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Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq has admitted that his side have to dismiss India’s openers within the first 10 overs if they want to boost their chances of winning on Sunday.
India and Pakistan will clash in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup, but the men in blue hold the upper hand going into the match as they crushed their arch-rivals by eight wickets when they met in the group stage.
While the loss would have been a bitter pill for Pakistan to swallow, Imam reiterated that his side can put India under immense pressure if they remove captain Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan early on.
“We have got the momentum on our side after [the win against Afghanistan] and are looking forward to the India game,” Imam was quoted as saying by The National. “India has a strong batting line-up, but their strength appears to be their openers. If we allow them to settle down at the crease they can go on to make big scores.
“We need to get them out in the first 10 overs and then we can put some pressure [on] their batting.”
Imam also conceded that his side have to be at their best in the field after they dropped five catches during their Super Four game against Afghanistan.
“It’s not only against India but we must be able to take wickets against every team to put us in a winning position,” he said. “I think our bowlers bowled well against Afghanistan. They had reduced them to less than three and-a-half runs per over at one point, but we let them off by dropping a few catches at crucial times of the game.”