Match evenly poised: Butt

Updated: 25 November 2007 11:02 IST

Pakistan opener Salman Butt feels the first cricket Test between India and Pakistan is "evenly poised" with day four being crucial for both teams' cha

Match evenly poised: Butt
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New Delhi:

Pakistan opener Salman Butt feels the first cricket Test between India and Pakistan is "evenly poised" with day four being crucial for both teams' chances.

"I don't think the match has turned in India's favour. It is a game of partnerships and played in sessions. So we are still in the game," he said after the third day's play.

"The match is evenly poised and whichever team plays well tomorrow will win the match," he said with Pakistan leading by 167 runs with five wickets intact in their second innings.

Butt said if there is fog tomorrow morning it would help the batsmen as there will be mositure in the pitch.

"Today there was less fog and more sunlight. But tomorrow if there will be fog there will be juice in the pitch and it will assist the batsmen. Otherwise, the wicket will be slow and low."

The opener, whom leg-spinner Anil Kumble had caught by Rahul Dravid at slip for a personal score of 67, said a lead of 300 would be a good target to set.

"It (the dismissal) happens in cricket. You get out but no one can say anything. We are still in the match and anything around 300 would be a good target to defend in the fourth innings," he said.

"But they (India) have good batsmen and they can play," he added.

Asked if the below-par performance of Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan was worrying the team, Butt said "it was not their failure."

"It happens sometimes, but a team never depends only on two people," he said.

The left-hander does not see any devils in the Kotla pitch.

"I don't think pitch did anything. Whoever played well got the runs" but adding "There is wear and tear in the pitch and ball is keeping low," he said.

On the 45-run first innings lead taken by India, Butt said "we could have bowled them out for the score we had put on board."

Topics : Cricket India Pakistan
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