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Dravid lauds bowlers for setting up win

The captain gave credit to his much-maligned bowlers for restricting Pakistan on a good batting wicket.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 19:05 IST

Skipper Rahul Dravid on Saturday credited his much-maligned bowlers for fashioning the seven-wicket victory over Pakistan saying they delivered on a flat batting wicket.

"The bowlers set up this win for us. They bowled beautifully on a flat pitch and kept the score under control," Dravid said after the match.

"Once we restricted Pakistan to 265, we were pretty confident of reaching the target."

The captain hailed his forgotten footmen for sticking to a difficult task at hand as "it is never easy bowling to Pakistani batsmen."

"It was a thoroughly professional performance from start to finish and the boys played great cricket. It was a total team effort."

The four run-outs were the result of some sprightly fielding, Dravid said.

He also credited the youngsters, particularly Yuvraj Singh and man of the match Irfan Pathan, in the team for handling the pressure with confidence and said they were being "developed" for the World Cup next year.

But he denied that the defeat adversely affected the team morale.

"Every one-day international is a new game and hopefully we will play better in Lahore."

Pathan said the last three-four weeks were tough on the bowlers but the ball was coming out well from his hand.

"Conditions were overcast this morning and all our bowlers swung the ball," he said.

Crediting the coaching staff for the improvement in his batting, the Baroda player said fitness was not a problem for him and he was putting in extra effort for the benefit of the team.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 19:05 IST