India hope to beat Pak at Peshawar

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

After disappointing their fans at Quetta with some ordinary soccer, India would be keen to put up a better display against Pakistan in the second match.

India hope to beat Pak at Peshawar
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Peshawar:

After disappointing their fans at Quetta with some ordinary soccer, India would be keen to put up a better display against Pakistan in the second match of the National Bank Series at the Qayyum Sports Complex tomorrow. India captain S Venkatesh said he was looking forward to a much better show from his strikers and that in spite of being held to a 1-1 draw, his team looked a better side in Quetta. Looking ahead "We created more opportunities and inroads in the Pakistan defence. Now all we need to do is to convert those chances and control the pace of the game for the full 90 minutes," he said. "The first match of any series is always difficult because the players have butterflies in their stomach. Now we have settled down and the gap between the two games has provided us to work more on our strategy and prepare a fresh game plan on the strength of the Pakistan team," he added. But the team's preparations received a setback with the news that team trainer Paradeep Dutta's father passed away in Kolkata. "It is disturbing news for everyone because we are a closely-knit team," said Venkatesh. Pakistan, on the other hand, were oozing with confidence ahead of tomorrow's match. (PTI)

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