India were comprehensively outplayed by Pakistan in the opening match of the Videocon Cup, and after a 66-run loss in a rain-shortened encounter, Sourav Ganguly rued the team's lack of consistency, and hoped they could pick themselves up in a hurry. "All of us need to be more consistent, not one match here or there, said Ganguly." Unfortunately that is not happening."
Ganguly said the target of 194 was not out of India's reach, but conceded that batting second was tricky. "Batting second did make a difference, but not much. Even in the first innings, the wicket was slow and gripping when the seamers were bowling."
PTI reported that Ganguly also said that the last two overs of India's bowling, when they conceded 32 runs, had made a big difference.
Inzamam-ul-Haq was understandably delighted with his team's performance and dished out the praise all around. "The boys played well and it was a total team effort." Two cricketers came in for special mention: "[Shoaib] Malik has been playing well for us in the last few matches," he said, "and [Abdul] Razzaq is a good all-rounder. I hope he continues his good performances."
When asked about not reaching the Asia Cup final because of a bonus point they conceded, Inzamam said, "What happened in the Asia Cup was unfortunate but we were determined not to let that happen again."