Shinwari targets five against India

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Pakistani bowler Usman Shinwari delivers a ball during the team's practice at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on March 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ASIF HASSAN

Pakistan’s fast-rising paceman Usman Shinwari has a wish – to take five wickets against India in the high voltage match in the Asia Cup in Dubai on Wednesday.

The left-armer took 3-19 to help Pakistan crush Hong Kong by eight wickets in their Group A match on Sunday before romping home in the 24th over for the loss of two wickets.

Asked if he wishes to get popular like everyone who performs in an Indo-Pak match, Usman said: ” Yes, I know who perform well in the match becomes popular. Today I have taken three wickets so my target will be to take five wickets because it will be the first time I will be playing against India.”

Usman said Pakistan-India match is much awaited.

“India is number one team, we are also a good team so not only the teams but millions of people are waiting for the match,” said Shinwari who made his ODI┬ádebut last year.

Asked would Pakistan be at an advantage with Indian team coming in separate batches, Shinwari replied: “I am getting to know this now. I thought they were here.”

Shinwari said he did limp off after 7.3 overs but has no injury concerns.

“I had pain in my toe and when I saw it was bleeding so I walked off but there is no worry. I will b ready for the next game.”

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