It was sweet revenge for Pak - Ganguly

Written by: Saurav Ganguly
Published: Tuesday, June 6, 2000, 0:00 [IST]
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Dhaka: Pakistan gave ample evidence of their cracking form when they beat Sri Lanka in the last league game of the Asia Cup, which was a dress rehearsal for the final.

The manner in which Pakistan handled things on the field despite resting three of their premier players was indeed impressive. Pakistan have been smarting after having lost the One-day series 0-3 at home against Sri Lanka. It was a sweet revenge for them.

Yousuf Youhana, once again played a classy innings. Much would depend on how this talented middle-order batsman fares in the final. He has always been a good batsman, only now he is showing the kind of consistency you associate with great players.

On current form, Pakistan would be favourites to win the Asia Cup for the first time. But One-day cricket is a funny game. You may lose a bulk of the games at the league stage and still sneak into the final. All that matters is how you perform on that big day.

What worries me is the complacency born out of success. I thought the Sri Lankans were a touch complacent in Monday's match. Somehow the spirit, which is such an integral part of their game, was missing.

Pakistan have everything going for them at the moment and if they can guard against complacency, they should not have much difficulty in putting it across the Sri Lankans in the final.

I expect it to be a tough contest though. Perhaps the loss was a boon in disguise for Sri Lanka, who would come back strongly.

Pakistan have the best bowling attack in the world. They not only have class, but also variety. Apart from Youhana, the man to watch out for would be Razzaq. This Pakistani youngster has made rapid strides since making his debut three years ago.

He has the potential to develop into a world class all-rounder. He bowls very straight and rarely gives you an opportunity to free your arms, a key factor when it comes to restrictions. Then there is Wasim Akram. He is a big match player and on his day, he can destroy any opposition.

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