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Pathan: KP's wkt could be turning point...

"Had he batted for one more session, he would have taken away the game from our hands," the swing bowler said.

india Updated: Mar 12, 2006 23:08 IST

The dismissal of in-form Kevin Pietersen could be the turning point of the match as the batsman was capable of single-handedly taking away the game from India, Irfan Pathan said on Sunday.

"Pietersen is a very good player and taking his wicket was very important to our chances," the Baroda player said after the fourth day of the second cricket test here.

"Had he batted for one more session, he would have taken away the game from our hands," he said.

Pietersen, the second highest scorer in England's first innings with 64, was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh for four in the second innings.

Pathan said he was not "surprised" by the position in which India were at the moment because he always knew they could pull off a win provided they bowled well in the second innings.

"I am not really surprised with the way things have taken shape. We knew if we bowl well in the second innings, we would be in with a chance," he said.

"We still have 90 overs to go tomorrow, we will keep our fingers crossed."

Pathan, who chipped in with a useful 52 off 58 balls in India's first innings total of 338, said it was still a long way before he could be considered as a genuine all-rounder.

"I consider myself as a bowler who can bat. May be when I score a couple of hundreds (then I could be called an allrounder)."