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Good batting boosted my confidence for bowling: Irfan Pathan

Last Updated: Saturday, August 04, 2012, 23:00
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Good batting boosted my confidence for bowling: Irfan PathanPallekele: Irfan Pathan, who was India`s star with his fine all-round performance, said his good batting towards the end of Indian innings gave him the confidence to bowl well as he picked up five Sri Lanka wickets in his side`s win, on Saturday.

Pathan scored an unbeaten 29 and shared a valuable 77-run stand with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in India`s score of 274 for nine.

Pathan then scalped five wickets to help India beat Sri Lanka by 20 runs.

"God`s grace. I was bowling well throughout the series. Had too many bad deliveries today but got five wickets. The batting gave me a lot of confidence, it came at the right time," Pathan said after being adjudged Man-of-the-match.

Pathan said the conditions too suited his style of bowling.


"In Premadasa and here, the ball does swing with the humid conditions, and with the two new balls it does help swing the ball. It`s a great feeling," he said.

Young Indian batsman Virat Kohli, who slammed two centuries in the series, was declared Man of the Series.

Angelo Mathews, who led Sri Lanka as regular skipper Mahela Jaywardene was rested, acknowledged the gritty batting by Lahiru Thirimanne (77) and Jeevan Mendis (72).

"Encouraging to see Thirimanne and Mendis taking on the challenge. Unfortunately we fell short by 20 runs, we gave away some runs on the field. The Indians have a very good batting line-up. But we did too many mistakes on specific days and that was the result of our downfall. Mendis works really hard and is a wonderful asset for us," Mathews said.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, August 04, 2012, 23:00

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abu dhoni - chennai
well done india... this is full of team effort.... khali batting was assm.. and also gambir... irfan we dont talk abt him... he ill drop this tour but he got a chance... that was full of in god s hand... in our team umeash yadhav having lot of talent but he ill not show that.... we have to improve gambir say na... we hav to improve last 10 ovr bowling ..... any good luck for coming tour....
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MAK - Delhi
It was a total team struggle to get win but Gautam and Irfan Pathan have special for start well and end well. Irfan Pathan though ignored long time but he proved again and it is up to boos of the team and coach to promote him in batting too get a chance all-rounder as he was before.
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MAK - Delhi
It was a total team struggle to get win but Gautam and Irfan Pathan have special for start well and end well. Irfan Pathan though ignored long time but he proved again and it is up to boos of the team and coach to promote him in batting too get a chance all-rounder as he was before.
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deepak - dubai
irfan pathan come back
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Abhinash ts - Guwahati
Well done team india..thank you for giving us this wonderful gift in the time of independence day. Just play the game like this and please do not creates any distrubance on the team because you are team india and we indian take you all as god. Thank you.
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