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We will push for victory tomorrow: Dhoni

Kolkata, Dec 3 (UNI) India vice-captain M S Dhoni today said India will push for a win tomorrow.

In the customery press met, Dhoni said, ''We will bat for sometime tomorrow and everything depends on time and the runs we score. The wicket is helping the spinners. And normally the game changes on the final day. We will look for a win tomorrow.'' Asked about the wicket, he said, ''It's a slow track. The bowlers will have to use the rough. When balls get softer scoring gets difficult. It is because of this that the declaration is delayed. In this pitch it is hard to hit all the balls for fours and six.'' ''You have to be on the safer side first. You need extra runs to challenge them in this kind of wicket,'' he said.

Talking about Misbah-Kamran partnership, he said, ''they scored runs especially when we set up an attacking field.'' He said that the spinners would be more effective on this pitch, especially on the last day.

''Its really hard to score of the spinners on this track. We have to beat them in flight, turn and bounce.This kind of wicket is very normal in Indian cricket. The only thing is that, this wicket is a little more flatter.'' Asked about the field placement, he said, ''On this type of a wicket catches can go up anywhere. So we have to put in lot of close-in fielders.'' Asked why Sourav Ganguly was sent before Sachin, he said, ''Since a leg spinner was bowling we send Ganguly ahead of Sachin.'' Whether they could have scored more runs today, he said, ''We were ready to bat the full quota today. But since the umpires thought otherwise. We had to come back.'' On whether R P Singh would be playing in Bangalore, Dhoni said, ''First we will go to Bangalroe then decide.'' He also lauded the Pakistan batting. '' Pakistan have a strong batting line up and we could get the breakthroughs mainly because of good bowling. Akmal and Misbah were not really looking for big shots.'' UNI

Story first published: Monday, December 3, 2007, 19:10 [IST]
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