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Confident Pakistan hoping to seal ODI series in Kolkata

January 02, 2013 21:18 IST

Pakistan's all-win record against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata would play a big role as they would look to seal the ODI series on Thursday, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said.

"We have some good memories as a team. Also our players have done well here. Confidence plays a big role in  cricket. If you've good record, it gives more confidence," Misbah said on Wednesday, on the eve of their second One-Day International.

Pakistan had last won a ODI series in India way back in 2004-05 but Misbah said they were living in the present.

"India-Pakistan is always an important series. We don't remember exactly when we won here. But this is a very important series. We will put together all our energies and planning to play good cricket. Each game is a new game you have to put in your best."

Misbah-ul-HaqMisbah is yet to score a century from 107 ODIs but the skipper said it does not bother him as long as he is contributing to the team's cause.

"I don't think so it makes a difference. It's important what the team needs. Winning is more important, if a century comes then it's most welcome."

A vital cog in Pakistan's ODI scheme of things, Shahid Afridi is not part of the side and Misbah said the side wants the all-rounder to return to form and make a comeback.

"There's no doubt he has been a main player of the team for so long, especially in the middle-order. Even we miss him and it's difficult to fill in the void, especially  the difference he would do with his bowling giving vital breakthroughs."

"We want his form back. And, till he comes back, we have to manage with the youngsters. Every player goes through a rough patch. But he's not out forever. He can come back anytime. He has a lot of cricket left in him," the Pakistan skipper added.

Misbah was full of praise for the promising fast bowling duo of Junaid Khan and Mohammad Irfan. "They are very talented. If they can carry on like this they would be a fine prospects and will give results in future."

Asked about the tension involving India-Pakistan match, he said: "There's pressure always in the first match but if you play more often, it becomes normal."

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