`I knew if we bowled and fielded well, we’d win,’ says Clarke

April 28th, 2009 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Abu Dhabi (UAE), Apr.28 (ANI): Australia acting-captain Michael Clarke has said that he always knew that if his team bowled and fielded well, ” we would get enough opportunities.”

Speaking after his team’s come from behind victory in the third one-day international against Pakistan, Clarke told Fox Sports: “Even though they were 0-95 at one stage, I was still confident that on that wicket once the ball got a little bit older we could win the game.”

“We definitely have a lot to work on but I can guarantee we won’t be thinking about it tonight,” Clarke said after the match.

“We have a few days off or a few days with no cricket, which will be nice. The boys should be very happy; very proud, it was a wonderful performance. I thought our bowlers, the way we fielded, was fantastic, they showed plenty of courage and I’m very happy with how we performed,” Fox Sports quoted Clarke, as saying.

Clarke starred with both bat and ball as Australia pulled off a 27-run victory against Pakistan in the Abu Dhabi match.

Pakistan looked to be cruising towards a comfortable victory at 0-95 after 22 overs, but then lost ten wickets for 77 runs. Australia had earlier scored a disappointing 7-198.

Off-spinner Nathan Hauritz and then left-arm finger-spinner Clarke each took two wickets in two balls in the space of three overs to spark a Pakistan collapse. Clarke had earlier top-scored with 66 and followed that with figures of 3-15 on the spin-friendly pitch.

The win gave Australia a 2-1 lead in the five-game series, with the remaining two matches to be played Friday and Sunday. (ANI)

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