Port of Spain (Trinidad): West Indies fast bowler Mervyn Dillon said Monday he was confident of his team's victory in the second Test against India.
"I'm confident we'll win this match," said Dillon, who wrecked India with three wickets in six overs to lead a remarkable West Indian fight back on the fourth day at the Queen's Park Oval. The West Indies was 131 for two at stumps, needing 313 to win the match and gain a 1- 0 lead in a five-Test series. Brian Lara was batting on 40 and skipper Carl Hooper on one. "I don't think I'll have to play a role with the bat. With Brian, Carl, Shiv and Gayle to bat again, we are very much in front," said the 27-year-old fast bowler, who finished with four for 42 off 21 overs. "The wicket is a good batting track. I think if you put the ball in the right place consistently you can get wickets." Dillon was brilliantly supported by fellow- paceman Cameron Cuffy (three for 53) as India was shot out for 218 in its second innings, losing its last six wickets for a meagre 13 runs. "It's a special effort," said Dillon of his morning's 6-3-8-3 spell with the second new ball. "We were a bit behind in the Test on Sunday. The bottom line is that I want to win and I think I played an important part in coming out there firing on Monday morning. "I'm a senior bowler, but Cuffy and Sanford, who have just come in, have been bowling well. I just regard myself as one of the bowlers and want to help my team win the Test. That's my goal." Dillon began the slide with the dismissal of in-form Venkat Sai Laxman, who inside- edged the ball on to his stumps after adding 14 to his overnight score of 60.
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