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Feb 27, 2014
Afghanistan make their debut in the Asia Cup and face Pakistan in their opening encounter of the Asia Cup 2014 at Fatullah on Thursday. Pakistan lost their first match against Sri Lanka at the same venue by 12 runs and will be under pressure to earn some points before they face India on Sunday.
The interest that they have managed to generate by their presence notwithstanding, Afghanistan are not expected to go too far in the tournament given that they have played just two one-dayers against Test nations, losing both matches to Pakistan and Australia.
One of the big concerns to emerge for Pakistan in the match against Sri Lanka was bowling at the start of the innings which allowed Sri Lanka to settle down. Given Pakistan’s reputation of being unpredictable and Afghanistan’s much-appreciated stomach for fight, an interesting contest seems on the cards.
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