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Smith, Waqar praise exciting one-day cricket

DUBAI: South African skipper Graeme Smith and Pakistan team coach Waqar Younis both described the fourth one-day match between their two teams as having been exciting and good for 50-over form of cricket.
Pakistan pulled off a sensational one-wicket win on the penultimate delivery of the match after being set a challenging 275-run target on Friday, to level the five-match series at 2-2 and set an intriguing fifth match for Monday. Smith, whose 98 was the cornerstone for the South African total, termed the series as having been ultra competitive.
“The four teams that are playing one day cricket at the moment are doing a good job keeping people on the edge of their seats,” said Smith of the Pakistan-South Africa and Australia-Sri Lanka series. Smith said close matches are good for one-day cricket.
“Games like these are good things. Cricket is competitive no matter what the format is but it is exciting and good for the game,” said Smith, who missed the second and third match after suffering a hand injury. Smith said his team had a good chance of winning after taking the wickets of Shahid Afridi and Razzaq, but failed.
“The wickets of Afridi and Razzaq led us back in the game and we managed to create a lit bit of pressure from then on. We had a chance to win but we did not take it and that was disappointing,” said Smith.
Waqar described it as “a hell of a game” and “good for the health of one-day cricket.” “A win is always a boost to the team and now we will try our best to win the series in the last game,” added Waqar.

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