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'India's fielding was outstanding': Misbah

January 06, 2013

-File photo by AFP

KARACHI: India's sublime fielding in the earlier stages of Pakistan's innings saw them win a thriller by 10 runs in Delhi on Sunday.

Pakistan failed to chase a 168-run target and that was mainly due to India's bowling and fielding display.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq commended India's bowling attack, saying it made it difficult to score runs.

"Indians bowled very well, their fielding was outstanding. We tried to see off the new ball, but the ball was doing things even after that. It was difficult to score runs," he said.

Misbah also added that the series had been great and had put forward a lot of positives, especially the fast bowlers.

"Plenty of positives this series, especially the fast bowlers and Nasir Jamshed. It was a great series, tightly contested and today we had another tight game."

India's captain MS Dhoni asserted that the performance of the fielders was the reason for their win, adding that his side's bowling was a big positive throughout the series.

"160 wasn't enough. But I told the team that they should compete well. The spinners did a great job but the men of the match were the fielders in this game," Dhoni said.

The man-of-the-match praised his bowlers and added that his side were young and learning more with each game.

"Bhuvi started well, then Ishant bowled well with a not-so-new ball. Jadeja and Ashwin supported each other well too. It is important to learn from each and every game and this is a young side and there is learning for everyone. Bowling line-up was a big positive this series. Yes, there was help for bowlers, but we bowled well as a unit," he said.