India deserve series victory, says Chappell

Published: Thursday, June 29, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kingston:Asserting that Team India deserved to win at least one of the three drawn Tests, coach Greg Chappell said good bowling and weather again held the key to a result in the fourth and final Test against West Indies here.

''We have played some good cricket this series but haven't had the result. Last match of the series and we would like to finish it on good note. We have played good enough cricket to win at least one. We need to win one if we can but it depends on weather also,'' said the Indian coach.

''Bowling wise we have to improve but if we look in the context of number of wickets fallen this series, we would have the advantage over the opposition. Young seamers have done well, Irfan is still a young fast bowler who continues to learn and spinners have also done their part,'' said Chappell.

Both India and West Indies have batted well in the series so far but have been falling short on the task of taking 20 wickets to win a match.

''Our batters have done very well. It was good to see (VVS) Laxman get a hundred, (Mohammad) Kaif also scored his first century.

(Rahul) Dravid continues to score and (Virender) Sehwag and (Wasim) Jaffer have been in very good form. I take our batting as huge plus point for us this series,'' said Chappell.

Chappell said he was confident that his side would continue to dominate the hosts and hopefully pull off a result to claim the series.

''We would like to take our good form to the last match. We have bowled well and batted well but at different time. We have to excel in both to win here. It is very important to start well on the first day and hopefully we can take away from there,'' he said.

Locked 0-0 after three Tests, India and West Indies couldn't have hoped for a better venue to settle scores. Sabina Park ground here has not seen a drawn match in the last eight years. England held West Indies to a draw in a match where only 11 overs could be bowled due to rain.

But draw is not a result India is looking forward to. Ranked third in the ICC Test rankings before coming here, India were clear favourites to beat West Indies ranked a lowly eighth.

A drawn series would be a bonus for West Indies but a 0-0 score line for India could mean a loss of face. Stalemate is an option India would love to avoid in this series.

While Chappell says the team has been trying hard to prise out a result, both the teams have been criticised for adopting defensive tactics but West Indies coach Bennett King rejected such suggestions.

''I don't think the captains have been defensive. Both sides have been trying hard and had their opportunities. It might look from outside that the captains are defensive but on the ground they have to take the decisions and I feel they have been trying pretty hard,'' said King.

Looking at the pitch that would assist seamers, India might be forced to make a few changes to the squad that played in the last match.

King also felt that second innings bowling was an area of concern for his team.

''We need to find a way to take wickets when the ball is old and when the pitch has become flat with low bounce in the second innings. In the first innings we have done well. Other than one good first innings by India, we have dominated there. But we have to be more strategic in the second innings to take 20 wickets in a match,'' he said. West Indies have the upper hand at the Sabina Park against India having won six of the nine Tests here and losing none

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