Hafeez credits bowlers for win over India
Tuesday 25 December 2012
The Pakistan captain, Mohammad Hafeez praised his bowlers for his side's first ever Twenty20 victory on Indian soil as the tourists went 1-0 up in the first bilateral series played between the sides' for five years.
Paceman Umar Gul (three for 21) was the pick of the bowlers while Saeed Ajmal claimed two victims with his offbreaks as MS Dhoni's side were limited to 133 for nine.
Pakistan were reduced to 12 for three before the calm presence of Hafeez (61) and the experienced Shoaib Malik (57 not out) steadied the ship. Malik smashed the fourth ball of the final over for six to secure a five-wicket victory but Hafeez believes his bowling attack was key to victory.
"It's a great effort," he said. "The boys were excellent in the bowling. We knew that we had a good bowling attack with some of the best in the world. They restricted India and Malik hit a good knock at the end.
"This is a gift for the whole nation."
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