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Misbah-ul-Haq wants winning momentum in Asia Cup

Lahore: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said on Friday he hoped his team will carry the momentum of their recent one-day winning form into the Asia Cup starting in Bangladesh next week.

Pakistan will open the defense of the title they won under Misbah in 2012 with a match against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

“For me every team is favourite [to win the Asia Cup] but we definitely have the edge as we have won our last two one-day series,” Misbah told reporters on the last day of a training camp.

Pakistan won a three-match series in South Africa 2-1 before taking a five-match series against Sri Lanka in the UAE 3-2 in December last year.

Five-time Asian champions India, hosts Bangladesh and Afghanistan are the other teams in the event, which runs until March 8.

“In their home conditions Bangladesh will also be very dangerous because, the way they played in the last Asia Cup, beating India and Sri Lanka, they will be equally dangerous,” said Misbah.

Pakistan will fly to Dhaka on Saturday.