Harbhajan confident that India can fight back

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Chennai: After admitting that India had given away too much runs on the first day of the first Test against South Africa here, Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh exuded confidence that the team would fight back on the second day.

Talking to newspersons after the match, Harbhajan said ''it is a matter of two more wickets. I think we can do it tomorrow (today).'' He said the wicket was flat and was helpful for the batsmen. The second innings would be very difficult for the South Africans to bat on.

''Though we did well in the last two sessions, we gave away 20 to 30 runs due to poor fielding,'' he pointed out.

To a question, he said it would have been better if there was a fifth bowler in the team.

However, he said he was happy with the current squad.

On the sparse crowd for the match, Harbajan said the cricket fans here would like to watch Sachin more. Had India batted today, there would have been a good crowd.

Asked if this Test match was also being used to publicise the forthcoming IPL matches, Harbajan said ''we are here to play a very important Test match. We are very focused on winning this Test. We are not thinking about IPL now.'' South Africa opener Niel Mckenzie, who did the spade work along with his captain Greame Smith for a good first innings total, said ''we need to add another 100 to 150 runs to be in a good position.

One of our batsmen at the crease (Amla or Devilliers) should get a good score,'' he pointed out.

Expressing disspointment over missing the century by six runs, Mckenzie said no Indian bowlers in particular was difficult for him to play.

''As a unit, however, Indian bowlers bowled well,'' Mckenzie said and added we were happy to win the toss.

He said, ''it is always good to win the toss in the subcontinent and put a big first innings total.''


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