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We'll post a good total to win: Smith

The South African captain said his team will seek to take the lead again in the third ODI against India in Chennai.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2005 19:25 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

South African captain Graeme Smith on Monday said his team will seek to take the lead again in the third cricket one-dayer against India on the Chidambaram stadium pitch which will allow them to "make a lot of runs".

"I have not seen the wicket but my coach tells me it is a firm wicket. The facilities here seems to be excellent. It is a small ground. We should have a lot of runs from this wicket," Smith said on the eve of the match.

"We hope we win the toss and post a good total for winning the match," he said.

Smith said the dew would play a significant role affecting one of the teamson Tuesdayand in the remaining ties, which are all day-night matches.

"It (dew) has been a frustrating factor and going to play an important role in the next three matches affecting either of the teams plan," he said.

"The conditions here is a bit more humid than in South Africa where it is hotter. It is sweaty," he said about the southern city where rains kept the two teams away from nets on the match eve.

When asked what would be his team's strategy if it becomes a truncated match, the youngest captain of the South African team said "We won't face any problem in that. We've many options. We can bat up to number 10 and post a good total because we have got several all-rounders".

On his batsmens' vulnerability to spin bowling, Smith said "before we left South Africa we knew Indian wickets will assist spinners but Bangalore was dry.

"Here the wicket looks to be spin-friendly. I am sure it will turn here a little bit but not as much as it did in Bangalore," he said.

Smith indicated the return of Charles Langeveldt, who suffered an injury in the first ODI.

"Langeveldt has recovered well but he has to be medically declared fit tomorrow morning when we will announce our playing XI," he said.

The skipper also expected AB de Villiers to strike form on Tuesday. "He is a world class batsman. We expect him to get his form tomorrow."

"As far as our strategy is concerned, our goal is to win as many matches as possible. The fact that we have won 20/21 matches motivates my team to win the series in India," said the skipper.

First Published: Nov 21, 2005 19:25 IST