India U-19 hoping to take lead against Aussies

Published: Friday, September 23, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:The India Under-19 team would be looking forward to pull off another win and take a lead as they go in the third one-dayer against the Australians here tomorrow.

With the series locked 1-1 after Mohali, the two encounters in this picturesque town could go a long way to deciding who takes the final honours.

The matches gain added significance due to the Youth World Cup scheduled for February next year in Sri Lanka.

With the pitch here slower than the one in Mohali, the Indians would be eyeing a target between 270 and 290 it if they bat first.

However, skipper Ravi Kant Shukla made it clear that he would prefer to chase as that would give his side a set target in mind.

"We are not sure what the Australian batsmen can chase down so we would prefer to bat second," Shukla said.

Shukla emphasised that batsmen needed to apply themselves and spend time at the crease.

"In the last game, many of us got off to starts and then squandered our wickets. It is important for the first five in the order to bat for at least 40 overs after which we can make a charge," the Uttar Pradesh lad said.

The Indians managed a two wicket victory in the first encounter but were thoroughly outplayed in the second,suffering a six wicket loss.

Coach Venkatesh Prasad was hoping for a better performance from his side in the next two games of the five-match series.

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