Razzaq keeps his cool

Abdul Razzaq

Abdul Razzaq is all smiles after carrying Pakistan past the finishing post © Getty Images

Pakistan hero Abdul Razzaq admitted he felt the nerves during his match-winning innings in the ICC Champions Trophy victory over Sri Lanka in Jaipur.

Set 254 to win, Pakistan could have been in trouble at 201 for six with 7.1 overs to go, but the all-rounder dispelled any doubts with an exemplary display of clean hitting.

He took advantage of being dropped on five to smash an unbeaten 38 off just 24 balls as Pakistan won by four wickets with 11 balls to spare.

“I was under pressure. The situation was tense,” said Razzaq, who admitted he struggled with the ball despite returning figures of 4-50 earlier on.

“I was struggling in the bowling because the pitch was really slow. I just kept bowling at the stumps.”

Younis Khan, stand-in captain in the absence of the banned Inzamam-ul-Haq, added: “It was a team effort.”

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was disappointed with the result but satisfied with his side’s performance.

“If you lose a game this is the way to lose it,” he said. “We lost wickets at crucial times when we looked like building up a decent score and that did not help the cause.

“We didn’t play our ‘A’ game but the guys worked really hard.”

Bowling second under the lights, Sri Lanka’s bowlers appeared to struggle with the heavy dew on the field as night fell.

However, Jayawardene, who opted to bat after winning the toss, refused to use this as an excuse.

“Fielders found it difficult to grip the ball but we knew what the conditions were going to be. I think we made a lot of mistakes,” he added.

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