DUBAI - Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Sunday said his team will have to produce its absolute best in all three departments to outwit India in the six-nation Asia Cup ODI tournament.

Pakistan defeated Hong Kong by eighth wickets to make a positive start to their campaign but Sarfraz pointed out a few things which his team need to work on before they clash with India on September 19. "As a captain, I saw couple of things which we should work on. We should have finished this match with 9 or 10 wickets and we need to ball better with the new ball. Ball didn't swing for us with the new ball, that is alarming for us," Sarfraz said after the match. "We will work on it in our next practice session. To win against India we have to be at our best in all the three departments," he added.

Usman Khan was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his three wickets in an over that helped Pakistan bowl out Hong Kong for a paltry 116. Pakistan then scored 120 for 2 in 23.4 overs to win the match. "When I came to bowl in the first spell, I tried to pick wickets with the new ball, but luck was not with me.  Second spell, I got the ball to reverse swing and I managed to take wickets," Usman said.

"It's alright. I was bleeding from my feet but all is fine right now and I am fit. I just slipped a little bit so I thought it would be safe to get it checked. "I'm happy with the bowling and I managed to bowl like I wanted to. It's fun to bowl with competition, some healthy competition amongst the bowlers, and we play our cricket from session to session and give our best at all times."

Hong Kong skipper Anshuman Rath conceded that his team failed to put up any sort of fight against Pakistan in their opening fixture of 2018 Asia Cup. “There were a lot of soft dismissals and 120 is not good enough, said Rath during the post-match presentation.”

“At the end of the day we wanted to put up a fight and today we just didn’t try. Early on, it (ball) did swing a bit and there was bounce too. We did get a start, but we didn’t convert it in the middle overs. Not a good enough total. Credit to the Pakistani bowlers,” he said.

“Spinners (Ehsan and Nadeem Ahmed)were top class, but we didn’t score enough to give them support,” he said, adding that it was great to face a top team like Pakistan, “Great to go out there and face them.”