Our bowling could trouble India : Miandad

Published: Thursday, April 8, 2004, 22:03 [IST]
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Lahore :A victorious Pakistan team's coach Javed Miandad today said while his batsmen could rattle up big scores, the team had the bowling to trouble the Indian batsmen in the deciding Test in Rawalpindi beginning on April 13.

"If our batsmen can post a big score like we did here, then we have enough bowling to trouble the Indian batting," Miandad said after Pakistan trounced India by 9 wickets in the second Test to square the three-Test series.

"It is a very good win. We were down after losing the first Test in Multan. But we bounced back superbly," he said.

"The way we performed -- our batsmen, bowlers and every one -- there was no fault at all," Miandad said.

The coach said the lack of a three-day match between the One-day series and Tests made it difficult for Pakistani bowlers to adjust in the first Test in Multan.

"When you switch from ODIs, it is always a problem. We lacked a three- or four-day game before the Test," he said.

On pacers Mohammed Sami and Shoaib Akhtar coming good in the second innings here, Miandad said the 202-run lead gave them enough confidence.

"Here the situation was different. With a big lead they were not worried about giving away runs and were looking for wickets," he said.

Looking forward to the final Test, the coach said: "It would be do or die match for us. But now we have got our morale up."

Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, who mopped up the Indian tail in the second innings on Thursday, called it a great day.

"I was looking for this chance to bowl at the Indians. The best wicket was that of Ajit Agarkar. He was playing his shots but I had him stumped," said Kaneria, who came in place of off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.

"I hope that I will be able to help Pakistan in the third Test too."

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