ISLAMABAD – The Thailand team had an upper hand against Pakistan in the doubles of the Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-II final, played here at the grass courts of the Pakistan Sports Complex on Saturday.
The Thailand team of Sanchai Ratiwatana and Sonchat Ratiwatana outclassed Pakistan’s Muhammad Abid and Shahzad Khan by 3-1 (4-6, 6-4, 6-1, 6-1) in the doubles. Pakistan led the first set by 6-4 but after that lost three consecutive sets to Thailand by 4-6, 1-6, 1-6. The match lasted for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Speaking after the match, Pakistan captain Mohammed Khalid said “we didn’t play Aqeel Khan and Aisam ul Haq in the doubles as we wanted to avoid an injury of these two players. “We want to come back strong on Sunday,” he said.
“Though we didn’t expect this type of result but hopefully we would do better on the last day,” he said. It may be mentioned here that Pakistan led the singles on the first day of the Davis Cup final by 2-0.–APP