Rain made us sweat, says Miandad
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad said his side made a mistake in not claiming the extra time allowed on Monday to try to complete their Test win over New Zealand.india Updated: Dec 30, 2003 09:44 IST
Pakistan coach Javed Miandad said his side made a mistake in not claiming the extra time allowed on Monday to try to complete their Test win over New Zealand.
Pakistan, who surprisingly turned down an extra eight overs on offer on Monday to win the match, wrapped it and the series up on Tuesday when Inzamam-ul-Haq and Yousuf Youhana scored the 28 runs needed for victory in just four overs.
Inzamam finished on 72, while Youhana was not out 88 for the visitors who made 277 for three after chasing 274 for the win.
But Miandad said he had made a mistake on Monday when they decided not to continue on and he had been concerned with the heavy overnight rain in Wellington that cleared on Tuesday morning but caused a delay to the start of play.
As the players walked on to the field at 1130 (2230 GMT), the rain started again and they returned to the pavilion.
"Yes, we were a bit confused with the extra time ruling," Miandad said. "I agree we should have played on last night.
"We learn from our mistakes, but we were a bit concerned when we woke up to the rain this morning, but we are grateful to have been able to finish."
Stephen Fleming, the New Zealand captain, said he thought it was strange that Pakistan had not taken the extra time.
"It could have been a terrible mistake and the rain last night and this morning put into context how crazy it was," he said.
"I asked Dave Orchard (one of the umpires) before the last over last night whether they (Pakistan) had claimed the extra time and he said they hadn't.
"I suggested they keep quiet about it and got Buts (Ian Butler) to bowl the final over quickly.
"In the end it didn't matter, but I can imagine what things would have been like in Pakistan if it rained all day today."
First Published: Dec 30, 2003 09:39 IST