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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 September, 2004, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Inzamam explains failure
Yasir [Hameed] was playing very good with Shoaib Malik and a bigger partnership would have helped us
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq defended his decision to bat first in the semi-final after crashing out with a seven-wicket defeat to West Indies.

Opener Yasir Hameed hit 39 but the last seven wickets fell in the space of 31 runs as they were bowled out for 131.

"It was a difficult decision batting first but Yasir and Shoaib Malik saw off the new ball," said Inzamam.

"After that we did not build partnerships. Two hundred plus runs on this track is difficult to chase."

Of the 14 matches so far in the tournament, Pakistan were just the second team to opt to take strike.

Making his international debut, Salman Butt was dismissed with the third ball of the match.

"Imran Farhat has not performed well in the last couple of games - that's why we changed the openers but unfortunately he also did not perform," Inzamam explained.

And the veteran batsman felt the run-outs of Hameed and Abdul Razzaq for six made a massive difference.

The second of those dismissals - both of which were executed by Dwayne Bravo in the deep - appeared inconclusive on television replays.

"West Indies bowlers bowled really well and Yasir and Razzaq's run outs were crucial," said Inzamam.

"There were five wickets down for 109 runs and then five for only 22 - that's a batting collapse.

"Yasir was playing very good with Shoaib Malik and a bigger partnership would have helped us."

Inzamam pointed to playing in crucial parts of matches as the weak point in his young side, which has won seven of their 10 matches under new coach Bob Woolmer.

"The team really performed well in a couple of matches but in finishing we've not done well so far."

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