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'We would have liked to play against UAE before playing India'

February 29, 2016 23:20 IST

Mohammad Amir and Shahid Afridi

IMAGE: Pakistan's Mohammad Amir and Shahid Afridi. Photograph: Solaris Images

After surviving early jolts in the chase against UAE, Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said his team must cut down on mistakes to have any chance of beating the bigger teams in the Asia Cup. 

"Today's game showed that you just can't relax in this format, you can't relax in the dressing room. We are making some mistakes and you can't afford that against the bigger teams," Afridi said after Pakistan picked up a seven wicket win over UAE.

Pakistan allowed UAE to score 129 after reducing the minnows to 3-12 before surviving nervous moments at the start of the chase.

"I told my batsmen just play normal cricket, don't go for big runs. We thought after we took three wickets we thought we would get them out for 90-100 but they played well and some shots went off for them ..(off the edges). They played well in the end. We would have like to have a match like this before playing India," added Afridi.

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