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Misbah credits team's all-round effort for victory over India

Karachi, July 3 (UNI) Pakistan's stand-in captain Misbah-ul-Haq credited his team's all-round effort for the convincing victory over arch rivals India and singled out Saeed Ajmal for his splend bowling performance especially against the Indians who are generally considered to be a great force when it comes to playing spin.

Pakistan comprehensively defeated India by eight wickets yesterday to stay afloat in the tournament and would look to snap a berth in the final of the Asia Cup but that would depend on the result of India's match against Sri Lanka today.

Misbah, who stood as captain after Shoaib Malik was declared unfit for yesterday's match, said his team showed great fight to pull back India after the visitors were off to a flying start.

''It's a wonderful start for me as a captain. The credit goes to the team,'' Misbah said at the post match conference here yesterday.

''The boys came back well after India got off to a good start. We knew the score was gettable on this track. I just told them to be positiv,'' he added.

Pakistan rode on a magnificent century by experienced Younus Khan to make light of a target of 309 set by India and his captain was all praise for him.

''He (Younis) is a great batsman and proved that yet again today,'' he said.

He was also pleased with an impressive debut by off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.

''Ajmal's was a wonderful performance, especially against India who play spin very well. The way he bowled in the death overs was really commendable,'' Misbah stated.

Pakistan now play Bangladesh in the last match of the super-four stage of the Asia Cup and the hosts should not be much worried about the tie.

''It's very simple against Bangladesh. We have to just go out there and win comprehensively,'' he concluded.


Story first published: Thursday, July 3, 2008, 14:35 [IST]
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