Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- It~~s being played in the true spirit, says Youhana

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Peshawar:Notwithstanding the high-voltage action on and off the field, Pakistan vice-captain Yousuf Youhana on Thursday said the One-day cricket series was being played in "true spirit" of friendship.

"There is a lot of friendship between the two teams. It is being played in the true spirit and we have no problems. There is of course some pressure on both the teams," Youhana said ahead of the third One-day International in Peshawar on Friday.

The swashbuckling batsman's comments come in the backdrop of recent controversies involving Indian captain's insinuating comments on Shoaib Akhtar's bowling action and the accusation of the Pakistani camp that the Indians were indulging in mind games.

Youhana said the tracks so far had been too batsmen-friendly and felt that the bowlers should also be given some role. Asked about the team strategy now that the series was tied 1-1, Youhana said, "we will just look to win the match. The last two matches have been high scoring affairs. The team batting first has to set up a big total and put the other team under pressure."

On what should be a safe total at the Arbab Niaz Stadium track, the stylish right-hander said, "I can't say much about this track. But it looks to be a batting pitch and it could produce some 600 runs. The wickets have been easy to bat on. Even if you score 300 odd runs, it may not be sufficient. You have to get a really big total to be able to win."

Youhana said the team was keen to sort out its slow over rate problem. "We have to bowl our overs quickly. I think if we bowl our overs quickly, it will also be an advantage to the bowlers."

Asked to name an Indian bowler who could be a potential match-winner, he said, "it is tough to say. We have to see how they bowl in the series."

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