We took a chance: Inzamam

Pakistan skipper Inzamam ul-Haq today said that his side took a chance by choosing to bat first against West Indies.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:09 IST
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Pakistan skipper Inzamam ul-Haq today said that his side took a chance by choosing to bat first against West Indies in the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals and rued the irresponsible display by his batsmen. "We took a chance but a total of 200 plus was difficult to chase on this track," he said after his team lost the match by seven wickets. "West Indies bowled really well but after the good start provided by our openers, the rest of our batsmen did not take the responsibilty," he said about his team's collapse making just 131 in 38.4 overs. Inzamam said he could not blame the bowlers as the total was too small to defend. "Our bowlers did well in the earlier matches but 131 is difficult to defend," he said. The skipper said he was disappointed with the loss but took solace from the performance of some of the youngsters in the side. Man of the Match Ramnaresh Sarwan said West Indies will try their best to win the Trophy by beating England in the final on Saturday. "We haven't won a tournament for a long long time and so this is the best opportunity," said Sarwan, deputising for an injured skipper Brian Lara, who took a nasty blow from a Shoaib Akhtar delivery. The youngster, who top-scored with an unbeaten 56, said his team will start with a psychological edge against England in the title clash. "We have the psychological advantage going into the final as we have done very well against them in the recent one-day matches," he said. Admitting that West Indies were surprised by Pakistan captain Inzamam ul-Haq's decision to bat first after winning the toss, Sarwan complimented the bowlers for skittling out Pakistan. "We were very much surprised by the call but Bravo bowled well and Hinds had a good spell in the end," he said. The talented batsman praised his team for the fine teamwork and wanted to carry his good form into the final. "We did pretty well after a string of bad results recently. I was happy with my form and hope to carry it to the final and also to the next year," he said. (PTI)