The Telegraph
Saturday , March 8 , 2014
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‘We’re not wary of Malinga’

Mirpur: Injury concerns are threatening to hamper defending champion Pakistan’s chances in the Asia Cup final, against Sri Lanka, but captain Misbah-ul Haq, on Friday, said his team’s morale is so high that last-minute changes won’t make much of a difference.

Four players — Shahid Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Gul — are nursing injuries. But Misbah didn’t sound too concerned.

“The morale of the team is high with the way we have won the last two matches. The team is really confident. We hope to continue playing positive and good cricket. If you play good cricket, results go in your way.”

Misbah, however, said they would have to step up their performance to be able to halt Sri Lanka’s seven-match winning streak.

“Sri Lanka are obviously a tough opposition . We really have to play good cricket. We have to give 100 per cent. We need to get our basics right like we have been doing in the previous games.”

Misbah said they are not wary of pacer Lasith Malinga.

“Everybody knows he’s their main bowler. But, recently, we played well against Sri Lanka. The batsmen faced Malinga well, scoring runs. We are not wary of him,” Misbah said.

Asked whether the team would have any specific plan against the in-form Kumar Sangakkara, Misbah said: “You obviously have plans against the main players and also others who are contributing for the team. It depends on the day how you execute those plans.” (PTI)