We want to seal series in Nagpur, says Doherty

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Published: Monday, October 28, 2013, 17:56 [IST]
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Nagpur, Oct 28: Left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty on Monday said Australia are aiming to seal the seven-match One Day International series against India here on Wednesday.

Doherty said they were looking to wrap the series in Nagpur in the sixth ODI and don't want to wait till the seventh and final game on Saturday (November 2) in Bangalore.

Want to seal series in Nagpur: Doherty

Leading 2-1, Australia and India will face off in Nagpur on Wednesday (October 30). Two matches (Ranchi and Cuttack) have been washed out due to rain in the rubber.

"We have come here (Nagpur) to win this game and we're not worried too much about Bangalore. At the moment we are worried about winning this game and wrapping it up on Wednesday," Doherty told reporters on Monday.

"From our point of view this is the game we want to win. We don't want to save it for the last game on Sunday. We want to wrap up this game. Obviously from their (India's) point of view they need to win to stay alive and from that point, it is pretty crucial for them," Doherty added.

Doherty agreed that it has been a tough series for all the bowlers with consistent scores of over 300.

"It's been pretty tough going for all bowlers. Conditions have been tough. It's been a rude challenge," he said.

"(But) from spectators point of view (there have been) more boundaries (hit), more runs scored. There have been 350-run chases and I am pretty sure we will have 400-run chases soon. No doubt that's the way cricket has been going.

"From my point of view, am trying to get my ten overs in as best as I can, build up pressure and get some wickets either from my end or at the other."

India are in a must-win situation to save the series. They need victories in both ODIs to claim the rubber.


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