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Indian team concentrates on spin bowling

It was a strenuous work out for the Indian team today with stress on tackling the spin bowlers and working on close in catches as it prepared to put the ignominy of defeat in the opener behind.Full Coverage: India in Sri Lanka

cricket Updated: Jul 29, 2008 18:40 IST
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Indian team concentrates on spin bowling

It was a strenuous work out for the Indian team today with stress on tackling the spin bowlers and working on close in catches as it prepared to put the ignominy of defeat in the opener behind and move ahead for the second cricket Test here on Thursday.

Looking at the players they do not seem sure whether to take the menacing Muthaiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis head on or opt for a copy book defence.

While the Indians took to the nets since 9.30 am and ended in theafternoon, the Sri Lankan players resumed their session only at 2 pm.

The prominent green grass blades on the ground and the developed pitch seem to promise an interesting match between the two Asian cricketing giants though the Indians would begin as underdogs going by the humilitating defeat in the first outing.

The seemingly small boundaries could temptplayers like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhirand Kumara Sanghakkarato have a go at the bowlers.

The locals in the city are one in stating they would not like to miss the opportunity and watch the match at least for a day.

The hoteliers are aghast that Galle has been overlooked as the venue for one-dayers against India which could have sent their cash registers ringing.

The picturesque Galle International stadium is located amidst the meandering roads that head for the Galle fort and people can even view the match atop the old European style fort.