Karachi: Former captain and Pakistan manager Moin Khan has warned his wards to be wary of India when they meet in the World T20 Cup in Bangladesh next week.
“It was a big morale booster for us when we beat India in the Asia Cup but I think the Indians will be far more dangerous this time and we have to be at our best to beat them,” Moin said before the team embarked for Dhaka.
The former wicketkeeper-batsman pointed out that India would be strengthened with the return of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. “They will be a more formidable side in the T20 format and will be looking for revenge so it is going to be a tough game for both teams,” he said.
Moin added that any Indo-Pak game was a high pressure one but next week’s match would be very important as it would set the tone for both teams in the World T20 Cup.
Moin said Pakistan was taking a very balanced and strong side for the World Cup and its bowling options remained its strongest points.
“There is no doubt we have plenty of riches in our bowling department but obviously there are concerns with the form of some of our senior bowlers who didn't bowl well in the Asia Cup,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Dhaka, Hosts Bangladesh and Zimbabwe won their respective warm-up matches ahead of the upcoming World T20 with Hong Kong beating four-time World Cup participants the Netherlands.
Bangladesh 179/3 in 20 ovs (M. Rahim 59 .., Shakib 58 ..) Ireland 135/8 in 20 ovs (Shakib 2/13). Bangladesh won by 44 runs
Nepal 95 in 20 ovs (P. Khadka 27, S. Asadullah 3/15) UAE 99/4 in 18.5 ovs (S. Patil 33, S. Anwar 30) UAE won by 6 wickets
Hong Kong 127 in 19.5 ovs (M. Chapman 50) Netherlands 100 in 16.5 overs (H. Amzad 6/21). Hong Kong won by 27 runs
Afghanistan 168/6 in 20 ovs (S. Shafiq 31) Zimbabwe 173/3 in 19.3 ovs (H. Masakadza 93). Zimbabwe won by 7 wickets