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We want to end our losing streak against India: Inzamam

Written by: Staff

Lahore, Apr 16 (UNI) The humiliating 1-4 defeat in the ODI series against India at home earlier this year is still fresh in Inzamam-ul Haq's memory and the Pakistan captain wants to make amends when the arch-rivals take on each other in two one-dayers in Abu Dhabi on April 18 and 19.

''We contested very well with them (the Indians) at home but we lacked the finishing touch. Ending our losing streak to India is going to be very important for us next week,'' Inzamam said here yesterday.

He said he did not expect his players to repeat the same mistakes they made the last time against India.

Inzamam also cautioned against taking the matches lightly even if they were for a noble cause -- to raise funds for earthquake victims.

''These two matches are for a noble cause but since we are playing in the gulf after a long time, the emotions and expectations of both the Indians and Pakistani expatriates settled there will be great,'' Inzamam said.

It would be after six years that India will play in UAE. India and Pakistan have met head on 24 times in Sharjah with the latter winning 18 matches.

However, Inzamam chose not to bill any team as favourites for the matches.

''I would not term any team as favourite because in one-day cricket, it is difficult to predict the results,'' Inzy said.

''There is a very little margin between the teams nowadays in one-day matches. Good teams don't give you a second chance. You have to create and then grab your opportunities,'' he added.

He did not agree that Pakistan had chances of beating India as Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif, two key players, are out-of-form during home series against England.

''It is not a game of individuals but rather a team's game and one team has to face 11 players of the other side,'' he said.

A 14-member Pakistan squad leaves for Abu Dhabi today, UNI XC DH PM1223

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