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Inzamam hoping for reversal of fortunes

The Pak captain admits that his team was outplayed by India in the second ODI, but believes that the series is still open.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 12:18 IST

While conceding that his side was throughly outplayed by the Indians in the second one-dayer in Rawalpindi, Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul Haq has asserted that the series is still open and his side will bounce back to turn the tables on the visitors in the third ODI in Lahore.

"India outclassed us in Rawalpindi yesterday. But even though we have lost a match, the one-day series is still open and we will try our best to win the next three encounters and turn the tide our way," Inzamam wrote in The News.

Blaming his batsmen for the loss, Inzamam said the hosts needed to score at least 40 or 50 more runs to get an upperhand over the Indians.

"The responsibility of the defeat on such a good wicket lies mainly on our batsmen. I believe that the four run outs and scoring less than what was required made the difference between winning and losing the game," he said.

Inzamam said his bowlers were equally culpable for not being able to defend the total, which according to him was competitive.

"Looking at the state of the pitch, a total of 265 runs was in fact a winning score. But our bowlers squandered the initiative by not giving India the kind of fight that was required in the circumstances," he said.

The skipper praised the Indians for bouncing back after going down in the first ODI in Peshawar.

"I would give the entire credit of yesterday's result to the Indian side. They batted extremely well."

The burly right-hander said his side will comeback strongly in the third one-dayer in Lahore and the return of express bowler Shoaib Akhtar will surely lift the spirits of the home team.

"Getting beaten in a solitary limited overs match doesn't really make a big difference. This Pakistan team is capable of fighting back and winning again. The boys are raring to go and will beat India in the next one-dayer."

"Shoaib will surely play in Lahore and with his inclusion, the bowling attack will be considerably strengthened. He earlier bowled Pakistan to victory against England at the Gaddafi Stadium," Inzamam added.

Inzamam said a lot would depend on the level of fielding by the two sides in the remaining three matches because the pitches are likely to be batsmen friendly and the bowlers will need the fielders to be on thier toes to contain the opposition.

"The team that fields well in the remaining three one-dayers will run away with the series. The Pakistan team will have to field much better in order to win. Because the pitches favour the batsmen and the opposing side can be put under tremendous pressure with good fielding," the skipper said.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 12:18 IST