We still have 'even' chance to win the Test: Butt

New Delhi, Nov 24 (UNI) Refusing to accept that the sudden loss of four crucial wickets in the last session has turned the scales in favour of India in the first Test, Pakistan opener Salman Butt said the match was still wide open and the morning session tomorrow would tell where the game is heading to.

Talking to reporters after the third day's play at Feroz Shah Kotla here, Butt said, ''I don't think the four wickets has done any damage and turned the game in favour of India.

It is still evenly poised. Test cricket is a game of sessions and you have to play session by session.'' ''We have to play well in tomorrow's morning session,'' he added.

The 23-year-old left-hander also denied that the Kotla pitch had deteriorated and said the Pakistani batsmen got out because of their own mistakes rather than the condition of the pitch.

''The pitch here is low and slow but it's not that you can't play your shots,'' said Butt who was stripped off vice-captaincy just after the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa because of his poor run of form.

He also echoed his team-mate Danish Kaneria's view yesterday that anything around 300 or above would be a good score to set for India in the fourth innings.

''Anything above 300 would be a good score. But, we have to bowl well in the fourth innings. 300 in the fourth innings is always a good score. The pitch will have wears and tears by that time if the sun continues to show its face like today.'' Butt also regretted for his side not dismissing the hosts out near their score.

''We could have got India out under our score. But Dhoni and Laxman stood as obstacle on our path. Dhoni played brilliantly and gave able company to Laxman who is a superb batsman,'' he said.

When asked whether Kaneria will miss a partner in spin department when they come out in the fourth innings, Butt quickly replied, ''Shoaib Malik is there to give him (Kaneria) company.'' UNI

Story first published: Saturday, November 24, 2007, 20:05 [IST]
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