Sachin, Pathan rested for fifth ODI
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Sachin, Pathan rested for fifth ODI

India will go to the Sunday game with all guns blazing, while the hosts will be desperate to salvage some pride.

india Updated: Feb 19, 2006 03:50 IST
S S Ramaswamy (PTI)/
S S Ramaswamy (PTI)/

Having already clinched the one-day series in emphatic fashion, India on Saturday decided to rest Sachin Tendulkar and Irfan Pathan for the inconsequential fifth and final ODI against Pakistan.

The Indians are on a roll at the moment and will go to the Sunday game with all guns blazing. Indian skipper Rahul Dravid will be keen to sign off the tour with another resounding victory which will stand them in good stead for the forthcoming home series against England.

The hosts, on the other hand, will be desperate to salvage some pride.

The two regulars - Tendulkar and Pathan - who have featured in all the matches since the tour began last month, will give way to bowlers Ramesh Powar and Murali Kartik in the 12.

Left-arm spinner Kartik played only in the first one-day match at Peshawar while Powar, who was flown in as a replacement for the injured Harbhajan Singh will get his first opportunity to display his wares.

Dravid with his two key players missing, however, apperared confident on the eve of the match.

"We want the players to develop different kinds of skills and adapt to different situations in the ongoing process of developing the team," Indian captain said.

"Trying to be too careful with youngsters may not be too helpful in their growth. You have to put people under pressure and see how they respond."

However, he made it clear that the strategies would not be implemented at the cost of win which will see them wrap-up the series 4-1 in their favour.

"We would definitely want to win the match for a 4-1 margin of victory in the series as we approach each game with the aim of winning it. But we also see tomorrow's game as an opportunity to give chances to some our batsmen and bowlers to play in different situations," he said.

"We want to put the players under pressure, not in terms of results which comes naturally but in terms of achieving different goals they have been set. You saw what a player like Suresh Raina can achieve when given the chance. What he did at Multan (by making a quick 35 not out to guide the team home) was phenomenal," the middle-order stalwart said.

First Published: Feb 18, 2006 13:56 IST