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India keen to keep up the show

India go into 2nd cricket match against SL in Mohali today. Ind-SL ODI records

india Updated: Oct 28, 2005 19:02 IST

India notched up their most impressive victory in recent times at Nagpur. But the Indian team is not reading much into it in terms of gaining an upper edge. "I would not say we have gained an edge over our opponents, I would rather see it as a good sign for the rest of the series. But obviously we have made a good start," said Indian skipper Rahul Dravid.

Sri Lankan, on the other hand, are not much bothered with the huge defeat. "It was just one odd defeat, so we shouldn't read much into it. It would be a new game tomorrow and we would play without thinking about the last one," said Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Attapattu on Thursday.

Well, the result, as both the skippers maintained, may not have given any clear cut edge to any team for the rest of the series, but one can easily figure out what this emphatic victory would have done to the morale of the Indian side that has been grappling with controversies and a string of defeats for some time now.

And that became pretty much evident once the Indian team came for practice. The smiles and the giggles of the players during the practice session said it all. The bunch appeared at peace with itself, at least from outside, and would go into the match with its tail up.

But the ride this time around may not be that smooth as the Indians will face a more prepared opponent and much different conditions than what they got in Nagpur.

If the wicket here plays on expected lines, it would offer, unlike in Nagpur, an equal opportunity to batsmen and the seamers. More significantly, the role of the spinners would for certain be much less significant than it was in Nagpur. The toss, however, could be as crucial as in Nagpur due to excessive dew.

Both the captains admitted that change in conditions would be crucial and would alter their strategies. But they also maintained that they could not afford to think much about the conditions.

First Published: Oct 28, 2005 03:30 IST