Symonds took the match away from us: Waqar Younis

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Johannesburg: Andrew Symonds' brilliant unbeaten century took the match away from Pakistan in its opening cricket World Cup match against Australia on Tuesday, losing captain Waqar Younis said. Pakistan, after sending Australia in, had the defending champions in trouble at 86 for four in the early part of the match but Symonds' 143 not out off 125 balls turned the match on its head. Australia posted 310 for eight before going on to register an 82-run victory.

"Chasing a target in excess of 300 was always difficult. We bowled well with the new ball but the latter overs were difficult," said Younis. Younis had also the ignominy of being taken off from the attack by umpire David Shepherd after the Pakistan captain ignored his warning and bowled two beamers at Symonds in the 49th over of the Australian innings. Pakistan omitted off spinner Saqlain Mushtaq and opted for an additional batsman in Shahid Afridi.

"It was a good decision but did not really work," Younis said. Symonds, who was named man-of-the-match, hoped more runs would flow from the bat as it did on Tuesday. "It's nice to get the first one (century) under the belt. Hopefully this is not the last one," the Queensland player said. "Harvs (Ian Harvey) and Hoggy (Brad Hogg) chipped in, and we could make a respectable total," he added.

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