win over their rivals.
"I think it's still a very important game. Everybody knows that India-Pakistan is always a game most viewers are looking for. Whenever we play each other it's like a final for everybody," he said.
"Fans always want to see India and Pakistan playing each other. I think still it's an important game for both teams and both teams want to win that game.
"I think as for the tournament there's no pressure on us now, so it's one game. It's a chance for us to just prove ourselves, go there and just get something back.
"As a player, as a team, there should not be any pressure on us. We should just express ourselves and go there and just try to win that game.
India skipper Dhoni agrees on the importance of the fixture and also believes the fact that Birmingham plays host to sizeable communities from both countries will make for a special occasion.
"I think the India-Pakistan game is always a big game, but if you compare it to the eighties or the early nineties, you can say it has mellowed down a bit for the good of cricket," said Dhoni.
"At the same time the intensity is still there. So I think it's very entertaining for the spectators.
"In England I still remember the warm-up game that we played in the 2009 T20 World Cup. It was a full house game and we had an equal amount of support, 50 per cent each.
"I think it's an exciting game, and spectators, especially from India and Pakistan, they love to watch a game like this, so I think it will be a full house again."