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Chappell unfazed by dismal show

The coach said he did not read much into the truncated first Test even though he advised the team to learn lessons.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2005 19:03 IST

Unfazed by the poor batting display, India coach Greg Chapell on Tuesday said he did not read much into the truncated first Test even though he advised the team to learn lessons from the match and correct them in the next Test.

Talking to reporters,he said the one-and-a-half day's match was a good practice for both the teams.

Pointing out that the conditions were quite difficult to bat on, the Aussie said that he was not unduly worried about the performance of the batsmen even though the host side was all out for a meagre 167.

"They bowled well and the conditions were difficult for batting," Chappell said, when asked about India' collapse from 90 for two to 167 all out, the lowest ever total against the islanders.

He also said he was not concerned about opener Virender Sehwag not converting good starts into big scores.

"It's not a big issue. We talked about this to him. We had talked about it earlier also. Hopefully, he will do better in the Delhi Test," he said.

"He is the top scorer of the team (in this Test)," Chappell pointed out.

He, however, admitted that the team should have made a decent score in the match.

Asked about Sourav Ganguly flopping with the bat and conceding 16 runs in his two overs, Chappell reiterated "I do not read too much into what happened here."

Meanwhile, Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu and coach Tom Moody said the team had gained some psychological advantage before going into the second Test in Delhi from December 10.

"It's psychologically beneficial in a number of ways. We are pleased with the little bit of cricket after being confined to the hotel rooms. We bowled well and the batsmen gained some good practice, especially Mahela Jayawardene, who scored a half century," the captain said.

"We are very pleased about our performance. We were more disciplined as we managed to restrict the strong Indian batting line up to a low total. It was not the easiest of the wicket to bat on. The ball kept a bit low initially. It was hard work for batsmen. We are very satisfied and are looking forward to Delhi," Atapattu said.

"We need to be more consistent and that's what we are trying to do. The good performance here will give a lot of confidence to the side," he added.

The skipper and the coach were all praise for Chaminda Vaas, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his four-wicket haul.

"It's an exceptional performance. Bowling 10 successive maidens, that too against a strong Indian batting line up, is very remarkable," Atapattu said.

The skipper also had a word of praise for leggie Malinga Bandara, who he said had claimed his first Test wicket after seven years.

Attapattu, meanwhile, revealed that he had sprained his ankle yesterday and aggravated it this morning. He, however, claimed that he would be fit for the second Test.

First Published: Dec 06, 2005 19:03 IST