Inzamam wary of S. African backlash
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Inzamam wary of S. African backlash

The Pakistan captain is wary of a tough fight from South Africa in the remaining three matches.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2003 17:45 IST

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq was wary Monday of a tough fight from South Africa in the remaining three matches despite leading 2-0 in the one-day series.

"South Africa is a world-class team and we know that big teams always come back strongly in the five-match series," said Inzamam, who suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 42-run victory and reported he had only a 50-50 of starting for Tuesday's match.

"But so far we haven't made many mistakes and I hope we would continue the good work going," he added.

The Pakistan captain gave credit for two victories against Graeme Smith's team to his bowlers as South Africa twice failed to chase the totals of 277 and 267 despite getting solid starts.

"Our bowlers especially (Mohammad) Sami and Shoaib (Akhtar) have done a wonderful job, and I hope they continue to deliver goods in the remaining three matches," he said.

Pakistan has included Naved Latif in the probables list in case Inzamam isn't recovered. Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria also made his way into the side after Mushtaq Ahmad was told to rest seven to 10 days for a pulled abdomen muscle.

Yousuf Youhana exchanged some hot words with medium fast bowler Andrew Hall during Sunday's game when the bowler hit the Pakistan batsman with an elbow as he tried to complete a run. However, Inzamam said no complaint would be filed with match referee Clive Lloyd.

"We want to play a good series against South Africa. We do not want to get involved in any controversy. It's a team decision not to lodge any complaint, and the chapter is closed," he said.

Smith promised some "real good cricket" from his team, although the Proteas have badly missed Herschelle Gibbs, their hard-hitting opener, who has yet to recover fully from a pulled stomach muscle.

Moorne van Wyk, 24, has been called as Gibbs' replacement and might get a chance in the only day game of the series.

"We are going to play some real good cricket from now," a confident-looking Smith said.

In the first two matches, the South African middle-order batsmen failed to capitalize on good starts. The visitors were 137 for 0 in the first game before they were restricted to 269 for six, followed by 107 for one before managing only 225 for nine off 50 overs in the second match.

"We shot ourselves in the foot," Smith said. The South African captain was furious with three run outs Sunday— Neil McKenzie, Mark Boucher and Shaun Pollock.

"With three stupid run-outs, we were out of the game within 20 minutes," Smith said. "Chasing is a good choice, but we executed it badly. We were cruising along well on both occasions, but we panicked both times.

"We played some good cricket and bad cricket, what we need is to show more consistency."

Pakistan (from): Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Rashid Latif (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Shabbir Ahmad, Saqlain Mushtaq, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal and Naved Latif.

South African (from): Graeme Smith (captain), Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Neil McKenzie, Jacques Rudolph, Robin Peterson, Andrew Hall, Alan Dawson, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Adams, Morne van Wyk.

Umpires: Darrell Hair, Australia, Nadeem Ghauri, Pakistan

TV umpire: Aleem Dar

Match referee: Clive, Lloyd, West Indies.

First Published: Oct 06, 2003 15:18 IST