Thatscricket - Test Series - India's tour of Pakistan- India now has a psychological edge: Inzamam

Published: Thursday, April 8, 2004, 21:49 [IST]
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Lahore:The One-day series having ended in a triumph for it, India will now battle for honours in the three-Test series with Pakistan whose captain Inzamam-ul- Haq on Thursday conceded that the visitors now have an edge.

Ahead of the first Test in Multan starting on Sunday, Inzamam, who was devastated by his team's defeat in the One-day series, expressed the view that the Indians had a psychological advantage going in to the longer version of the game.

"Our boys did play well but a win always gives you confidence. I think the edge (in the Test series) might have gone India's way," he said.

Inzamam, who bagged the Man of the Series award, said a victory could have come his team's way in the decider on Wednesday night had they not lost early wickets in the floodlit tie which India went on to win comfortably by 40 runs.

"The wicket was a good one and 294 was not a big total to chase. But unfortunately we lost early wickets and that made batting difficult in the end."

The skipper, however, sought to draw some positives from the 3-2 defeat in the five-match series and hoped his team would be able to do better in the Tests. "I have been playing well, I hope to continue in the same way in the Tests and help the team win. Our players are confident of doing well in five-day games," he said.

But Pakistan do have some batting worries with the form of prolific Yousuf Youhana being a cause for concern. Youhana, the country's best batsman after Inzamam, made 109 runs from five matches at an average of 21.80 in the One-day series and looked distinctly uncomfortable against Indian seamers.

Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said after the match winning the fourth One-dayer to level the series 2-2 was crucial for his team as it helped them regain the momentum.

"Yes, winning the previous match was a fantastic effort, particularly after being down 95 for four. Rahul Dravid and Mohammad Kaif helped us gain the winning momentum," he said.

Ganguly was all praise for his team for creating history by winning its first-ever series on Pakistan soil.

"This team has played some fantastic cricket in the last one year or so," an elated Ganguly said after the match while heaping praise on the youngsters in the side.

"We did not have our key players in the series and for the youngsters to come and do what they have done, particularly in Pakistan, is phenomenal," he said.

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