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Innings dedicated to Inzy

Principal Correspondent

KANPUR: "I am the kind of player who needs the captain's confidence. I dedicate this innings to Inzamam," said Shahid Afridi at the post-match press conference here on Friday.

"I had not performed in the first three games, but Inzamam persisted with me and I thank him for that," said the all-rounder. "We needed a good start, and I took my chances. It paid off," he added.

Inzamam agreed that chasing 250 on a slow wicket where the odd ball kept low was not exactly easy. "But Afridi's innings made it a no-contest, while Naved-ul-Hasan provided us the early breakthroughs, which helped us keep the Indian innings in check.

"We are happy to have won one match more than the Indians and hope to carry forward the momentum of three straight victories into the final game," said Inzamam.

The Indian captain Rahul Dravid made it clear that the defeat was not anyone's fault.

"You cannot do much when an opposition batsman scores a century in 45 balls," said Dravid. About the choice of first strike, he said, "we knew there would be moisture in the wicket in the morning and the ball would do something, but we also knew that the pitch would aid spinners with bounce and turn, which it did."

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