India will go for victory: Laxman

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Bangalore
Mar 28, 2005 10:54 AM IST

VVS Laxman admitted that though the target appeared to be a difficult one, anything was possible when Virender Sehwag was at the crease.

Despite leading the series 1-0 and needing just a draw to clinch the series, India would try its best to win the third and final cricket Test against Pakistan, batsman VVS Laxman said on Sunday.

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"We will definitely go for the win. It is very important how we start the day. Luckily for us, throughout the series we have had a very good start. (Virender) Sehwag and (Gautam) Gambhir have done a real good job," Laxman told reporters after India finished the fourth day at 25 for no loss chasing a victory target of 383.

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Laxman admitted that though the target appeared to be a difficult one, anything was possible when Sehwag was around.

"350 to 360 is a difficult target. But the way Sehwag is playing, nothing is impossible for us," the stylish batsman from Hyderabad, who made a classy unbeaten 79 in India's first innings, said.

"Wicket hasn't deteriorated as much. And it's a good wicket to bat on. It's very important how you start on. If we start off well, then we can put pressure on Pakistani bowlers."

Laxman said his side knew that Pakistan would come hard at them since "they have nothing to lose".

"They have got nothing to lose. They have already lost the second Test. They are going for a win."

Laxman said he was "disappointed" to miss out on scoring a century.

He was also not happy with the way the tailenders — Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh and Lakshmipathy Balaji — lost their wickets.

"You want the tailenders to play proper cricketing shots. But sometimes that's the kind of shots the cricketers play and it works out because they are all stroke-players.

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