Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against India in the much awaited Asia Cup match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said, “We want to score over 280 in the match.”
The game is the first between the sub-continent rivals since Pakistan thumped India by 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy at The Oval in June last year.
The two teams are facing each other for the first time in the United Arab Emirates since 2006, the last of their regular matches which were also held in Sharjah between 1984-2000.
Both teams have faced each other 12 times in the Asia Cup.
India have won six games while Pakistan came out as winners in five matches. One match between India and Pakistan was abandoned.
Pakistan captain also said, “We will not take that Champions Trophy win in our minds.”
“That was a different atmosphere (in London) and conditions. It was a year ago so that’s history so we will enter the ground with a new strategy and passion,” he added.
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma said his team will be looking beyond Pakistan.
“It’s always exciting to play Pakistan, but it’s not about one team as well. There are other teams also eyeing the title,” Rohit Sharma added.