Match is in our grip: Sami

Updated on Mar 20, 2005 10:50 AM IST

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Sami on Saturday claimed the match was still in Pakistan's grip and said the visitors would go for victory on Sunday.

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Pakistan pacer Mohammad Sami on Saturday claimed the match was still in Pakistan's grip and said the visitors would go for a victory on the final day of the second Test against India on Sunday.

"Match hamare hatme hai (the match is in our grip). We will try to play well and go for a win tomorrow," said the pacer, who picked up three vital Indian wickets in the second innings at the Eden Gardens.

While conceding that it would not be easy to chase a target of 422 in the fourth innings of the match, the Pakistan quick bowler said: "We have good batsmen in our ranks and definitely will try to notch up a victory."

He, however, regretted the dismissal of hard-hitting opener Shahid Afridi at the fag end of the day's play, saying, "He was playing a good game. He was the key man and his getting out is definitely a loss for us."

Asked who among the Indian bowlers the tourists would keep a watch on, Sami said: "All the four bowlers — (Irfan) Pathan, (Lakshmipathi) Balaji, Harbhajan (Singh) and (Anil) Kumble — are to watch out for. We have to focus on playing the whole day tomorrow and also score runs to win the game."

Commenting about his indifferent bowling performance in the first innings, Sami said, "I could not deliver the goods earlier in the game. But in the second innings, I focussed on bowling wicket to wicket and also contain runs. I was pretty successful in that."

He said the summer heat caused sweating and made conditions difficult for reverse swing and he found it difficult to grip the ball properly with his wet palms.

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