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Salman feels Pakistan can break India jinx


Pakistan are well prepared to break their World Cup jinx against India here on Friday as vice-captain Salman Butt thinks with the start of Twenty20 format the tide has turned to their favour.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, a day ahead of the important clash against India, Butt said his team is capable of beating the arch-rivals.

“Our morale is high and we have been playing twenty20 matches of late. Our players are in good nick and it is a good time to win a World Cup match against India.”

Pakistan have never defeated India previously in a 50 overs a side World Cup game. “It is a different format and different teams. We have got all the chances to put up a good show against India this time,” he said.

Pakistan opening batsmen said India has also got good team. “We want to play in our usual aggressive style and that is our main weapon here in a match against India.”

He said that the team has trained hard to give a tough fight to any team participating in the tournament. “We are well focused and prepared to give a good fight against any team participating in the tournament,” he said.

In a response to a question about his own form he said he already had scored three centuries against India and wanted to continue in the same vein.

“I know I have got a good record against India what I want is to make best use of the slog overs. A good opening stand against India would go a long way in getting better results for Pakistan.”

Pakistan is unlikely to make any change from the team that played against Scotland on Wednesday.

“We are planning to field the same team in a match against India that played against Scotland unless and until any of the player gets down with illness or injury,” an official of the team.

Likely Pakistan team: Shoaib Malik (captain), Mohammad Asif, Younis Khan, Shahid Afridi, Salman Butt, Imran Nazir, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Misbah-ul-Haq.

Source:Cricket News

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