Misbah happy to take charge

Batsman had no qualms with shouldering the load against Windies

Last Updated: 29/04/11 10:48am

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Misbah: Winning knock of 62

Misbah: Winning knock of 62

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Misbah-ul-Haq was pleased to take the responsibility of seeing Pakistan home in the third one-day international against West Indies.

The 36-year-old batsman made an unbeaten 62 as the tourists chased down 172 to claim a series-clinching victory at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.

A string of early wickets had left Pakistan in trouble before a middle-order wobble produced another scare, but Misbah dug in and eventually sealed the win with 4.5 overs to spare.

Despite seeing Pakistan lose their first four wickets inside 12 overs, the Test skipper did not panic as he batted out the shaky spell.

"The wicket wasn't easy for us as there was bit more bounce and pace," said Misbah, who was named the man of the match.

Softer

"I thought I had to bat until the end for us to win. The ball got softer as it got older, so I could handle it easily eventually,"

"With the new ball, (Ravi) Rampaul bowled really well and kept us under pressure."

With his side known having an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, captain Shahid Afridi is planning to blood some youngsters in the remaining two contests.

Afridi said: "The way the boys delivered in the series was good. There are still some problems. The coaches will come hard in the meetings.

"We all know we made mistakes. We will now look to give chances to youngsters in the batting area and we have a medium-pacer or two to come in as well."

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