Shoaib eyeing India revenge


Ahead of their clash with Bangladesh on Wednesday, Shoaib Malik said Pakistan are motivated to make amends for their woeful batting display against India by beating their fierce rivals in the Asia Cup final.

Shahid Afridi's side were defeated by five wickets against India in their opening game of the tournament on Saturday after being skittled out for only 83.

Pakistan had slumped to 52-7 in a pitiful innings before eventually being dismissed for their third-lowest total in Twenty20 internationals.

United Arab Emirates then reduced Pakistan to 17-3 chasing 130 to win on Monday before Shoaib (63 not out) and Umar Akmal (50no) combined for an unbroken stand of 114 to secure a seven-wicket win.

Pakistan will aim to follow that success up by beating hosts Bangladesh and all-rounder Shoaib is determined to set up a final showdown against India on Sunday.

"We want to play India in the final again and we know we can do well against them. It is all a matter of just adapting to the different conditions here," said Shoaib, who is also set to face India in the World Twenty20 later this month.

"We all know just how disappointing the defeat to India must have been to our supporters back home. We know how much emotions are involved in a match with India and we would like to make amends."

Mohammad Amir took 2-6 against UAE after taking three early India wickets in a magnificent spell and Shoaib sees the performances of Pakistan's fast bowlers as a major positive.

"I thought we also fought hard against India and Amir's spell was magnificent. The rest of the pace bowlers are also in good form so we are looking at a comeback in this tournament," said Shoaib.

Bangladesh should be brimming with confidence after responding to a heavy defeat to India by beating UAE and Sri Lanka.

The Tigers will have to do without Mustafizur Rahman for their final round-robin match after the paceman suffered a side strain and has been replaced in the squad by Tamim Iqbal.