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Pakistan left-arm seamer Usman Khan is determined to take a five-wicket haul in his side’s Asia Cup clash against India on September 19.
Usman was named Man of the Match for his three-wicket haul in Pakistan’s eight-wicket win over Hong Kong on Sunday.
Usman’s three wickets all came in the 31st over as he removed Aizaz Khan on the first ball before taking out Scott McKechnie and Tanwir Afzal on the fifth and sixth balls respectively.
The 24-year-old is excited for the upcoming fixture against India, and reiterated his desire to steal the spotlight with the ball once again.
“India is the No.1 team, they have excellent players,” he was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council’s website. “Definitely when Pakistan and India have a match, not just the players but also the crowd gets excited. It’s a big game and hopefully, we’ve prepared well enough.
“Players that do well in India-Pakistan games command a lot of respect. I want to perform well in the game. I got three wickets today, hopefully against India I can get five.”
Usman also admitted that Pakistan have an advantage going into the match in Dubai as they are accustomed to playing in the United Arab Emirates while India are not.
“Pakistan are used to the pitches in Dubai, so this is an advantage for us and we know a little bit about the pitch and ground,” he said.