After facing humiliating defeats against India in the initial stage of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has insisted that his side will defeat the arch-rivals in the finals and clinch the trophy.
After losing to arch-rivals India by eight wickets in the group stages, Pakistan suffered another an embarrassing nine-wicket loss in the Super Four stage against Rohit Sharma and co.
Speaking ahead of what is a virtual semifinal against Bangladesh, Arthur expressed confidence in his side and said that Pakistan will bounce back to beat Bangladesh in the must-win game to eventually beat India in the final of the tournament.
“Pakistan will win their last Super Four game against Bangladesh on Wednesday,” Arthur said while speaking to Geo News. “They will win and compensate for their two losses against India by beating them in the final,” he added.
The South African, however, refused to accept the fact that the team’s “switch was off’ during the Super Four game against India.
“Switch off is a harsh term,” Arthur said, adding, “We could not bring the Indian bowling under pressure with our batting. We needed to take early wickets against India, however, we lost the chance due to our fielding,” he added.
“If we had taken early wickets, the situation would have been different…India outclassed us completely,” he further said.
The finals of the tournament will be played on Friday in Dubai.