Indian colts confident about series win

Published: Wednesday, January 26, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:With their morale high after thrashing the England under-19 team in Bangalore, Indian colts would look to clinch the series with a win in the second 'Test' beginning at Eden Gardens on Thursday.

"Our boys have gained much confidence from the brilliant performance in the first Test. We are ready to take on the England side on any pitch," coach Venkatesh Prasad said on Thursday.

While all-rounder Manoj Tiwari, who stewarded the India team to a 293-run victory in just three days in the series opener, deserved special mention, the form of the other batsmen was also re-assuring, he said.

The visitors, on the other hand, looked a bit confused with the Indian spin and had to boost themselves up with the expectation that the Eden track would be a flat one.

Admitting their weakness against spin attack, captain Steven Davies said: "We underwent a week-long spin camp back home, but I think it was not enough."

Besides the spin bowling of Tiwari, who scalped five in the second innings, the Indian top order batting also posed a problem for the junior English side.

However, "we feel the Eden pitch will be a bit more bouncy and flat and help the batsmen. We have to make efforts to deal with their spin as also try to get their openers out quickly."

Among the rival batsmen, Davies said Indian openers Robin Utthapa and Shikar Dhawan as also skipper A T Rayudu showed good form.

The left handed batsman and wicket-keeper hailing from Worcestershire, however, attributed their humiliating loss in Bangalore to the pitch condition and the spin bowling by the Bengal lads.

While Prasad had all the confidence in the Rayudu-led squad, his counterpart Andy Pick did not look comfortable with the display by his boys in the first Test.

The two teams would play three youth Tests and five one-dayers during the month-long tour by the visitors.

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