We fell short by hundred runs: Malik

Updated: 27 November 2007 10:19 IST

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Monday attributed his team's loss in the first Test against India to the failure of batsmen to put up good score.

We fell short by hundred runs: Malik

New Delhi:

Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik on Monday attributed his team's loss in the first Test against India to the failure of batsmen to put up good score in both the innings.

Malik said the team fell short by 100 runs in the second innings.

"We were 100 runs short in the second innings. That could have made the difference," Malik said after India won by six wickets and took 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

Malik, who went into the match with three seamer and only one specialist spinner on slow Kotla track, justified his decision, saying they required more runs and not extra spinner for a win.

"We did not feel the need of another spinner in the side. (Danish) Kaneria picked four wickets in the first innings. In the second innings, we had 100 runs less and a spinner will take some time (for which there was no space)," he said after losing with almost a day to spare.

"If we could have scored 300 in the second innings we could have won. We did not do well in batting department."

Malik, who was criticised as an uninspiring captain after Pakistan lost the ODI series 2-3 against India, said he gave his best for the team's success.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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