Kabir confident of taking the trophy home

Published: Thursday, March 30, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:More surprised at India's batting collapse than England's loss, pacer Kabir Ali is confident that his team will stage another comeback to win the seven-match ODI series and ''take the trophy home.''

''We're 1-0 down, we should have won (in Delhi), but there are six more games to be played in this competition. We're looking to catch up in the next game, keep going from there and take the trophy back home,'' Ali told the BBC Asian Network.

Ali said he could not believe that the tourists were able to bundle up the famed Indian batting line-up for just over 200.

''We thought they would get a lot more from the look of the wicket and especially in Delhi,'' he said.

The bowler, who returned with a career best ODI figures of 4-45, said he was still not sure of his selection for the second match.

''I bowled reasonably well (in Delhi) I thought but it's all up to the selectors and whatever team they think is suitable for the next game.'' ''Hopefully, fingers crossed, I should play the next one but you never know. It's a funny old game this,'' said Ali.

Ali said England had only themselves to blame for the loss after dismissing India for a low score.

''We were going quite strong when Freddie Flintoff and KP (Kevin Pietersen) were batting, but we lost a few wickets and made it hard for ourselves,'' he said.

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