Wanted to start the series with a win: Hafeez

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 26, 2012 02:57 hrs

Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez Tuesday said that he was happy to start the shot limited overs series with a win over India in the first of the two Twenty20 Internationals here at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"It is a great effort, we wanted to do well at the start of the series. Mohammed Irfan was the surprise package for us and everybody. We knew that we had a good attack. We knew that Umar Gul has been always good with the old ball, they restricted India where we wanted them to. Once the spinners came on after the new ball, we knew we had a chance, we took a risk at the right time. It is a gift for the whole nation, it is Quaid day back home," he said.

India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his team was 10-15 runs short.

"If we would have got more runs ... We got a good start, fantastic effort by the openers, we kept losing wickets after that, 10 or 15 more runs we should have got easily. 145 would have been a safe score. But you have to pitch it up, not bowl short. That gamble was done three or four overs before that [on not having a fast bowler for the last over]. At that time, Pakistan was scoring at a high pace, we had to take that gamble," he said.

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