Afridi exudes confidence on beating India

Published: Saturday, December 27, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Bouyed by his team's prospect of bagging a final berth, Pakistan 'A' skipper Shahid Afridi exuded confidence of winning the crucial tie against Indians on Sunday while expressing satisfaction over performance of the youngsters against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

"Our over-all performance today was satisfactory. Now we look forward to win tomorrow's game and move to the final," Afridi said after Pakistan 'A's 48-run win against Lanka in the Asian 'A' Teams tournament at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Afridi was particularly impressed with the bowlers, who wrapped the Lanka innings at 196, but resented the huge extra runs conceded by them.

"We need to be more disciplined in that sphere tomorrow. Plus, we have to see that we don't lose any wicket in the first 15 overs against India," he said.

Though his team had suffered a 89-run loss against India in the previous match, the skipper said his boys were keen to outperform the hosts on Sunday to qualify for the final.

Lanka captain Russel Arnold expressed his disappointment at the loss on Saturday, which might lead to their early exit from the tri-nation tourney.

"We have to wait and see. Our chance to move to final now depends on the outcome of tomorrow's match. But it is very disappointing that we failed to make it straightway even after winning the first two matches," Arnold said.

Commenting on his dismissal on Saturday, Arnold said he was not happy with the decision. "I don't want to comment on that. But it is nothing to be happy about. There are things beyond your control".

The left-hander, who was given leg before wicket off a Muhammad Hafeez delivery, had apparently edged the ball before it hit his pad.

Analysing his team's performance in the tournament, he said, "things had fallen in place for us when we chased a target. But in other cases, we were a failure. Our bowling and fielding were not upto the mark".

But, even in case of an early exit from the tournament, Arnold felt his youngsters would benefit a lot from the experience. Asked to compare the strengths of the two other teams, Arnold said both were good sides but the Indian batting line up was the strongest among the three.

Pakistan, however, seemed to have improved a lot over the last few matches and looked to be a more disciplined side on Saturday, he agreed.

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