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Pakistan pin hopes against Windies

Pakistan are pinning their hopes partly on winning the toss when they take on the West Indies in their VB series match at Brisbane's Gabba ground.
PTI | By Agence France-Presse, Brisbane
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2005 06:49 PM IST

Pakistan are pinning their hopes partly on winning the toss when they take on the West Indies in their VB series limited-overs cricket match at Brisbane's Gabba ground on Wednesday.

Captain Inzamam-ul-Haq wants to bowl first so that pacemen Shoaib Akhtar, who has disappointed for much of the Australian tour, can make the most of the local conditions and put the West Indies on the back foot early on.

The match will start at 9 am and the forecast is for overcast and humid conditions -- ideal for fast bowlers working with a new white ball.

"The early start at nine o'clock... any team would take the advantage and bowl first because I think there will be some moisture and it's a 20 or 25 per cent help if you win the toss," said Inzamam.

Both Pakistan and the West Indies lost their opening matches against Australia, even though Inzamam recovered some of the form which has deserted him on this tour with a run-a-ball 68 against the hosts in Hobart on Sunday.

Wednesday's clash could prove crucial in determining which of the two makes the best-of-three finals play-offs.

Shoaib, Pakistan's trump card, has done little on tour since bagging five first innings wickets in each of the Test losses to Australia in Perth and Melbourne.

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