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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur is confident that his side will avenge their two losses to India by beating them in the final and winning the Asia Cup.
Pakistan first have to get past Bangladesh, with the match being a virtual semi-final, but Arthur is optimistic that his side will come out on top and book their spot in the final.
Should they do so, they will face India for the third time in the tournament.
Despite Pakistan suffering heavy defeats in both clashes with their arch-rivals, Arthur reiterated that the men in green will go on to be crowned Asia Cup champions.
“Pakistan will win their last Super Four game against Bangladesh on Wednesday,” he was quoted as saying by PakPassion. “They will then take revenge for the two losses against India by beating them in the final.”
Arthur pointed out that had Pakistan taken early wickets and put India under pressure in both matches, the results would have been much different.
“We could not bring the Indian bowling under pressure with our batting,” he added. “We needed to take early wickets against India, however we lost the chance due to our fielding. If we had taken early wickets, the situation would have been different.”
Arthur also admitted that his side’s confidence levels have taken a hit after they were blown out of the water by India in both their matches.
“The team is going through a formation stage and a huge loss such as the one against India has certainly shaken their confidence,” he said. “The loss of confidence is the reason behind our batting failure.”