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Middle order batsmen have to score more: Gayle

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Cuttack:Stand-in skipper Chris Gayle said the collapse of the middle order and countering spin bowling let the West Indian side down in the second One-dayer against India at the Barabati stadium here last night.

Talking to the media in the post match press conference, Gayle said, ''Shiv (Shivnaraine Chanderpaul) played a very valuable knock, but we lost too many wickets too soon. The guys in the middle have to score more runs.''

On the pitch, he said, ''The pitch became easier in the second half. The balls came on to bat. But the boys found it difficult to bat. We understand that it is something we have to take care before the World Cup.'' ''The wicket was more difficult in the morning and the fast bowlers starting from Bradshaw to Bravo, all did a great job. I, in fact, bowled only one over, but the wicket started to spin in the evening,'' he said.

Asked if Sachin's bowling made the difference, he said, ''Yes, Sachin bowled very well. He is a guy the Indian team can be proud of. He always gets a few wickets when he bowls. We will have to find ways to counter him in the next two games.'' ''It is a challenge playing his bowling,'' he added.

''Hopefully, we will find ways to get around the Indian side in the coming two matches. The Indians came on top with a better batting display on a wicket that was certainly not conducive to batting, But having said that I would like to add that Indians were the better side,'' he said.

On the visitors' chances of coming back in the series, Gayle said, ''There was a fair chance. Shiv is in fine nick. We need to get around and bat around him and put up good totals. The bowlers have also done a fair job till now.'' On whether Chanderpaul should have finished off the match earlier, he said, ''We lost a few key wickets early in the innings.

And Shiv knows how to control the innings. That's Chanderpaul you see. He was under pressure as we kept on losing wickets.''

UNI

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