ISLAMABAD - Lack of coordination cost Pakistan dearly as Aqeel Khan and Abid Ali Akbar lost marathon Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Group-II semifinal doubles match against Christophre Banjamin Rungkat and Sunu Wahyu Trijati 3-2 in four hours and 30 minutes of breathtaking high-quality tennis played on Wednesday.

Pakistan team still holds 2-1 advantage, but now the momentum is shifted heavily in favour of the hosts. Talking to The Nation from Indonesia, Aqeel said: “We could have easily wrapped up the match as we had a number of chances in the entire match, but lack of coordination between Abid and me was the main reason behind our defeat. We had never played together and it became a great disadvantage for us. We faced a lot of difficulties, as I had played with Aisam in the past and we had developed great understanding. I am not giving lame excuses, but it is bitter and harsh reality. I still believe we have 70 percent chances of pulling off victory in the tie and I am feeling very tired after playing one four-set and now five-set match. I will check my physical state of the body just before the start of all-important first reverse singles. I know the country's hopes rest on my shoulders and I, as always, will put my country's interests ahead over my personal ones.”

He said they made tactical change before the start of the doubles, as they withdrew David Aguns Susanto and opted to put their No 1 player Christophre Banjamin Rungkat, which shifted the momentum in their favour as both had played together on a number of occasions. “We started quite well and managed to take the first set 6-4; we could have won the second set as we had chances to break their serve at least thrice, we were comfortably placed at 40-0, but failed to win single point required to break their game. The same happened again when we were leading 30-0, it was more than enough for Rungkat/Trijati to seal the fate of the set as they it 7-5. We were all over the place in the third set and were completely lacking coordination, which resulted in easy sailing for Rungkat/Trijati, who won the set 6-3 to take 2-1 lead,” Aqeel said.

“After going 2-1 down, we were completely aware of the fact that we had to win the fourth set to stand chance of remaining in the match. We found some rhythm and momentum shifted in our favor and I played some forceful passing shots down the line and my serve was also very accurate, and resultantly, we won the set 6-3 to take the match into fifth and deciding set. We were all over the place, struggling to play our natural game and we paid heavy price for all our mistakes as our opponents won the set 6-3 in four hours and 30 minutes of grueling encounter,” he added.

“We still lead 2-1, now I have to make huge decision of playing the all-important fourth reverse singles match against either Christophre Banjamin Rungkat or David Aguns Susanto. I am sure they will use Rungkat and if they manage to win the reverse singles, their chances will certainly get huge boost of winning the second and last reverse singles, which I think Samir will play for Pakistan. I request the entire nation to pray for our success as we want to give Pakistanis beautiful gift of Ramazan and advance Eid by winning the Davis Cup tie,” Aqeel concluded.