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Kohli's Asia Cup absence is an advantage, Hasan Ali


Lahore : Pakistan pacer Hasan Ali says pressure will be on arch-rivals India in the upcoming Asia Cup because of the Champions Trophy final defeat last year. Pakistan will face India for the first time since last year's Champions Trophy final, in which Hasan picked up three wickets in Pakistan's 180-run win.

Pakistan will face India at least twice in the Asia Cup, and three times if both reach the final.Hasan believes India will be under more pressure because of their defeat in the Champions Trophy final, and that playing in the UAE will give Pakistan 'home' advantage. "We are on top right now. They (India) are under pressure from the previous defeat," Hassan said.

"In UAE, these are our conditions, we have the home advantage as we have been playing here for long, and are aware of how to use the conditions. "India are a good side and I wish to take all ten wickets rather than a five-for, and make my fans across the world happy with my celebration style. There is definitely pressure but I feel good when pressure mounts on me because that is where I try to perform and help my side win."

In Pakistan's big win in the Champion Trophy final, Ali did not get to bowl to Kohli, who was snapped up by Mohammad Amir. The India skipper has been rested for the tournament. PTI

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