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 debut 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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