'Our bowlers eager to use helpful conditions'

Published: Monday, April 12, 2004, 23:04 [IST]
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Rawalpindi: High on confidence after the victory in Lahore, Pakistan will look to exploit the chink in the Indian batting by putting the visitors in on a seamer friendly track in the series-deciding third Test starting at the Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.

With the Indians on the mat after their nine-wicket defeat in the second Test, the rejuvenated Pakistani pacers would capitalise on the "helpful conditions", skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said on the eve of the climactic Test match.

"We will like to bowl first if we win the toss. The victory in the second Test has given us a lot of confidence. Bowling is our strength and they will be able to exploit the helpful conditions," Inzamam said on Monday.

"The wicket looks good for bowling, it will definitely help the pace bowlers, they are looking forward to bowl in such helpful conditions."

The home captain also sought to gain the psychological upperhand, saying his Indian counterpart Sourav Ganguly would be under pressure as he was returning from an injury lay-off.

"The return of Ganguly as captain will make some difference for the Indian team. The captain plays a big part. But I think Ganguly will be under pressure as he has not played the first two Tests, so it will be tough for him," he said.

"It is an important game for both the teams. We have to play well right through the match to be able to win it. The boys have worked hard, and we are geared up for this important match," Inzamam said.

On the team for Monday's match, the Pakistan captain said paceman Abdur Rauf had been left out from the 17-member squad and the final eleven would be announced on Monday.

Asked whether paceman Mohammad Sami was fully fit for the crucial match, he said "if he was not fit, he would not have been in the squad."

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