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Pak support umpires' decision

Bob Woolmer said the umpires were right in calling off play due to poor light in the first ODI.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 12:54 IST
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Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer said the umpires were right in calling off play due to poor light in the first cricket one-dayer against India.

"The umpires tried to get as much cricket in as possible. We weren't offered the light earlier on, but we knew that we were always ahead on the Duckworth/Lewis calculations," he said.

The coach also said his side had become good chasers in the last couple of years, but needed to tighten down their bowling in the end overs.

"If we have to chase big totals, we must learn how to chase. We have done pretty well in the last two years but the problem is that we are conceding too many runs, and that is something we will have to look at," Woolmer said after Pakistan snatched a seven-run win on the basis of the Duckwoth/Lewis system.

The England-born Woolmer was full of praise for rookie pacer Mohammed Asif played a stellar role in restricting India to 328.

"His figures speak for themselves. To take three for 30 in 9.4 overs on this surface was a wonderful effort. It was a superb batting surface and if at all it's possible, this was an even better pitch than the ones at Lahore and Faisalabad," Woolmer said.

At the same time, he supported Umar Gul who gave away 35 runs in three overs before being supersubbed.

"He had a tough game, he just didn't get it right at all. But he is a very good bowler, and I am sure he will bounce back as he plays more matches."