The Telegraph
Sunday , March 2 , 2014
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Will be a close match: Abbas

Mirpur: Pakistan’s chief consultant Zaheer Abbas feels it would be an intense contest between India’s famed batting and his team’s “stronger” bowling when the two sides clash in the Asia Cup, here, on Sunday.

“Both teams are very good. But they have their weaknesses. It will depend on which team plays well on the given day and make fewer mistakes. It’s going to be a close match,” the former Pakistan captain said on the eve of the high-voltage match here.

“Pakistan’s bowling attack is fiery… But I must also say Indian batting has always been superb… They will come hard at us. So expect a thriller tomorrow,” he added.

Abbas said India should not be judged on the basis of their embarrassing defeats in South Africa and New Zealand.

“New Zealand’s wickets are different… They are fast and bouncy where the home side plays very well. The Indian batsmen have always found it difficult to play on fast and seaming wickets. But, here, in the subcontinent conditions, they are always a tough opposition,” said Abbas.

“The top two teams of Asia would be playing tomorrow. You all know how intense it becomes in an India-Pakistan match... It seems the whole world is watching you. Everybody wants a good score and result.

“Everyone wants to give their 100 per cent in an India-Pakistan match. You cannot predict anything at the moment. We will see tomorrow what will be the result.”

Abbas agreed that captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s absence was hurting India but at the same time he felt India have the batting firepower especially in Virat Kohli. (PTI)