Coach Alam thought Pak would beat Aussies

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Abu Dhabi, May 4 (ANI): Pakistani coach Intikhab Alam has revealed that he was sure that Pakistan would win the one-day series against Australia, but the Aussies shattered his dreams by winning the third match.

"Australia never dominated us really, and we should have won the series 3-2 rather than the other way round," said Alam, after his team won the fifth match Sunday by seven wickets.

"Losing the third match was the turning point," The News quoted Alam, as saying.

Pakistan won the nerve-racking first match by four wickets, but Kangaroos came back strongly to take the second by six wickets. Pakistan, chasing a modest 199 in the third match, was cruising along at 95-0 before being bowled out for 171 to lose by 27 runs.

"It was a nightmare. I never thought that we will lose that one and it will remain in my mind for a long, long time. Had we won that match we would have won 4-1," he said.

In the fourth match, Pakistan missed an opportunity to square the series. Instead, Australia won by eight wickets, to claim an unassailable, 3-1 series.

Pakistan's batting came good in the fifth match as they reached a challenging 251-run target, with Kamran Akmal's unbeaten 116 and Misbah-ul-Haq's 76 not out anchoring the win. (ANI)

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