Recent Sri Lankan experience gives Pakistan an edge over India: skipper Babar Azam -
Recent Sri Lankan experience gives Pakistan an edge over India: skipper Babar Azam
Posted 09 Sep 2023 02:55 PM


Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Saturday said the recent experience of playing in Sri Lankan conditions will give his team an edge over India in Sunday's Asia Cup Super 4 match.
Several Pakistani players have played in Sri Lanka since the Test series in July, followed by the Lankan Premier League and bilateral ODIs against Afghanistan.
"Considering the consistent cricket we play in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, you can say we have an edge (over India)," Babar said at the pre-match press conference.
"We played here in Sri Lanka for the last two months. We played Tests, played a series with Afghanistan, and then the LPL… So you can say we have an advantage."

Babar's team had to shuttle between Sri Lanka and Pakistan due to the tournament schedule, but the right-handed batsman didn't read too much into it.
"We always knew the schedule and the number of trips. That's why it's important how we take care of our players. We all planned well, he said.
The Pakistani pacers have been very successful in the Asia Cup, with Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah taking 23 wickets from just three matches so far. However, Babar urged his spinners to join the party in the central circles so that the pressure would not slip away from the opponents.
"Yes, we get a good start (with the ball) and the plan is always to bowl well in the semi-finals. The effort is to create an effective combination. We need goals in the midfield but we are not getting them.
“But you see we finished well. Our Packers do well at the end. It's a team effort. If one fails, the other bowler will chip,” said Babar.

This will be the second time that India and Pakistan will meet each other in the tournament after the league match at Pallekele.
Babar hoped the clear weather would continue on Sunday. "We will focus on what is under our control. As the sun is shining, I don't think it will rain much (tomorrow). We will try to train as much as possible," he added.

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