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Monday , January 7 , 2013
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Misbah praises Indian bowlers

New Delhi: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq feels India’s bowling and fielding made all the difference as the visitors lost a golden opportunity to inflict a series whitewash on the home team.

He said the Indian bowlers exploited the conditions really well to help the hosts defend a paltry total.

“We had a golden chance for a whitewash but we have to give credit to the Indian fielders and bowlers.

“Their fielding was too good… They saved at least 30-35 runs. The conditions were really difficult… It was difficult to score. The Indian bowlers exploited the conditions well,” said Misbah.

“However, we won the series 2-1. It’s feel nice to return home as winners,” the Pakistan captain added.

Asked the reason behind his team’s failure to chase down the target, Misbah pointed out that batting was not easy on the Kotla track.

“There was no such turning point during our innings. They bowled well and we kept on losing wickets. I know the conditions were bad but we should have made it,” said Misbah.

“All the pitches we have played in India aided the bowlers. Besides (Nasir) Jamshed and (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni, no other batsman were able to score runs,” he added.