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Pakistan strives to keep ODI momentum

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

SHARJAH - In-form Pakistan are seeking to build on their one-day triumph in South Africa in a five-match series against Sri Lanka starting in the United Arab Emirates today.

Pakistan last month sealed their first-ever ODI series win against the Proteas, beating them 2-1 just weeks after a 4-1 drubbing against the same opposition in the UAE.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, whose side lies sixth in the one-day rankings, two places lower than Sri Lanka, hopes they can build on their success against the South Africans, saying his players thrived under pressure.

"We have good confidence before another tough series and we hope to carry the momentum we gained in South Africa," said Misbah.

"It is the Pakistan team's quality that they produce better results when they are under pressure. We were under pressure before the South Africa tour and when the confidence is better we play well."

But Misbah warned his side against complacency.

"We must not relax. Complacency comes when you beat a bigger opponent so we must guard against that because Sri Lanka know these conditions well," he said.

Pakistan will be without lanky paceman Mohammad Irfan after he fractured his hip bone during the Twenty20 series against South Africa last month. Misbah said his team would be up to the challenge posed by Sri Lanka.

"Sri Lankans are fighters. We need to show our skills and be at our best to beat them," said Misbah.