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December 12, 2004
Irfan Pathan completed his first ten-wicket haul in Tests against Bangaldesh on the third day at Dhaka. He spoke to the press afterwards:
On picking up 10 wickets in a match so soon after picking up his first 5-for
It's a great feeling for me. To get first five wickets and then 10 wickets. You need one five-wicket haul to get you started. I didn't know it is going to happen so quickly.
About all those lbws
It was easy for me because I was able to bowl the inswingers, especially with the new ball. It's difficult for any batsman to play against such a swinging ball. I don't think they played badly, the bowling was good.
How he rates this performance
Very highly. I think I bowled a lot better in the second innings than the first: in the afternoon you generally don't get that much swing. The most satisfying was the wicket I got in the first over.
What did you intend for Habibul Bashar?
We had our plans. You never know whether someone will fall into the trap. But we always have our plans to all the batsmen.
Was a conscious decision to bowl from Jeremy Lloyds' end in both innings?
It wasn't like that. I was bowling with the wind in the first innings. In the second there was no wind so I thought I would try his end.
On the conditions in Dhaka
The ball swings more here than in India. I think this wicket was the best I've played in Asia.
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