'We have outside chance of victory': Ajmal

Published: Monday, August 9, 2010, 12:15 [IST]
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'We have outside chance of victory'

London: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is very positive ahead of day four in the ongoing second Test match and insists that his team has a chance of a shock victory over England at Edgbaston.

Ajmal along with wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider had put on a solid partnership for the eight wicket to help Pakistan give the lead on the third day on Sunday, as Pakistan reached 291-9 at stumps to take a lead of 112 runs going into day four.

“Cricket is a strange game, we only have a lead of 112 runs, but anything is possible. Who knows what will happen, 112 runs could well be enough," PakPassion.net quoted Ajmal, as saying.

“If Asif and Gul can score a few more runs and stretch the lead further then that will boost our confidence further."

“A couple of early wickets and the pressure will build on the opposition. One thing is sure, my team mates and I will do our utmost tomorrow," he added.

The 32-year-old, who slammed his maiden Test half-century, said that his plan was to ensure full support to Haider (88) during their crucial 115 run partnership.

“Amir and Zulqarnain had battled hard against some impressive England bowling, and when Amir was out, my intention initially was to make sure that Zulqarnain was given plenty of support and the majority of the strike," Ajmal said.

“The young man batted brilliantly, it was such a mature innings and he showed the temperament of a seasoned campaigner, rather than a debutant," he added.


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