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Inzamam plans three-prong pace attack

Pakistan skipper is banking on his 'trump card' - Shoaib Akhtar to counter the strong Indian batting line-up during the series against the arch rivals.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 19:21 IST

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has envisaged a three-pronged pace strategy to counter the strong Indian batting line-up and believes that fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar would be his "trump card" during the series against the arch rivals.

Inzamam said past record tipped the hosts to win the first Test starting on Friday.

"We can take heart from the fact that Pakistan had beaten India at the Gaddafi stadium two years ago. This time around, I am banking upon Shoaib to be our trump card," he said.

"The pacemen who excelled in the series against England will once again be the carriers of our hope and ambitions", Inzamamsaid.

"We have planned to attack the Indian batting with a battery of three fast bowlers. Instead of fitting allrounders in the line-up, I would prefer to depend upon my regular pace bowlers," he said.

Inzamam , however, acknowledged that Pakistan go into the series as non-favourites - not due to any cricketing reasons but because the increased expectations of home fans put more pressure on them.

"Keeping in view the last two India-Pakistan series, one would surmise that the host team is not the favourite," the burly Pakistan skipper said.