~~It~~s an uphill task against Indian spinners~~

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2002, 23:48 [IST]
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New Delhi: Zimbabwe captain Stuart Carlisle conceded on Wednesday his team would find it difficult to square the ongoing two-Test series against India.Zimbabwe lost the opening Test by an innings and 101 runs on Monday, failing to cope with the Indian spin twins on a turning wicket at Nagpur. "It will be hard to play Indian spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh on this pitch which should turn from the third day," Carlisle said ahead of Thursday's second and final Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground. "With Andy Flower not in top form, it may not be easy fighting it out with India. We have been depending too much on him and it is time others came good," Carlisle said. The left-handed Flower, who scored 540 in two Tests on the last tour of India in 2000, failed twice at Nagpur as he could score just three and eight. Carlisle also said his team was short of one quality spinner on Indian pitches as there was none to support Raymond Price. "Ray did a great job at Nagpur," said Carlisle. "Unfortunately, he is the only spinner in the side and we shouldn't be expecting too much from him. It would have been great if we had another specialist spinner." Meanwhile, Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly, who has scored just three half-centuries in his last 28 Test innings, said he was trying hard to get big scores. "I've been getting runs but need to convert some of those knocks into big ones. I hope to get a big score in this match." India (from): Saurav Ganguly (captain), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Venkatsai Laxman, Shiv Sunder Das, Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Deep Dasgupta, Tinu Yohannan, Sanjay Bangar and Sharandeep Singh. Zimbabwe (from): Stuart Carlisle (captain), Heath Streak, Alistair Campbell, Dion Ebrahim, Andy Flower, Grant Flower, Travis Friend, Trevor Gripper, Mpumelelo Mbangwa, Raymond Price, Gavin Rennie, Tatendu Taibu, Brighton Watambwa and Craig Wishart. Umpires: A V Jayaprakash (India) and Asoka de Silva (Sri Lanka). Match referee: John Reid (New Zealand).

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