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Paes relieved with 1-1 scoreline

"I was worried when we were 0-1 down. But Prakash Amritraj pulled us out of the hole," Indian tennis captain said.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2006 20:38 IST

Indian tennis captain Leander Paes expressed his happiness and relief after the opening two singles of the Asia-Oceania Zone one play-off tie against Pakistan at the end of which the two teams were tied 1-1.

"Considering that we were 0-1 down and Prakash (Amritraj) was trailing in the opening set against Aqeel Khan in the second singles, I can say I am happy," said a relieved Paes at the end of the first day of the rubber at the Cricket Club of India's lawns on Friday.

"I was worried when we were 0-1 down. But Prakash handled himself well after getting into a hole (and made it 1-1)," Paes said.

"I was not happy with the way Prakash played today. He did not know what to do against Aqeel Khan whom he was playing for the first time on grass and was a bit tentative.

"But when he was one break and two breaks down in the first two sets he showed who's the better player," the veteran Cup player said.

Prakash had a bout of leg cramps during and after the match and was undergoing treatment from the team's medical staff, but Paes said he would be alright after getting medical attention.

Prakash defeated Khan 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 in the second singles to help India draw level after Rohan Bopanna was beaten by Pakistan number one Aisam Qureshi 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 6-4 in the opening singles.