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Lara sure team can level series
published: Saturday | December 9, 2006

FAISALABAD, Pakistan (CMC):

West Indies skipper Brian Lara is confident the regional side can level their One-Day International series against Pakistan, when the third match starts in Lahore tomorrow.

Lara told reporters Thursday the team knew what was required of them, following their narrow two-wicket loss in the second match at the Iqbal Stadium Thursday.

Sure of team's ability

"I'm very sure of our ability to do so (level the series). You saw what we did today (Thursday), 151 runs in a one-day game, no team should come that close and we know now, the equation is right there in front of us," the 37-year-old said.

"We need to get runs on the board, and if we bowl first I'm almost sure that the bowlers are going to do a fantastic job, but we still need to finish it off with the bat, so we are going to be working and talking about that area (the batting)."

Failed miserably

West Indies' batting failed miserably in the opening ODI Thursday, gathering just 151 all out in 49.5 overs, with Runako Morton top-scoring with 43.

In their turn at the crease, Pakistan also struggled but reached their target at 154 for eight in the 49th over with captain Inzamam-ul-Haq finishing 42 not out.

The first ODI, scheduled for Rawalpindi Tuesday, was rained out.

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