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Tuesday, June 8, 1999 Published at 22:25 GMT 23:25 UK


Azza pleased after stirring victory

One of the few troublesome fans is escorted away from the pitch

Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin was understandably happy after his side's 47 run victory Pakistan at Old Trafford.

"I'm quite pleased with the way things have gone. Every one contributed something. They've done well, but we've still got to keep winning. It was a total team effort.

"Our openers gave us a good start. It was a good batting wicket, though the ball was `stopping' sometimes.

"People at home will be happy. We have not played very well against Pakistan recently, and people in India should respond in a positive manner now.

The man most reponsible for the victory, seam bowler Venkatesh Prasad, spoke modestly about his figure of five for 27.

"We kept getting wickets at both ends. It was not a big score but I didn't think any of our bowlers should get confused or panic. We just kept our cool and bowled wicket-to-wicket."

Pakistan captain Wasim Akram was left to reflect on a third successive defeat, although the brilliant allrounder is at least aware of what the problems are.


[ image: Wasim Akram:
Wasim Akram: "Our batting was not good"
"Our batting is struggling a bit. We're going through a bad patch, but we've been winning for six months.

"Our top order hasn't fired lately, but we will do well in the last Super Six match against Zimbabwe, the team is hungry, and that match is very, very crucial for us.

"It was a good wicket, the best in the tournament and we got them out for 227. But India did well, they played better cricket than us. Prasad bowled brilliantly.

Wasim was also full of praise for the behaviour of the crowd.

"I always knew the crowd would not cause any problems. They're sensible. They came to see a good game of cricket - and they saw one."

The event is generally being hailed as success after police reported just three arrests for public order offences (one Indian, two Pakistani), along with four instances of trouble within the ground, and nine people ejected.





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