India wary of Pak comeback

Associated Press

Jamshedpur, April 8:

India vice captain Rahul Dravid on Friday said his team should avoid complacency after taking a 2-0 lead in the six-match limited-over series, warning Pakistan was capable of making a strong comeback.

“We can’t afford to be complacent, we’re aware of the Pakistan team’s strength,” Dravid said on the eve of the third one-dayer at Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur, where Pakistan has won both previous contests against India.

India has won just one and lost five of its limited-over matches at this venue, but Dravid said past records were not playing on the Indian team’s mind.

“I don’t even see our record at a particular venue, one only remembers good performances,” said Dravid, adding that Pakistan had displayed its strength in drawing the Test series 1-1 by winning the third and final Test.

“The Indian team is very aware of what happened in the Test series,” Dravid said. “We won the second test but still couldn’t clinch the series. We know Pakistan will be hurting and keen to bounce back. We’ve got to play good, aggressive cricket and maintain the same intensity in the field,” he said.

India has posted victories by 87 and 58 runs in the first two one-dayers to secure a 2-0 lead as Pakistan twice faltered in chasing huge targets.

Younis Khan, Pakistan vice captain, said his team was hoping to extend its winning record at Keenan Stadium as it chases a victory on Saturday to keep alive its hopes in the series. “We’ll seek to make the series interesting,” said Khan.

Khan, who spurred Pakistan to victory in the third Test with a commanding double-century, had to miss the initial two matches due to illness.

“The toss will play a crucial role, even though the pitches stay the same during both innings,” said Khan, whose inclusion is expected to be one of the two changes to the Pakistan team for the third one-dayer. Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria is also likely to play this match.