| Inzamam suffered a hamstring injury in the second game
Faisalabad: Inzamam-ul-Haq is wary of a tough fight from South Africa in the remaining three one-day Internationals after Pakistan won the first two games in Lahore.
“South Africa is a world-class team and we know that big teams always come back strongly in a five-match series,” said Inzamam, who suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 42-run victory and stated he had only a 50-50 chance of playing Tuesday’s match. “But so far we haven’t made many mistakes and I hope we would keep the good work going,” the skipper added.
Inzamam gave credit for the two victories against Graeme Smith’s team to his bowlers after South Africa failed to chase totals of 277 and 267 despite getting solid starts.
“Our bowlers, especially (Mohammad) Sami and Shoaib (Akhtar) have done a wonderful job, and I hope they continue to deliver in the remaining three matches,” he said.
Pakistan have included Naved Latif in the squad in case Inzamam doesn’t recover in time. Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria also got a call-up after Mushtaq Ahmed pulled out after pulling an abdomen muscle.
During the Pakistan innings, Yousuf Youhana and Andrew Hall got involved in a verbal exchange. The pair clashed in the 13th over of Pakistan’s innings and replays suggested after the batsman exchanged words with Hall, he was elbowed as he took a single.
Hall then confronted him, touching his bat and thrusting his face in Youhana’s, who responded angrily before umpire Nadeem Ghouri stepped between the players. Umpire Darrell Hair cautioned them both.
However, Inzamam said no complaint would be filed with Match Referee Clive Lloyd. “We want to play a good series against South Africa. We don’t want to get involved in any controversy. It’s a team decision not to lodge any complaint, and the chapter is closed,” the captain said.
On Sunday, PCB chairman Lt Gen. Tauqir Zia and chief executive Rameez Raja said on television that the Pakistan team would be filing a complaint with match referee Clive Lloyd. But PCB sources said the Pakistani team management had changed its mind to avoid bad blood with the South Africans.
Smith promised some “real good cricket” from his team, although the Proteas have badly missed hard-hitting opener Herschelle Gibbs who is yet to recover fully from a pulled stomach muscle.
Morne van Wyk, 24, has been summoned as Gibbs’ replacement and may get a chance in the only day game of the series. “We are going to play some real good cricket from now,” Smith said.
In the first two matches, the South African middle-order failed to capitalise on good starts. The visitors were 137 without loss in the first game before being restricted to 269 for six. In Game 2, the visitors were 107 for one before managing only 225 for nine.
“We shot ourselves in the foot,” Smith said. The South African captain was furious with three run-outs on Sunday — Neil McKenzie, Mark Boucher and Shaun Pollock. “With three stupid run-outs, we were out of the game within 20 minutes,” Smith said.
Pakistan (from): Mohammad Hafeez, Yasir Hameed, Yousuf Youhana, Inzamam-ul-Haq (captain), Younis Khan, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Rashid Latif (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Sami, Shoaib Akhtar, Umer Gul, Shabbir Ahmed, Saqlain Mushtaq, Danish Kaneria, Faisal Iqbal, Naved Latif.
South Africa (from): Graeme Smith (captain), Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Neil McKenzie, Jacques Rudolph, Robin Peterson, Andrew Hall, Alan Dawson, Makhaya Ntini, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Boeta Dippenaar, Herschelle Gibbs, Paul Adams, Morne van Wyk.
Umpires: Darrell Hair, Nadeem Ghauri.