Pathan ruined the day for us: Smith

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Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011, 8:55 [IST]
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Pathan ruined the day for us: Smith

South African captain Graeme Smith said that Pathan's unexpected quick-fire knock during the third one-dayer between India and South Africa, at Cape Town, snatched likely victory away from the hosts.

A dejected Smith said, "It was very disappointing to end up on the losing side. We were probably 20 runs short but Pathan's knock made the difference today (Tuesday)," Smith said after his side's two-wicket loss.

He emphasied that it was the pivotal innings of 59 off 50 balls from Pathan that ultimately determined the difference between the two sides and that his 75 run-partnership at better than a run a ball with Suresh Raina turned the match on its head.

"It was a two-paced wicket. It was not the best of ODI wickets. All batters struggled here except for Pathan. He made it look as though it was easy to bat here," he said.

He also lavished praise on his fast bowler Morne Morkel who took 3/28 and was the only bowler to really unsettle the Indians. "As usual Morkel was incredible for us. But we need to work on our batting in powerplay. We need to regroup and better our performance in the next match," Smith added.

Indian captain M S Dhoni too lauded Pathan and said he is happy as long as the hard-hitter plays his natural game.
"It was good effort from the batsmen. The lower middle-order also played well. But Pathan was superb."

Man-of-the-match Pathan said he was just playing his natural game. "It's a good win for us. I was just looking to hit the balls which were in my areas," he said.


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