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Dhoni took the game away from us: Inzy

Pak captain said that the Indian's knock was the difference between the two teams at Lahore.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 12:13 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haqsaid that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's blitzkrieg took the game away from right under the nose of the hosts.

"The match was in our hands as India had to make more than seven an over when Dhoni came to bat. But he took it away with some great batting," Inzamam said.

The Pakistan captain did not blame his bowlers, but credited the Indian batsmen for chasing the target of 289 successfully.

"We bowled very well today after not doing so well in the first two games. But we did not take our chances and catches were dropped," he rued.

Inzamam admitted that the Pakistan fielding needed to improve after his outfielders put up a shoddy display conceding boundaries through misfields.

"We would definitely try and improve our fielding in the two days' time we have got before the next game," he said when asked whether his team needed a fielding coach.

Inzamam admitted that India now held the edge in the series.

"In a five-match series, the team that takes a 2-1 lead has the edge. But we are determined to turn it around in the last two games," the 35-year-old batsman said.

Asked about the change effected in the batting order by sending in Shahid Afridi to open the innings with Salman Butt instead of Kamran Akmal, Inzamam said it was done to give some flexibility to the line-up.

"We took a chance by sending him up. We thought he would take the pressure off us with quick runs but it did not succeed. We need to be flexible too in the batting order," the Pakistan captain said.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 12:13 IST