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Pakistan feeling confident ahead of India challenge

Pakistan captain Babar Azam said confidence amongst his team-mates is high ahead of their ICC U19 World Cup quarter-final against India.

Pakistan feeling confident ahead of India challenge - Cricket News
Pakistan captain Babar Azam said confidence amongst his team-mates is high ahead of their ICC U19 World Cup quarter-final against India.
 
 
The traditional rivals clash at Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville on Monday, with Pakistan considered as the favourites after recording comfortable group stage victories against New Zealand, Afghanistan and Scotland.
 
India have played patchy cricket and were not overly convincing in either of their victories against Zimbabwe or Papua New Guinea, while they lost to the West Indies in their first match of the tournament.
 
Pakistan entered the ICC U19 World Cup with a 2-1 win against Australia in a warm-up series and Azam said spirits are high.
 
"The guys have played very well," Azam said on Sunday.
 
"The group are together and we are having a good time. Our boys have performed and that is why we won (Group B)."
 
Azam – who is just 17 years of age – has been in terrific personal form at the tournament in Queensland, Australia.
 
After finishing as Pakistan's highest run-scorer at the 2010 ICC U19 World Cup, he is well on his way to achieving the same feat two years later.
 
The opener has scored 182 runs in the tournament so far, making scores of 75 and 106 not out in Afghanistan and Scotland respectively.
 
"I am happy with my form," he said.
 
"My best was against Scotland. I know there will be pressure (against India) but I want to score a hundred."
 
Azam said India's below-par batting performances – they have batted first in all three matches and averaged only 210 – was a 'good sign' heading into their quarter-final.
 
He said Unmukt Chand is the danger man for India but has told his side to treat the match like any other and not get worked up over the rivalry between the two countries.
 
"It is just a normal game. It is not the biggest match but the boys confidence is high. Hopefully we win."
 

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