Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- India worried about team; Pak of complacency

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 20:17 [IST]
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Lahore:India's cricket captain struggled with team worries while his Pakistani rival warned against complacency ahead of their crucial One-day clash in Lahore.

Sourav Ganguly's team, who trail 1-2 in the five-match series, must win Sunday's fourth match under lights at the Gaddafi stadium if they are to push for victory at Wednesday's last game at the same venue.

"Both teams are under pressure," the Indian captain conceded. "Pakistan have a lot at stake in front of their home crowd. They too need to win and we will try and stop that from happening."

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq, whose team took the second and third One-dayers after losing the opener at Karachi, hoped the winning momentum will continue.

"It is good to have two consecutive wins behind us, but we will again have to play really well to wrap it up on Sunday," he said.

"It is a very important game. My main worry is to ensure the bowlers do not concede too many wides and no-balls.

"It cost us 30 runs at Karachi and 27 at Peshawar on Friday. We can't afford to let that happpen again. India's bowling is not as bad as everyone thinks. We have to work hard to get the runs. I have told the team not to get complacent."

The Indians, meanwhile, were busy devising plans to stop the rival batsmen with their limited attack that is missing four injured frontline bowlers, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar and Ashish Nehra.

"It's five actually," said Ganguly. "We had (Javagal) Srinath at the World Cup but he has now retired. And Zaheer Khan is struggling to find his rhythm after a three-month lay-off due to injury.

"The bowlers we have here have failed to get their act together. The pacers have to be more aggressive. Where are the bouncers and yorkers to unsettle the batsmen?" Ganguly asked.

Indian coach John Wright, however, exuded more confidence than the captain.

"We're still not out of the series," he said. "Pakistan surely have the advantage but we can't just lose hope. This is turning out to be a very close series. We have to be clinical and play well under pressure. Our goal will be to live till the last game," Wright said.

If India's practice match at the Gaddafi stadium on March 10 is any indication -- Pakistan's A team overhauled the tourists' mammoth 335 for six with four overs to spare -- a high-scoring thriller is on the cards on Sunday.

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