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Pakistan waiting for S African sting

AP , FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq was wary yesterday of a tough fight from South Africa in the remaining three matches despite leading 2-0 in the one-day series.

"South Africa is a world-class team and we know that big teams always come back strongly in the five-match series," said Inzamam, who suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday's 42-run victory and reported he had only a 50-50 of starting for Tuesday's match.

"But so far we haven't made many mistakes and I hope we would continue the good work going," he added.

The Pakistan captain gave credit for two victories against Graeme Smith's team to his bowlers as South Africa twice failed to chase the totals of 277 and 267 despite getting solid starts.

"Our bowlers especially [Mo-hammad] Sami and Shoaib [Ak-htar] have done a wonderful job, and I hope they continue to deliver goods," he said.

Pakistan has included Naved Latif in the probables list in case Inzamam isn't recovered. Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria also made his way into the side after Mushtaq Ahmad was told to rest seven to 10 days for a pulled abdomen muscle.

Yousuf Youhana exchanged some hot words with medium fast bowler Andrew Hall during Sunday's game when the bowler hit the Pakistan batsman with an elbow as he tried to complete a run. However, Inzamam said no complaint would be filed.

"We want to play a good series against South Africa. We do not want to get involved in any controversy," he said.

Smith promised some "real good cricket" from his team, although the Proteas have badly missed Herschelle Gibbs, their hard-hitting opener, who has yet to recover fully from a pulled stomach muscle. Moorne van Wyk, 24, has been called as Gibbs' replacement and might get a chance in the only day game of the series.

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