Asia Cup: Pak to play Sri Lanka

Pakistan will play Sri Lanka on Wednesday in the Super League match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Colombo:Pakistan will look to record a confidence-boosting win when they clash with Sri Lanka in their opening Super League match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here tomorrow. Though Pakistan emerged as champions in group-A, the day night encounter against the hosts will be their first big match after the humiliating loss to traditional rivals India in March and captain Inzamam-ul Haq is keen to maintain their winning run in the six-nation tournament. The frontline Pakistani batsmen seemed to be in good touch in the first two matches against Bangladesh and Hong Kong but the real test will come tomorrow when they face the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas. The hosts, who choked the Indians by 12 runs on Sunday to emerge as group-B champions, will be relying on home advantage to put it across the Pakistanis who are in the process of rebuilding the team under new coach Bob Woolmer. Woolmer took over the reins after Javed Miandad was unceremoniously dumped following the humiliating one-day and Test defeats at home against India and has already tried out a few new tricks to rejuvenate the team. Inzamam is aware that the real test for his team begins now and wants his boys to keep the momentum going. "The first match in the super league is important. If we win, our confidence will soar for the game against India", he said. (PTI)

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