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We had more variety in bowling: Younis

The acting Pak captain said India overdid it by playing three left-arm pacers.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 13:47 IST

Victorious Pakistan captain Younis Khansaid his team's bowling attack had more variety than India which eventually made a big difference to the outcome of the series-deciding third cricket Test here.

"The Indian and Pakistan teams are pretty much similar. We had the edge in this Test because India had three left-arm seam bowlers while we had more variety and mix," said Younis after his team's emphatic 341-run victory.

Pakistan had speed merchant Shoiab Akhtar, seamer Mohammed Asif and all rounder Abdul Razzaq as their three bowlers to use the new ball while India's pace attack comprised all left-arm seamers in Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan and RP Singh.

Younis also praised his team for the way it fought back brilliantly after being reduced to 39 for six in the first session of the match.

"Had we been bowled out for somewhere around 100, the outcome of this match could have been different," he added.

But Younis said he never thought the Indian team would surrender in less then four sessions in the second innings too.

"There were talks about giving them 180 overs to bat. We thought with their batting, with people like Rahul Dravid, Sehwag, we should set a target of over 600 runs. Till yesterday the wicket looked a bit casual. But today our bowlers bowled better," he said.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 11:38 IST