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Pak declare upper-hand on tricky WACA pitch

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq believes his team have the upper-hand in their final make or break tri-series match against the West Indies on Tuesday.
PTI | By Trevor Robb (AFP), Perth
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2005 04:12 PM IST

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq believes his team have the upper-hand in their final make or break tri-series match against the West Indies on Tuesday because of their now considerable experience on the tricky Western Australian Cricket Association ground wicket.

Pakistan defeated the previously unbeaten Australians at the Perth ground on Sunday, giving them a huge psychological boost for the match that will decide which team plays the host nation in the series finals starting on Friday.

"Definitely we have the advantage because we have played one Test match and (played in Perth for) for 15 or 16 days before that," Inzamam said.

"This track is totally different and the West Indies are playing for the first time here."

Pakistan kicked off their Australian tour in Perth at the end of November, spending almost a month in Perth as they played two tour matches prior to a losing four-day match against the Western Australian state team.

They also played the first Test against Australia on the notoriously lively WACA wicket, losing by 491 runs.

But Inzamam and his players said they were boosted by their breakthrough three-wicket tri-series win over Australia on Sunday.

"This win has definitely helped us for the coming games. Hopefully we will play the final and we will win," he said.

Pakistan's victory was marred by some serious fielding blunders which saw a string of clear catching chances go begging, but Inzamam said he hoped the problems would be sorted.

"I think the ground fielding is OK but we dropped some catches and this is our weak area and we will really try to work hard on this and hopefully get it OK for the finals," he said.

Inzamam agreed that in-form West Indian captain and champion batsman Brian Lara presented a major hurdle after he belted 156 off 138 balls against Pakistan in Adelaide last Friday.

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