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India can save the match, says Chappell

He said the conditions were such that batting for two days would not be all that difficult.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 14:54 IST

Coach Greg Chappell is optimistic that India would be able to save the third and decisive cricket Test against Pakistan, saying the conditions were such that batting for two days would not be all that difficult.

"It's possible to win the Test but there's an even better possibility that we can save it. But if you need conditions to save a Test match they are here," Chappell told reporters after the third day's play which saw Pakistan amass an overall lead of 518 runs.

Chappell said the onus was on Pakistan to set the target for India.

"They have the time on their hands. It's not for me to say when they should," he said.

Chappell also sprang to the defence of his bowlers after they were belted all around the park by the Pakistan batsmen in the second innings.

"The bowlers did a great job under the circumstances. They gave everything. It was a good, gutsy effort. There was no spin, no seam on the wicket, but no one dropped his shoulders," he said.

Chappell did not want to dwell on the subject of missed opportunities by the Indian team.

"You could say we should have batted better on the second day or look at a lot of things that way. But players now need to deal with the situation as it stands."

Chappell said further that the wicket had become very good for batting but still as history has shown, fast bowlers could win the match on this pitch too and the Pakistan team had the pacers to do so.

Chappell asked a scribe to spot a bowler in India who could consistently bowl at 135-140 kph. "If you can spot such a bowler, let me know," he retorted to a question whether India needed fast bowlers to win on these pitches.

Asked about Sachin Tendulkar's absence from the field in the first session, the coach said it was taken as a precautionary measure after the champion batsman had an on-field collision with Pakistan batsman Mohammed Yousuf late last evening while trying to effect a run-out.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 10:20 IST