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Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is confident that his side can triumph over India when they go head to head in the Asia Cup on September 19 in Dubai.
The last time the two teams met was in the final of the Champions Trophy last year, where Pakistan cruised to victory.
However, Zaman, who scored his maiden ODI century in that match, knows that India won’t go down without a fight this time around, and added that his side cannot afford to be overconfident.
Despite this, he believes Pakistan do have the upper hand in one particular aspect – playing in the United Arab Emirates.
“Every international match has its own pressure but match against India is a different ball-game altogether,” Zaman was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune. “I believe the team which control [its] nerves better will win the contest.
“We will have a slight advantage over our opposition because UAE is like a home ground to us as we have ample experience of playing cricket there.”
India will be without captain Virat Kohli for the tournament as he has been rested, but Zaman insisted that the men in blue will still be a tough side to beat.
“Kohli is a world class player but even without him, the Indian team is capable enough to mount a stiff challenge for us,” he said. “Hopefully people will get to witness a good match between the two sides.”
Meanwhile, when asked about all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez being left out of the Pakistan squad for the tournament, Zaman said: “It’s the selectors’ decision and I won’t comment on it till the point I have taken retirement from the game.”