COLOMBO (Agencies) - Captain Shahid Afridi is confident his players will be able to handle the pressure during Saturday's crucial World Cup Group A encounter against Sri Lanka. Pakistan and Sri Lanka will play in their first big match of the 2011 World Cup when they clash at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday. The 30-year-old Afridi believes his team are well equipped to deal with the challenge. "It will be a good game. If we bowl well, bat well and go in with positive body language, we will handle every pressure," Afridi said. The Pakistan skipper admitted that veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan and fast bowler Lasith Malinga will play crucial roles with the ball for the hosts. "We know the importance of the match and I am confident that we are up to the Sri Lankan challenge, whether it's Malinga or Muralitharan," he added. "In Sri Lankan conditions and pitches, he (Muralitharan) is always very dangerous and he could probably turn the ball on a marble. He has so much experience, knows conditions well and that's why he is the best. "Malinga is a very good bowler but he is coming back from an injury, so let's see how strong he is and how much he can adjust to the conditions." Pakistan will be looking for improved performances from openers Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad after both failed during their 205-run win over Kenya.