England captain Michael Vaughan heaped praise on his Pakistan counterpart Inzamam-ul-Haq after the second Test ended in a draw yesterday.
Inzamam, whose lowest score so far in the threematch series was 53 in the first innings of the opening Test in Multan, was named man of the match in Faisalabad after hitting two centuries in the same Test for the first time in his career.
"Inzamam played two fantastic knocks and he was the difference between the two sides," said Vaughan.
England, who slumped to 20 for four in their second innings after being set 285 to win, ended the match on 164 for six and Vaughan was pleased to escape with a draw.
Vaughan admitted to mixed feelings of relief and disappointment that even though they did not lose in the end, their proud sequence of series wins must stop at six in a row.
Vaughan's Ashes heroes knew from the outset this assignment in Pakistan and next spring's equally tough mission to India would test their credentials as potential world-beaters, and last night the captain was not running away from the fact that England must regroup next week in Lahore to come from 1-0 down to square the contest.
"It is a blow, but we still have a chance of drawing this series. When you come to this part of the world a draw isn't a disaster," he said.
"It's always good to go to the last day of a Test with all three results still possible. We had to fight hard today but full credit to both teams.
"We really fought on that first day when we lost the toss. Pakistan put us under a lot of pressure by getting a decent score and we batted really well to get close to them.
"We are happy to get out of it [with a draw]. We're still 1-0 down going to the last Test in Lahore but we'll look to play a similar game and if we get a chance to win we'll try to take it there.
"The cricket is tough for us out here but we are enjoying our time and hopefully in Lahore there will be one result, an England win, and it will be 1-1."
Inzamam was delighted after his ton in the second innings broke Javed Miandad's Pakistan record of 23 Test centuries.
"This was a big Test match for me because I broke Javed's record," he said.
"I am also very happy because the boys are playing really well. Sometimes we get into difficult positions but the team are very determined and they always fight back."
Inzamam praised express fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who took five wickets in the match on a flat pitch here.
"In both Tests so far Shoaib has bowled really well," said Inzamam.
"He has worked really hard and has given more than 100 per cent."
Inzamam said Pakistan would not use negative tactics in Lahore next week to win the three-match series.
"It is a nice feeling to be one up with no possibility of us losing the series. But we have no intention of playing for a draw," he said.
"We will continue to play positive cricket and try to win the final Test."
Weather and bad light could play a part in deciding the outcome of that Test, with a 10pm start and 5pm close. Some 75 overs were lost in the second Test due to bad light on all five days.
"I don't know what the situation is in Lahore but the weather conditions will definitely have a big role to play in that match," said Inzamam.