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Sachin fit to open as India meet Windies today

Published: Thursday, September 14, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Star batsman Sachin Tendulkar is set to open the batting as his comeback begins in earnest in India's opening match of the tri-series against West Indies.

Less than four overs were bowled in the abandoned series against Sri Lanka and South Africa, after he recuperated in England following shoulder surgery.

He will open with skipper Rahul Dravid, who said the rest of the order "depends on conditions and the situation".

Dravid is confident that he team will atone for their comprehensive defeat against the Windies last time out.

"We are keen to change that," he said. "We have flexibility and depth in our batting and the key is to use it well. Our aim is to play competitive cricket and if we do that I'm sure the results will come

India miss middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh, who has been battling a viral fever and was only due to arrive in Malaysia at some point on Thursday

After losing against Australia, Brian Lara spoke of how important it was to maintain his team's psychological hold over India. "We have to dig deep." Lara said

Openers Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul made an outstanding start as the Windies chased a target of 280 against the Australians.

But after an opening partnership of 136 in 18 overs, the last nine wickets fell for a mere 29 runs, Lara out third ball for one and none of the final eight batsmen reaching double figures.

"We've got to put that one behind us," said Lara, whose team beat India 4-1 in the Caribbean in May.

"That psychological advantage we had over India we have to continue here," he said. "We know what the pitch is playing like and hopefully the fact they haven't played on this surface yet could be advantageous to us."

India will be without evergreen spinner Anil Kumble, who was left out of the squad for both this series and the Champions Trophy to rest tendinitis in his shoulder, which forced him to return home early from his stint with Surrey.

Harbhajan Singh will therefore take on the main spinning mantle and he said: "There are no special instructions, but I have realised that once I hit the right spot, the wickets will come."

India miss middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh, who has been battling a viral fever and was only due to arrive in Malaysia at some point on Thursday.

And Dravid is confident that he team will atone for their comprehensive defeat against the Windies last time out.

"We are keen to change that," he said. "We have flexibility and depth in our batting and the key is to use it well. Our aim is to play competitive cricket and if we do that I'm sure the results will come."

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